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The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments on TV Land and TV Guide

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MUMBAI: From Muhammad Ali raising the torch at the 1996 Olympics to Janet Jackson's famous wardrobe malfunction at The Superbowl, American television has provided some significant and surprising moments in history.

US publication TV Guide and channel TV Land will premiere The 100 Most Unexpected TV Moments tonight 5 December 2005. This five-part special -- which coincides with the publication of TV Guide's editorial feature -- looks at some of the most unexpected milestones in US television history.

100 Most Unexpected TV Moments on TV Land features archival clips, interviews and rare appearances by celebrities who discuss the impact of television's most unanticipated moments.

Topics to be covered will range from the Al and Tipper Gore 

kiss to the late crooning sensation Frank Sinatra being surprised by the appearance of his new bride, actress Mia Farrow, on What's My Line?

From the surprising reunion of Sonny and Cher on Late Night with David Letterman to the bewildering St. Elsewhere finale to the Jackson Superbowl incident which is at num,ber four, this countdown special showcases the moments that have become indelibly etched in memories and will stand the test of time.

Tyson biting Holyfield's ear during a boxing match is the second most memorable moment. The top spot goes to finale of Newhart. This series reflects on more than 50 years of televised moments. It will span the spectrum of TV genres, including news, dramas, soaps, comedies, talk shows and sports.

The hightlights for the all time moments include eight Game Show moments like when contestant Yolanda Bowersley's top came down on The Price is Right. The famour ice skating scandal involving Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan that showed how bitter sporting rivalry can be is at number nine.

As far as awards shows are concerned the 1972 Oscars are featured. This was when Sacheen Littlefeather accepted an award on behalf of Marlon Brando who won for The Godfather. As far as music is concerned one time capsule moment that made the list is Courtney Love crashing Madonna's interview during MTV's Video Music Awards in 1995.

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