A colleague and I have been arguing about the Golden Age of TV. He states that modern shows like Game of Thrones, Arrested Development, Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black have revolutionized TV and have carried TV shows to an all time high as regards quality.
I on the other hand believe that the shows of quality have long since passed- the Sopranos, The Incredible Hulk, MacGyver, Knight Ryder, Perry Mason and the like were the true classics- original and unique, thereby setting a standard for all others. The shows of today are mass produced and over hyped; none of these shows carry the subtle creativity of the shows of old. Shows of today are ram packed with content, stats and extremities.
All the discovery and originality have been created, ages ago. Everything of today is basically regurgitated ideas from shows of old.
The shows of yesterday were ground breaking; they charted new territory and told the story effectively.
To say that TV has had a golden age and that it is gone already is to some extent discouraging. The first televisions that come to be were very dull to say the lest, in modern day just the graphics, sound, and all around experience has improved dramatically. Watching something live is now available unlike in the past, there is so much more offered in modern society so no matter what individuals enjoy there is bound to be something to entertain. Television hasn't been around for very long and there is still so much more it can do (unless the world ends but that's a whole different can of worms) and improvements and change have not stopped.If the story lines are bothersome than don't watch it and there are still very fascinating and good shows around (plus educational shows) . Originality isn't and never has been easy to come by however there are new ideas added to old ideas (sometimes) improving the story altogether and there is just a better way to present an good old story. The story's being told are at a peek, with more people having televisions than ever before there are more people to watch whatever suits them. If the plot and presentation isn't well liked it flops so despite the fact that some are less realistic and reasonable there is a group of viewers keeping it on air. With the variate and improvements of shows and the amount of viewers it is by far at its "golden age" if there isn't a better tomorrow to create a better "golden age" for television.