The Man Who Started It All
There are so many shows on TV where a panel shouts at each other about politics that you can barely count 'em. But in the days before widespread cable and 24-hour news channels, the man to watch was John McLaughlin, whose McLaughlin Group essentially created the form and also set the gold standard.
His show started lurching into the truth in 1982 and continued up until he died. So let's say goodbye to John.