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Watching TV is much more than a source of entertainment. Some popular programs have actually saved lives. The next time someone mentions how watching television rots your brain, direct them to this list of 10 shows that came in handy in dire life-or-death situations.

1. ‘The Walking Dead’

This show has no shortage of zombies, death, and gory scenes. But believe it or not, it actually helped a man named Kevin Sutton while he stood outside of a Best Buy store. He overheard an altercation, so he approached to see what was going on. That’s when he saw a man had been shot in the stomach. Using a technique he saw on The Walking Dead, Sutton administered a first aid technique, cleaned the gunshot wound, and applied pressure to the wound to stop the bleeding until the paramedics arrived.

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2. ‘X Factor’

Jacqui Gray appeared on the British show X Factor back in 2007. After singing for Simon Cowell and the rest of the judges, Cowell told her, “You have a very odd-sounding voice. Something happens to your throat when you sing… It is quite raspy. It sounds as if you have someone else in there. It sounded like you were choking on something.” She booked an appointment with her doctor and was informed that she had a rare lung disease, and if it had been left untreated, she would’ve died. She thanks the TV program for saving her life despite how harsh they were in critiquing her singing voice.

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