The "Super Bowl" episode of a television show usually guarantees a few things: great guest stars and explosive story moments. Regardless of which show is chosen for broadcast after the Super Bowl has probably reached the largest audience it will ever have, and the producers are doing their best to bring it to fruition.
2020s post-Super Bowl show on Fox marks the debut of Season 2 of The Masked Singer. As exciting as it sounds, the Super Bowl has been used over the years to fuel all types of shows and is often used as a launch pad for brand new shows, some of which last over a decade, while others – like 24 spin-offs – Legacy that aired after the 2017 Super Bowl LI ̵
Read six of the greatest TV moments after the Super Bowl below.
The highest rated episode of Friends of All Time (1996)
The episode of Friends after the Super Bowl reached 1996 according to Nielsen, making it the best rated episode of the show of all Times (the last episode of 2004 had only 52.5 million viewers) and the largest episode ever aired after the Super Bowl. There were a number of guest stars: Brooke Shields, Chris Isaak, Julia Roberts and Jean-Claude Van Damme were among them. Can you guess from this list that it was 1996?
In times of streaming services and a million other distractions, it is next to impossible for a post-Super Bowl show to do these numbers again – Friends was a TV phenomenon like nothing else back then.
Family Guy's debut and the Simpsons Super Bowl episode (1999)
Love it or hate it (the former is more likely if you are under 20) the adult animated sitcom Family Guy that was launched during the Clinton administration and will air more than two decades later.
It aired on Fox in 1999 as part of a double bill, followed by The Simpsons Season 10 episode Sunday Cruddy Sunday. This Simpsons episode actually takes place during the Super Bowl and contains a cameo by Rupert Murdoch (it makes sense somehow if you look at it).
In 2005, the American father of Family Guy inventor Seth MacFarlane also made his debut after the Super Bowl – the Simpsons before that were broadcast on this occasion.
Alias: Phase One (2003)
This episode of the Alias espionage drama was the worst-rated post-Super Bowl show of all time and makes perfect sense. Alias was a dense spy drama staged by JJ Abrams. It was never a huge success, which is why it wasn't exactly suitable for a football-loving audience.
However, Phase 1 is arguably the best episode of a show that was ever aired after the Super Bowl because it completely reset the show's status quo. The spy drama about a double agent was turned upside down when the protagonist Sydney Bristow (Jennifer Garner) blew up her cover and turned on her old bosses.
Without an alias, it is unlikely that we would have ever lost most of the latest Star Trek films or Abrams & # 39; Star Wars endeavors. And this episode was perhaps the highlight of the show.
The Office: Dwight & # 39; s Fire Drill (2009)
In the fifth season of the two-part episode, the Office had some things in common with other shows after the Super Bowl Stress relief, including big guest stars in Jack Black and Jessica Alba (both of whom can be seen in a film within the show so as not to compromise the realism of the office environment). But the episode might be remembered best because Dwight's fire alarm (above) went wrong and he tried to teach Dunder Mifflin's employees a lesson that backfires spectacularly.
Prince appears in New Girl (2014)
New Girl was a sitcom hotness in 2014, and Prince was a pretty big hit for the Zooey Deschanel show. As witnessed, the previous episode of New Girl had fewer than four million viewers, while this episode reached over 26 million viewers. This is the Super Bowl effect at work.
Jack's death in This is Us (2018)
The creepy drama This is Us was an instant hit with NBC both in the past and in the present and after the life of two parents and their three grown children. Given this narrative framework, the show had fooled the death of father Jack Pearson (Milo Ventimiglia) for a while. This episode showed its downfall in a fire, and that's exactly what you want to see after a football game – that's more than 26 million viewers, three times more than the audience that has tuned into the previous episode.