Video: TVLine Turns 5, and Jim Parsons, Lauren Graham, Connie Britton and 51 Others Help Us Celebrate

TVLine 5They say it’s our birthday, and… well, they’re right.

I wish I could say that five years ago, I had a dream, but that’d be a boldfaced lie. It was PMC Chairman and CEO Jay Penske‘s dream to expand his burgeoning media empire to include a consumer television site geared toward obsessive, discriminating viewers like myself. And he asked — patiently, persistently and over a fair number of sushi dinners — if I’d help him make it a reality. I eventually said yes, immediately recruited industry MVPs Matt Mitovich and Michael Slezak to join me on the adventure, and on Jan. 4, 2011, TVLine was born.

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And look at us now, celebrating our fifth birthday. No, seriously — look. I’ll wait.

On this momentous occasion, I could blather on about how TVLine wouldn’t have made it to five hours, never mind five years, were it not for the passion, dedication and support of my editorial team (the aforementioned pair of Ms as well as Kimberly Roots, Andy Swift, Vlada Gelman, Rebecca Iannucci and the one who got away, Meg Masters).

Or I could rattle off statistics about our enormous traffic growth and impressive reader engagement (from 2 million unique visitors in Y1 to the 9+ million UVs we average now).

Or I could prattle on about how proud I am that we stuck by our original mission statement to be the ultimate one-stop destination for the TV super-fan (and without krappy Kardashian-esque klutter, either).

Or I could tell you about all the cool coverage that we have planned to mark our milestone this week (flashback galleries, self-aggrandizing videos, double-the-scoop output).

Or I could just say thank you to you, our awesome readers, for being every bit as enthusiastic as you are discerning.

But instead, I’m going to point you to the video player above and suggest that you watch as a bunch of TV big-timers wish us a happy birthday — some earnestly, some goofily, all wonderfully.

Comments are monitored, so don’t go off topic, don’t frakkin’ curse and don’t bore us with how much your coworker’s sister-in-law makes per hour. Talk smart about TV!

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  1. Miss Ellys says:

    Congrats. You guys are my favorite place to stop for scoop on most of my favorite shows. (Not nearly enough Poldark coverage)

  2. Tim says:

    This is my favorite site—thanks so much, you all have the best job, i’m jealous!

  3. Demi says:

    Happy Anniversary TV Line, came across this website when I was looking for a Grey’s Anatomy scoop and I have not looked back since then. Here’s to many more years!!!

  4. MJ says:

    I have followed you since you were on TVguide and I have been a reader since the beginning of TVLine. Keep up the good work! Happy Anniversary!

  5. KM says:

    A very happy birthday TV LINE, you all do great work, especially you Matt, and here to many more,

  6. Joey Padron says:

    Great birthday video and great post Michael about the site. So glad to have discovered TVline. My favorite website for all things TV and news and scoop about my favorite shows. Happy 5th Birthday TVline!

  7. Caiti says:

    When TVLine took all the good writers from EW (I wish I were kidding…) what choice did I have but to follow? Can’t believe that was 5 years ago, congrats guys! <3

  8. Joey Padron says:

    Forgot to add wrote with the first sentence.

  9. jimbo says:

    Happy Birthday, TV Line! Here’s to many more years of awesome television!

    (Loved Lauren’s bit, such a tease haha)

  10. Emily says:

    Happy Birthday TVLine! It feels like it’s been much longer than 5 years (probably since I’ve been following Michael Ausiello from TV Guide to EW to here). To me, you guys have set the standard in what television journalism should be. Congrats to the whole team!

  11. Ingmar says:

    Congrats TVLine! When I wake up I have some sites that I always visit…and TVLine is always the first. It’s my starting page actually. I’m obsessed with TV and it’s nice to visit this place, because it’s obvious the staff is just as obsessed as I am. Also…the best of wishes from the Netherlands. I’m looking forward to the articles to come!

  12. Jennifer says:

    Happy Birthday! I love this site! It’s my first stop when I get to work and check it frequently. Love the coverage and pics! Keep up the great work!

  13. Anna says:

    Happy birthday TVLine! I’ve been here from the very beginning and I’ll continue to be here from now on. To another five years!

  14. Gwen says:

    Happy birthday! You are my favorite TV information website (even though I never get a question answered). And I SO appreciate the lack of Kardashian-esque clutter! I also enjoy the give-and-take in comments with other fans. Keep up the great work!

  15. LADY_in_MD says:

    Thank you to all the TVLINE staff for five great years of tv coverage here is to many more!

  16. Kris says:

    Can I just say how happy I am that you included Meg Masters in your post? I miss her articles so much… Thank you all for five years of awesomeness – I don’t know what i would do without TVLine! <3

  17. Will Sanborn says:

    Goodness, can’t believe it’s been five years. I haven’t followed a website for as long or as religiously. Surprised I haven’t converted more of my friends to the site with the amount of sharing I do. o.O

    Anyway, if Zach Levi is right, and we only have at least 5 years left, it’ll be the best 5 years ever. (Goodness, I’ll be 30 then!)

  18. Em says:

    Followed you here from the start, Michael. Always my first look for TV news, scoop and especially to fuel my slightly unhealthy spoiler addiction. Happy Birthday!!

  19. Simon says:

    Happy Happy Birthday!!!!!!!!!!

  20. c-mo says:

    Congrats on 5 years! I’ve been a reader for more than half that time and you have become as addictive as my favorite tv shows. I came to this site because of a Castle article but have stayed for the staff. The talent of the entire staff, including the one that got away, is unmatched. Thank you for 5 glorious years and here’s to many more! Cheers!!!

  21. spindae2 says:

    Congrats and Thx for all the great work U have done. Xoxo

  22. Radha says:

    Happy Birthday to TVLINE and it’s wonderful staff. Let’s make it another 5 years! :D

  23. Babybop728 says:

    Followed Ausiello here from EW and glad I did! This site has kept me sane (and well informed in TV) throughout my college years. Love you all!

  24. Tatjana says:

    Happy birthday & thank you!

  25. Jennifer says:

    Thank you for keeping me entertained and informed every day! You guys do an incredible job! Keep it up!

  26. Celyn says:

    Happy 5th Birthday to my favorite site! While you don’t always cover all of my favorite shows as much as I would like, you do cover and share awesome stuff but most of all I am beyond grateful that you don’t cover that Kard-esque crap.

  27. Lauren says:

    I can’t believe it’s been five years! I immediately followed you guys over here from some other site and I haven’t looked back! Thank you for going above and beyond celeb gossip and providing us TV nerds real BTS insight and information. This is my favorite site, I love what you do!

  28. Bwhit says:

    This is by far my favorite TV website! You guys are always the first to break news and have to best columns. Congrats on five years and many more to come :)

  29. Annie says:

    Congratulations. I’ve been an Aus-hole since your TV Guide days and am proud to say I was here when TL debuted!

  30. Kelly Morgan says:

    Congrats, I couldn’t make it through a week without you

  31. Kim says:

    Happy Birthday, TVLine. You are my favorite site for scoop and spoilers.

  32. Happy Birthday TV Line. Feels like it’s been longer than 5 years though

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  34. Luis says:

    Happy 5th Anniversary to my favorite source for TV news and spoilers!

  35. Victoria says:

    Happy Birthday!!! One of my favorite sites of all, here’s to many more birthdays of insightful and informative TV news coverage!!

  36. Shira says:

    Happy Birthday TVline!!! You made this TV consumer who thought she watches too much TV to realize she’s only average (even below average) and saved her mental health. You’re all obsessive and I can’t thank you enough for all your wonderful work. Mazel Tov!

  37. KT5 says:

    Congratulations TV Line for setting the industry standard for quality. I started watching Michael Slezak’s recaps of American Idol on his other show. I kept thinking that I was losing my ability to judge singing because of the judge’s ridiculous and confusing comments and was relieved to read Michael Slezak’s recaps agreeing with me. I followed him over and have continued to enjoy his and the other’s recaps of the shows I watch. May you continue for many years to come.

  38. Sarah9 says:

    Congratulations this is a great site for information and i hope you have many more years to celebrate.

  39. violet says:

    Happy 5th bday TV Line! Thanks for existing much luuuve

  40. Nichole says:

    Thank-you so much for providing such a broad range of information on television shows via TVLine at no charge to us, the readers. It has been a pleasure to visit your site once or twice a day for some years now and I hope to be able to do so for many more. Best wishes to you all from Australia :)

  41. ghostface says:

    Happy birthday to the best TV site ever! Stay awesome!

  42. Jennifer says:

    HAPPY Big 5 Birthday TV Line and Many, Many, Many more to come.

    THANK YOU so much for everything you do!

  43. Karyb says:

    How is it possible it has been five years since I followed Mike, Matt and the TV Pack from

    I’m glad you guys struck out on your own. Best decision ever!

    Happy birthday, and best wishes for continued success.

  44. Amy says:

    Happy Birthday, TVLine! The site and all of you are a big part of every day for me. Thank you for being you!

  45. F says:

    Aww happy birthday TVLine!! My #1 source for all TV news!! May you keep at it for many years to come!!

  46. auntiemm says:

    A most Happy Birthday!

  47. J Frost says:

    Happy Birthday TV Line from Scotland! I love your site and rely on it for all my TV scoop. I’ve actually given up reading two other TV entertainment sites (which shall remain nameless!) to just read yours. Congrats! To many more years of TV scoop…

  48. Vicky says:

    Congrats!!! I have been following you since you were on TV Guide. You are my go to TV Scoop!!! Keep up the great work.

  49. herman1959 says:

    Congrats Michael. I enjoy the site, especially Matt’s work…I hope he got a good raise.

  50. Easily the best TV site out there. Congrats on 5 years, thanks for what you do and for loving TV as much as we do!

    That video made me slightly emotional…wasn’t expecting that