Mental Floss: The Curious Viewer

Mental Floss: The Curious Viewer

A Miscellany of Bingeable Streaming TV Shows from the Past Twenty Years

Jennifer Wood, The Team at Mental Floss


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From Mental Floss, the premier online destination for curious minds, comes a deep dive into the greatest television shows from the last 20 years. Filled with little-known facts and lists of must-see shows, this fascinating collection includes: The hardest role to cast on Game of Thrones • The DEA’s involvement in Breaking Bad • The lost Black-ish episode deemed too divisive for TV • The real-life inspiration for Mad Men’s Don Draper • The identity of “Ugly Naked Guy” on Friends • When George Lucas sued Battlestar Galactica • How Curb Your Enthusiasm saved a man from the death penalty • When Doctor Who’s TARDIS went to court • The story behind Law & Order’s iconic “dun-dun” sound effect The Curious Viewer also contains many of Mental Floss’s famously fascinating lists, such as Actors Who Asked for Their Characters to Be Killed Off, The Most-Watched TV Series Finales Ever, TV Characters Who Were Inspired by Real People, Bizarre TV Crossovers, Amazing One-Season Shows, Important Moments in LGBTQ+ History on TV, and Unforgettable Television Cliff-Hangers.


Jennifer Wood:
Jennifer M. Wood is the managing editor of Mental Floss and oversees the site's entertainment and pop culture content. She watches far too many British crime shows and regularly wrestles with whether The Wire or Breaking Bad is her favorite all-time show. Her writing has appeared in various publications, including WIRED, Condé Nast Traveler, Vulture, GQ, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, The A.V. Club, and The New York Times.|||