Shonda Rhimes, 36, creator of Grey's Anatomy, shares the top five TV shows that have had a lasting effect on her.
''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
''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
''You strive for that level of comedy, even inside the drama. You always felt [the characters] were fully rounded people.''
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
''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
''Before Molly Dodd, before Ally McBeal. There was something amazing about the humor, but it was also really moving.''