It's our birthday!

By Jess Cagle
Updated February 26, 2010 at 05:00 AM EST

Twenty years ago in mid-February, the first issue of a new magazine, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY, hit stands. It was a big day for me. I was a young reporter at the magazine, a Texan newly transplanted to New York. All those movies I had escaped to as a kid and the endless hours of TV I had absorbed had actually led to a job where the chief requirement was a passion for entertainment. I couldn’t — still can’t — believe my luck. Readers adored EW as much as I did. It quickly evolved from a wobbly toddler to a powerful, fun-loving arbiter of pop culture. As the entertainment universe has expanded, so have we — besides movies, TV, books, and music, we now have theater, apps, games, and websites on the menu, as well as 24/7 breaking news and hilarious commentary and video on our website ( Stay tuned; soon you’ll get ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY on more digital platforms. We plan to spend the next 20 years doing what we do best: making sure you’re the first to know about the best (and worst) in pop culture; giving you unparalleled access to Hollywood’s best and brightest; and helping you make the most of the precious time and money you spend on entertainment. This is the first of three anniversary issues we’ll publish this year, all of them dedicated to you — the demanding, smart, opinionated, and devoted EW reader. Here, we celebrate 20 years of Oscar, as well as 20 years of amazing work from Johnny Depp and director Tim Burton. But before we get to that, let’s look back at a few of our own favorite hits and misses.