Love it or leave it, sometimes the best thing about the Super Bowl is the entertainment that follows it. To celebrate Super Sunday, here are five TV episodes that brought something special to their post-game moment.
When “The Wonder Years” debuted after the Super Bowl XXII game in 1988, it wasn’t the first series to premiere in that hallowed time slot, but it was arguably the most successful. America fell in love with the charming tale of how Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) and the country came of age during the late 1960s and early ’70s.
In 1997, Fox gave the most coveted annual spot on TV to “The X-Files,” then in its fourth season. The episode “Leonard Betts” was the perfect blend of the show’s horror and humanity, featuring a regenerating EMT who feeds on cancer and a corresponding diagnosis for one of the show’s primary players.
Lady Gaga isn’t one to pass up an opportunity to make a statement.
In 2010, the pop star famously wore a meat dress to the MTV Video Music Awards as a way to critique the soft brutality of female beauty standards. And when she performed at the Academy Awards last year, she surrounded herself with young people identified as survivors of sexual assault.
Now she’s preparing for a gig — and a platform — bigger than any other: the halftime show at Sunday’s Super Bowl, which she’ll headline before an estimated television audience of more than 100 million viewers.