glen a richter wrote:
I have to (sort of) agree with jne. Today's TV, for the most part, pales in comparison to what was on the tube decades ago. Most of what's on TV today is garbage, but that's because most of what's on TV involves "real" housewives, the Kardashians, some sort of voting system, or the illusion of being stranded on a desert island with an entire crew of cameramen. It's really MTV's fault. When they transitioned to shows like Road Rules and Real World and kids (at the time) watched that stuff religiously, networks started to identify a shift in what people wanted to watch and the quality of TV, as we knew it, started to decline. The ultimate death of quality TV was after Seinfeld and Friends went off the air. A few shows hang on that don't completely stink. Big Bang is wildly popular, and "Wonder Years" type shows like The Goldbergs and Fresh Off The Boat are good for a few laughs a night. But for the most part, TV today is awful.
Sopranos? Breaking Bad? Mad Men? Fargo? Game of Thrones? Deadwood? Orange is the New Black? Arrested Development? True Detective? The Americans? (Some of those were on recently, not currently, but you get the point) Network TV, for the most part, is awful. But we've also just come off a time where NBC ran out a night of The Office, Community, 30 Rock, and Parks and Rec. None of those were ratings juggernauts, but they brought the single camera format to the forefront.
Yeah, there is a lot of crap out there, but only because there are hundreds of channels with thousands of hours available for content and something has to fill it. To key in on reality TV and MTV is looking past some of the fantastic/genre-bending work that's going on on TV right now. They aren't calling this the 'Golden Age of TV' for nothing.
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