Let us take a moment to talk about TV. About all it was. About all it is. About all it can be. First, I want to start this with a flashback. TV in the 90’s. Do you know what we had? 90210. E.R. Melrose Place. Full House. Now please, take a moment to flash forward with me. What do we have now? We have The Walking Dead, Justified, Downtown Abby, (had) Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Orange is the New Black, House of Cards, Community, Rick and Morty, The Big Bang Theory, and I could go on and on. Do you see a difference there between the quality of television then and now? Yes, you do. We all do. The question I have to ask is, have we hit a high water mark for television?
You may not like the answer here. The truth is, in this writer’s honest opinion. Yes. All you need to do is look at Sunday night’s TV in the last five years to notice. Sunday nights alone destroy anything that ever on TV before. Game of Thrones. Walking Dead. Breaking Bad. That is just one a Sunday. Once you look at the quality of the sitcom, it also becomes quite evident. Shows like The Big Bang Theory and Community are streets ahead of the shoddy situation comedies of the 80’s and 90’s.
Add to that the newest edition of (good) horror TV to drive this home. You would have never had shows like Hannibal, American Horror Story or Walking Dead as full shows years ago, yet here they are. The most shocking part? They are good. I would even go so far as to say right now, TV may be trumping films as well. Was there any movie you have seen in the last decade that was as enthralling as Breaking Bad? Exactly my point.
Though it may bother some, the truth is yes, we have hit a high water mark for television. We have shows for every kind of person. Heck, there are whole NETWORKS devoted to most people’s tastes. from SyFy to Fear to Lifetime, there is literally something for everyone.
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