Growing up in an immigrant household, I did not have many chances at watching American TV. My parents hid the remote when they were not home. And when they did watch it would always be Chinese TV VCR tapes that they used to rent from the Chinese video stores. So I grew up on Chinese TV programming even though I lived in NYC.
Chinese TV series were entertaining in their own way but they never portrayed real life. It was just a bunch of beautiful people parading around having all sorts of love triangles. It was not until after college that I got into watching US primetime series. And how I enjoyed them!
My favorite is Fraiser, which introduced me to a world that I did not know existed. Coming from a poor immigrant background, I was never exposed to culture, fine dining, art, architecture, decor, and a myriad of other facets of upper middle class life. Prior to the show, I thought Olive Garden was a classy restaurant.
Additionally, Fraiser and Niles taught me that a person is so much more than their exterior appearance. Intelligence, integrity, wit, humor, personality, are the things that I should be looking for in my future partner rather than mere good looks. By the end of the series, I had developed a crush on Niles!
The show also taught me to do the right thing without shoving it down my throat. I love the series so much that I rewatch it every year. To date it is the only TV series that I have ever purchased.
If you never watched Fraiser, I highly recommend you give it a try. It is a timeless classic.