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Shonda Rhimes' top five TV shows

Shonda Rhimes' top five TV shows -- The ''Grey's Anatomy'' creator remembers ''Good Times'' and ''Buffy''

Shonda Rhimes, 36, creator of Grey’s Anatomy, shares the top five TV shows that have had a lasting effect on her.

Good Times
1974-79
”There’s something about humor that’s born out of pain, and the emotional lives of people that feel real — yet heightened.”

The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd
1987-91
”It wasn’t on long, but it was the first show about a single woman who was unapologetically sexual. It was before its time.”

The Carol Burnett Show
1967-78
”You strive for that level of comedy, even inside the drama. You always felt [the characters] were fully rounded people.”

Buffy the Vampire Slayer
1997-2003
”Even though she was fighting vampires, she was also just a teenage girl who wanted to go to the prom.”

The Mary Tyler Moore Show
1970-77
”Before Molly Dodd, before Ally McBeal. There was something amazing about the humor, but it was also really moving.”

Originally posted November 24 2006 — 12:00 AM EST

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