Dancing with the stars....
• United States
I watched from the very first season. It was on during the summer which is a time when they put crap shows on as filler. They never expected it to be such a hit. If I remember correctly, there was no audience voting back then--just the judges--and there was this big drama when the channel's soap star (Kelly Monaco) won the finale instead of the fan favorite. They actually had a "rematch" and, of course, the guy won. I watched for many years after that but eventually I got bored with it. The "stars" became bigger and bigger no names.