SEASON 1, EPISODE 104 | AIRED ON 09/11/12

Moment #12: Oprah's Favorite Things

It's the show that quickly became the hottest ticket in television. The freebie phenomenon began with a 1996 show called "Celebrities' Favorite Things." Then, on November 23, 1999, Oprah hosted her first official Oprah's Favorite Things. Since then, 283 items were featured on the show and given to specially chosen audiences filled with teachers, Hurricane Katrina relief workers and more deserving people—all because of Oprah's belief that it's not a favorite thing if you're not willing to share it. "What I just love about Favorite Things is it became an iconic moment, one of the things Oprah was known for," says TV Guide Magazine editor-in-chief Debra Birnbaum.