The five best old FOX TV shows were some of the Fox Broadcasting Network’s most successful television programs. FOX is the highest-rated broadcast network today, among people in the 18-to-49 age group. The network airs some of the most popular shows on television. But the company, launched in 1986, had some early success, as well.
Here are the five best old FOX television shows on record.
- “Married…With Children.” “Married…With Children” was the first prime time series to air on FOX. The sitcom ran for eleven seasons, from April 1987 to June 1997. Starring Ed O’Neill and Katey Sagal, the series followed shoe salesman Al Bundy, his wife Peggy, and their two teenaged children. It launched the career of Christina Applegate, who played the role of Kelly Bundy.
- “Melrose Place.” “Melrose Place” was a prime time soap opera that ran for seven seasons on FOX, from 1992 to 1999. The series was part of the “Beverly Hills, 90210” franchise produced by Aaron Spelling. During it’s second season, it won a People’s Choice Award for favorite television series. The show was set in a small apartment courtyard complex in West Hollywood, California. It launched or assisted the careers of Heather Locklear, Laura Leighton, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Daphne Zuniga, and Josie Bissett.
- “Party Of Five.” “Party Of Five” was an American teen drama. It aired for six seasons, from 1994 to 2000. Low ratings during the first season almost cancelled the show, but it nevertheless received much critical acclaim and a surprise Golden Globe awards. “Party Of Five” launched the careers of Neve Campbell and Jennifer Love Hewitt, as well as the careers of Lacey Chabert, Matthew Fox, and Scott Wolf.
- “The X-Files.” One of the most popular old FOX television shows was “The X-Files.” It was a science fiction series that ran from 1993 to 2002. A huge hit for the FOX network, “The X-Files” characters and slogans became touchstones for the popular culture of the 1990's. The series starred David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson as FBI agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully. Their assignment? To investigate unsolved cases involving paranormal phenomena. “The truth is out there.”
- “Ally McBeal.” Another of the FOX network’s best old TV shows was “Ally McBeal.” a comedy series that aired from 1997 to 2002. The show starred Calista Flockhart as a young Baltimore lawyer. Her life, along with the lives and loves of the other young lawyers in her firm, were eccentric, funny, and very dramatic. The series was heavily music-oriented, with Vonda Sheppard (then virtually unknown) continuously featured on the show. Despite its success, “Ally McBeal” received some negative criticism from feminist groups that found the title character annoying and demeaning to professional women.