6. Pleasantville

Written by Gary Moss

Two 1990s teenage siblings find themselves in a 1950s sitcom where their influence begins to change that complacent world profoundly.

Why It’s Innovative: The gimmick of teenagers thrown into a television show world could have been a studio comedy full of hijinks and fancy special effects, but Moss managed to adapt the gimmick into an innovative way to tap into character depth and universal themes.