October 02, 2009 at 07:14 PM EDT

Happy birthday, The Twilight Zone! The classic series — which is about to be remade yet again into another film — debuted 50 years ago today. (Here are some guest stars who went on to be megafamous.)

I wonder if shows premiering now will have the same lasting impact. I…doubt it? And not because they’re not good or special or interesting, but because we dispose of them much faster. I feel like I watched a Twilight Zone marathon every New Years Eve when I was a kid, but I can’t really imagine watching, say, a 24 marathon 40-something years from now. There’s more of everything, and we go through it much faster.

Gaze into the crystal ball, PopWatchers: What if any contemporary show will be relevant 50 years from now?

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