The Golden Age of TV Is About Quantity as Much as Quality

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We live in a time when high-quality television has become the status quo. Shows like Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones dominate the landscape, telling stories in a way that would make Shakespeare himself proud. This has led many to dub this the “Golden Age of TV,” and honestly, they’re not wrong.

We’ve never had television that’s been quite this spectacularly good, with even middle-tier offerings managing to provide some semblance of depth and value. But it’s not all merely about the quality of a handful of shows. Rather, it’s the staggering amount of them.

The other day, comedian Patton Oswalt took to Twitter to praise all of his favorite TV shows, starting by naming them one by one, in individual tweets. From there, it escalated into stuffing five to six shows into single tweets, until he was listing them off in droves.

He touched on everything from Last Week Tonight to The Walking Dead, making one thing abundantly clear: There is so much good TV out there. The gap between amazing and unwatchable is filling up, giving us a treasure chest of upper mid-tier quality that simply didn’t exist even a decade ago.

The TV climate of the mid-2000s was one in which we had a handful of spectacular shows and an over-abundance of low quality titles. Fast forward to today, and the scales have balanced significantly. Mad Men feeling too heavy-handed for you? That’s great, because The CW has The Flash and Arrow to give you an entertaining break. Is Arrow too campy? Not a problem, because AMC’s Better Call Saul is ready to scratch your itch for something with more thoughtful writing.