I had a hard time coming up with a title that really describes what I am talking about. It started when the office was talking about the Simpsons movie, and I remarked “You know, the Simpsons was the first of its kind. And it was the best of its kind.”
That got me to thinking. It’s rare that any artist does something totally original that is also considered the best. Most take a genre that is already there and make it better. But there was nothing like The Simpsons when it started, and it was the best of what followed after it.
The only other example I can come up with is The Harry Potter Books. I don’t think anyone has even attempted to do anything like them.
So what are the others?