Back in the early days of TV there were only a small number of TV channels available. If you were fortunate enough to be born after cable TV channels started reaching the 30 to 100 number, you likely can’t imagine what it was like to only have three to five. But what if things were different? What if the radio waves that TV signals are broadcast on were never fully explored and we were stuck with just five channels today? If we still only had five channels to choose from today, odds are the following TV networks would be the kings. If you didn’t like what was on these channels, well… you wouldn’t have much of a choice. With shows like “American Idol” and “24” FOX has taken over primetime TV and created a big name for itself. Not to mention the huge entertainment studios that branch alongside the TV channel, FOX is big business. If it were one of the only five channels available on TV these days, you would be able to select shows like “So You Think You Can Dance,” “Glee,” the “Simpsons,” “House,” and a dozen other hit shows. Hate it or love it, NBC is one of the big networks that would undeniably be a channel if we were only restricted to five today. With NBC you would be able to enjoy such shows as “Law & Order,” “Friday Night Lights,” reruns of “Friends,” “Heros,” and the undeniably great “The Office.” CNN is… well, popular for a number of reasons (many of which are beyond me). But if we were limited to just five channels these days, CNN would be one of them. You would be tuning in regularly to shows like “Anderson Cooper 360,” “CNN Newsroom,” and even more “CNN Newsroom.” In-fact, the only reason CNN would be one of the channels you could tune-in to would be for news. Competing against CNN won’t be too easy for FOX News, but with a lineup that America apparently loves (each news personality has been touted as one of the most watched on TV) you can’t go wrong. Some of the news hosts include: Bill O’Reilly, Glenn Beck, Sean Hannity, Greta Van Susteren, Mike Huckabee, Shepard Smith, and Neil Cavuto. Last, but certainly not least, is ABC. The perfect channel for those who love good, quality drama television. Broadcast shows include: “All My Children,” “Good Morning America,” “20/20,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “Extreme Makeover,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “LOST,” and “Secret Millionaire.” So there you have it. If we were limited to just five TV channels today, these would likely be the stations you would have access to. The channels were selected based on their overall ratings and viewing audience in America. If you got to pick which five channels would stay on the air for life, which would you pick? Photo by Robert Anthony Provost.