When culture critics look back at the television programs that were written, produced, and released over the last 20 years, they will refer to them as the Golden Age of TV. From long running comedies like Big Bang Theory and Arrested Development and the epic awesome dramas like The Sopranos, to the pop culture staples like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Game of Thrones, to the critically acclaimed Breaking Bad and Dexter—TV has been dominating our leisure time activities since 1997.
This list of fan gear essentials for the best TV shows since 1997 will help you wear a piece of your favorite TV series.
Executive producer Ron Howard narrates Arrested Development, which is a comedy sitcom about a no-longer-rich dysfunctional family that lasted for four seasons and 68 episodes, from 2003 to 2006. Several of the comedic actors went on to big roles in major motions pictures after their time on Arrested Development, like Jason Bateman (Juno), Michael Cera (Super Bad), and Will Arnett (Blades of Glory).
For some fan gear fun, get a t-shirt with Will Arnett’s character G.O.B. and his catchphrase “I’ve made a huge mistake.”
Big Bang Theory
Considering that The Big Bang Theory has been running for 10 seasons and has been renewed for another two seasons, it is safe to say it has a huge fan base. This comedy contrasts the scientific book smarts of geeky physicists Leonard (Johnny Galecki), Sheldon (Jim Parsons), and their friends with the common sense and social skills of aspiring actress Penny (Kaley Cuoco).
Show your support for this long-running comedy with Sheldon, who wears the cool DC Comics superhero fan t-shirts, by getting a fan t-shirt of Sheldon with scientific symbols behind him.
Five seasons, 62 episodes, comprised the extent of this hot hybrid of crime drama, thriller, and black comedy merged with bits of contemporary western. These ingredients coalesced together to form the basis of the hit TV series Breaking Bad.
Bryan Cranston played Walter White—a chemistry teacher with stage 3 lung cancer who turns to making the drug methamphetamine to stabilize his finances and his life.
You can’t go wrong with a “Better Call Saul” t-shirt to get compliments from other Breaking Bad fans when you are rocking it.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The progressively clever supernatural, fantasy, action, teen, horror TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer was created by Joss Whedon (The Avengers) and created a phenomenon when it was released in 1997.
Acting talent like Sarah Michelle Gellar and Seth Green made quite a name for themselves on this program. What Buffy the Vampire Slayer fan wouldn’t want a t-shirt that says “I Heart Buffy” with a dagger through the heart in true slayer style?
The crime drama Dexter centers around a forensic technician who is gifted in being examining blood spatter patterns—but who leads a second life as a vigilante serial killer. Dexter fans can’t go wrong with a black and white picture of Dexter on a t-shirt holding a bright yellow strip of police tape that says “Do Not Cross.”
Eastbound and Down
The sports comedy Eastbound and Down stars Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, a former professional baseball pitcher who is now a middle-school gym teacher. Get yourself a feisty braggadocios phrase “Dolla Dolla Bills Y’all” and a close-up picture of the main character Kenny Powers styling in a pair of sunglasses.
Game of Thrones
The famous fantasy TV show Game of Thrones concerns nine noble families battling for power over the mythical Westeros. Purchase a black Game of Thrones adjustable baseball cap with a cool map of this fantasy realm printed under the bill.
Rami Malek (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) stars Elliot Alderson, who is a cyber-security engineer turned hacker.
Grab the immediate attention of other Mr. Robot fans of this exciting series with the TV show’s title scrolled across a black t-shirt and the main character Elliot Alderson in a full-view pose.
The Sopranos is that long-running HBO mob drama that won 21 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe awards. The amazing cast included James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Vincent Pastore, and Steve Buscemi.
Showcase the entire cast across your chest on a black t-shirt with The Sopranos show title printed in bright red.
The Walking Dead
Based on the comic book, The Walking Dead is a gritty horror drama portraying life after a massive zombie apocalypse. Bring out the attention of other zombie fans with bloody red letters stating “Don’t Git Bit” blazed with each word positioned vertically on a black t-shirt.