With the help of famous voices, we talk about the day of 9/11, before exploring how America came to terms with the tragedy and learnt to laugh again. Alternative title: The 2000s: A New Reality.
In the 2000s, television enjoyed a creative renaissance as audiences binged groundbreaking dramas like The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and Lost. It embraced reality shows like Survivor and American Idol, and laughed along with beloved comedies like Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office, and The Big Bang Theory.
In the 2000s, television entered the 'Platinum Age', as storytellers had license to take the medium to new heights. On cable, it was the decade of the antihero, with The Sopranos centred on a sympathetic mob boss, The Shield casting a dirty cop as the lead, and Breaking Bad turning Mr Chips into Scarface. Networks responded by taking creative risks, and audiences rewarded them by flocking to new shows like 24, Lost, Desperate Housewives, Glee, and Grey's Anatomy.
The 2000s was a decade of technological advancements that had long seemed the stuff of science fiction - a portable music player filled with thousands of songs, access to all the world's information in the palm of your hand, a way to connect with all your friends at the same time, and a store that sells everything and delivers it to your door. This is the story of how companies like Apple, Amazon, Facebook, YouTube, and Google went from scrappy startups to household names, and changed the world along the way.
The 2000s in music is a decade of massive change. It begins with boy bands and ends with female solo stars. It starts with a booming record business and ends with the shuttering of record stores. With the advent of Napster, an entire generation comes of age believing that music is free. Pop stars rule the early aughts, country music embraces patriotism in the wake of 9/11, indie helps revive rock and roll, and hip hop continues its ascent, conquering the mainstream and becoming the most dominant and influential genre of the decade.
Running on a platform of uniting the country, Barack Obama topples candidates from inside and outside the political establishment in the 2008 presidential election, but the insurgent Tea Party emerges as a potent foe as he ascends to the presidency.
A decade of corporate scandals, Ponzi schemes, predatory lending, booms, busts, and bailouts culminates in a financial crisis that threatens the global economy.
President Bush seeks to quell an insurgency in Iraq while seeking re-election. In his second term, he must respond to a devastating hurricane, a burgeoning financial meltdown, and his own plummeting poll numbers.
The rise of social media. September 11. The beginning of reality TV. Celebrities, including Donald Trump and Sharon Osborne, take a look back at the decade's biggest moments in news, TV, movies, music, pop culture, sport and politics.
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