By Michelle Lynn Tackett
Now, this is based on how I see it, so I am not trying to act like I am the authority, but I believe this. I don’t see this as another golden age of TV. If the best shows on TV are Fleabag and the last season of Game of Thrones, I’m sorry, but this seems like the Bronze age of TV, not a golden age. Don’t get me wrong I see some really good shows, but I am gonna list five reasons why we aren’t living in a golden age of TV.
1: Nothing original
I know, stories have been done over and over, there is nothing original now. It is how you tell the stories. What we’re seeing are the same stories over and over. A housewife who has a cheating husband, so she wonders about her life and gets a career? Check! Corrupt politician exposing the inner working of Washington? Check. A woman who sees how dysfunctional her family is? Check. I could go on. Stranger Things is good, but it’s like Supernatural and a modern version of Buffy. 24 and Lost were very original. I miss shows like that because they were trying to be different.
2: Everything is “Edgy”
There is cussing galore, blood, sex, and drugs in most shows. Even network TV is getting more “edgy” I use those quotations because when everyone does it, it isn’t edgy anymore. It makes it boring.
3: Too many shocks
Oh my gosh gurl, did you see what happened on Breaking Bad last night? Just about every show tries to out shock each other with twists and shocks. It has become a standard. Are we surprised anymore when the main character is killed off? Or when someone is the bad person now? It happens so much it doesn’t feel special anymore. When Buffy, 24 and Lost did this, it was news, now it is just another show trying to be shocking. If you ask me, it loses some of the effects. I don’t feel shocked anymore, I see the twist coming a mile away.
Men are clueless, sexist and dumb don’t cha know? I mean, we know that sexist writers used to write women bad ok? But, doing this to men isn’t equality. It is petty revenge. Why not make both genders equal in their struggles and intelligence? The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel has some of the worst male characters on a TV show. Cheating ex? Of course. Clueless dads? Yep. It is becoming a cliche. Writing strong women characters is great, but writing men like clueless idiots is not good. Remember Buffy? Angel, Spike, Xander, and Giles were Buffy’s equal.
There are too many shows now. On the one hand, it gives anyone a chance to make a show, but that also means that it can be too easy to get a show on the air with streaming services. This can be good, but it also can bring too much to the market. Here is hoping that this doesn’t lead to burnout.
What do you think? Do you think I am wrong and we are living in a golden age of TV? Tell me in the comments, I would love to hear from you.
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