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.
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.
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.