ABC’s TGIF lineup is one of the most inspired pieces of corporate invention in television history. The idea came from an ABC producer named Jim Janicek, who fondly remembered watching a Disney comedy block when he was a child. As such, he recommended that ABC bundle a few family sitcoms they were working on together in order to incentivize viewers to not change the channel for a few hours. The idea was a tremendous success, and it resulted in shows like Dinosaurs, Full House, and Family Matters becoming hit shows as well as cultural institutions.

For as successful as TGIF was, the uber-family friendly nature of ...

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