TV’s Top Dramas Have Become Some of Our Highest Forms of Culture

TV’s Top Dramas Have Become Some of Our Highest Forms of Culture

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TV has always been looked down upon. Book readers sneered at anything that wasn’t read. Film buffs don’t consider TV shows anywhere near the same quality as movies. However, little by little, TV dramas have been changing. It has finally reached the point where TV’s top dramas have risen to a level that has never been seen from this many series at one time.

TV's Top Dramaz

What defines the TV shows that I am talking about as high forms of culture is that they all provoke conversations and debates about issues. Beginning with Lost and now, the best example of which is Breaking Bad, thousands of viewers are talking about and debating everything about these TV shows. And many of these discussions are philosophical. Right now, the most popular discussions taking place on both Dexter and Breaking Bad, are should Dexter and Walt be punished for their sins and what should their punishment be?

These discussions have come a long way from the days of water cooler talk when all anybody cared about was “Who shot J.R.?” When Lost was on the air, discussions ranged from religion to books to philosophy to almost everything. Lost led the way to the quality of TV’s top dramas now – Breaking Bad, Mad Men, House of Cards, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife and Dexter.

TV's Top Dramas

There are always going to be those that think that TV is the devil and will rot their brain. Sure, if you only which reality shows, maybe. But you can’t go to the movies and then put down TV. There is no longer that much of a difference, at least between TV’s top dramas and movies. In fact, I prefer TV dramas because I don’t have to say goodbye to the characters so soon. I get to spend time with them for years. Although even TV series have to end at some point.

Goodbye Dexter. You stayed a little too long but I loved you anyway. Goodbye Breaking Bad. It was a great run. One of the best TV series ever. And Lost, I’ll always miss you. You were my first. I even loved the finale.

 

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  1. I loved dexter but only seen the first few season. I plan on catching them all on Netflix now. And I never saw Breaking Bad but I was told I would love it.

  2. I’ve honestly never watched any of them. I don’t do a lot on prime time TV. We tend to do a lot more documentaries.

  3. I agree; TV has come a long way. I’m not a fan of reality shows at all, but some of the dramas out there are impressive.

  4. I’m loving the quality of the shows I’m starting to enjoy. I actually want to watch tv now instead of just turning it off when night time was filled with reality tv junk.

  5. I know a lot of people who are upset that Dexter is ending, I actually have never seen either BB or Dexter. There are some pretty amazing dramas out there though!

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