19. 'The State'
For viewers of a certain age, MTV's in-house sketch show was as vital a part of '90s alternative culture as Smashing Pumpkins b-sides and floral-print dresses with Doc Martens. Airing for 28 glorious episodes on the music channel before an ill-fated, one-time-only special on CBS caused its collapse, The State took its sprawling future-famous cast and parodied its own network's spin on youth culture to perfection. It also tweaked its own sketch-comedy form, screwing around with the very idea of the recurring characters that were the comparatively stodgy Saturday Night Live's stock in trade. Music rights tied up a DVD release for a decade, but a full soundtrack re-design has now enabled viewers everywhere to dip their balls in it at their leisure.—SEAN T. COLLINS