The Best In Super Bowl Lead-Out Programming
This Sunday, millions will gather around their screens for Super Bowl LI. It will be a win for whatever network broadcasts it, in this year's case Fox, as they collective eyes of the nation will be on them and (mostly) on them only.
They'll hope at least a portion of the millions stay tuned for what's on afterwards, as they reboot one of their most successful programs in 24:Legacy.
The Super Bowl lead-out spot is perhaps the most coveted spot in the history of television, as millions of people, either too lazy or too curious to change the channel or get up from their couches, will check out what's on after the (hopefully) exciting game. Here are a few of our personal favorites from the post Super Bowl chaos...
Super Bowl XXX-Friends
Appropriately titled "The One After the Super Bowl", the well-beloved sitcom, still working out the kinks in its second season, put on a star-studded episode guest starring Julia Roberts, Jean-Claude Van Damme, and Brook Shields. The episode is a little kooky, even by Friends's eccentric standards, but it did manage to draw over 52 million viewers, the most ever for a Super Bowl lead-out program, and the most in the series's run other than its well-received finale.
Super Bowl XXXIII-Family Guy
One of the more common themes of the Super Bowl lead-out program is that a new series will sometimes debut. Seth MacFarlane's magnum opus was one such program, its debut episode "Death Has A Shadow" even working the game into its plot. Perhaps no one envision Family Guy still being on the air for Super Bowl LI, but it's on, even if the laughs don't roll as well as they used to, in its 15th season.
Super Bowl XLIII-The Office
Quick, name a scene, any scene from The Office ever. Chances are, you named either "Jim plays a prank on Dwight", or you named this cold open from the episode "Stress Relief", where Dwight plays a prank on the whole office, starting this very ill-advised fire drill. The episode also features a couple of the show's more meme-able moments, including Michael's declaration "Oh my God! Ok it's happening" and his roast of the office with the tagline "Boom, roasted" that concludes the episode.
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