• From cliffhangers to laugh tracks to commercials to crossovers, TV shows throughout history have made use of certain techniques over and over again to the delight (and dismay) of viewers everywhere. But it's these staples that give television its unique flavor, one laced with guilty pleasure.

    There's no shortage of tricks that the network bigwigs will pull, and new tricks are developed each day. If you sit down and think about them way too hard, you may end up believing they have personalities. And if you've soaked up just enough of that radiant TV glow in your brain, you may just decide to write a personality test about them.

    But... I'm not just going to throw a bunch of random personality questions at you. No, that would be too easy. Instead, I'm going to cast you as the main character in four completely made-up TV shows, put you through a set of situations, and see how you respond. Then, based on the personality you put into your decisions, we'll figure out which TV staple fits you. (Even though you'll be playing a character, don't worry about getting into the character's head. Just be yourself.)

    Ready for your big debuts?