11. Politically Incorrect
Air dates: 1993-1997
Star: Bill Maher
Preceding Comedy Central's The Daily Show by six years, highly opinionated comedian Bill Maher's seminal Politically Incorrect was the first program to bring Washington, D.C., and it's various issues, to the attention of humor-seekers everywhere.
Much like his current HBO program, Real Time with Bill Maher, Politically Incorrect housed the host and four guests (coming from different walks of celebrity, from government to entertainment) discussing, and often heatedly debating, the biggest news stories of the day. And also similar to Real Time, Maher's original series routinely pissed conservatives off, generated controversy, and provided the only platform for people as different as Ann Coulter and Carrot Top to verbally spar over the world's most important issues.