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10 TV Shows That Have Gained a Global Audience

Desperate Housewives

Are the women of Wisteria Lane America's new secret weapon in the fight against terrorism? According to a U.S. State Department cable unearthed by Wikileaks, hit TV shows such as "Desperate Housewives" are better at persuading Saudi youth to reject violence than millions of dollars of U.S. propaganda. The shows are broadcast uncensored in Saudi Arabia [source: Daily Mail]. In 2008, "Desperate Housewives" had an international TV following of 61.5 million viewers, outdistancing such hits as "Monk" and "Ugly Betty" [source: West].

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