Comedian David Feldman posted a much deserved rant on Facebook about reality television the other day. And while I agree with him that there's more crap on TV than ever before, there's also more truly brilliant programing than ever before.
I'm stoked about the new television season, and all new episodes of "House", "The Walking Dead", "Mad Men", "30 Rock", "Breaking Bad", "Psych", "Weeds", "Castle", "Boardwalk Empire", "Dexter", the unintentionally hilarious "CSI:Miami", "The Venture Brothers", "The Green Room", "Real Time", "Penn & Teller", plus all the on-going shows like "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson", "The Daily Show" & "The Colbert Report".
Throw in the British imports we get on BBC America and PBS we have to throw in "Top Gear", "Being Human", "Misfits", "Doctor Who", "Sherlock" (the new one), "Luther", "Inspector Lewis" and all those other great shows on "Mystery",
And all that's just off the top of my head. I'm sure there's a shitload of other great shows I'm spacing on, and more still that I'm simply not familiar with.
There's so much good on the tube that I suggested that television might well be in its second Golden Age, and I was completely serious. I mean, let's be honest, TV's first Golden Age really wasn't all that spectacular. We're viewing it through the rose-colored beer-goggles of nostalgia, focusing on the good while utterly ignoring the abysmal crap which has always dominated on television.
While there were some truly awesome shows like "Playhouse 90", "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and "Your Show of Shows", there was also a butt-load of unmemorable drivel like "Polka-go-round", "Arthur Murray's Dance Party" and a string of wholly forgotten game-shows whose only reason for existing was to sell cigarettes and the like.
Today's crap might be more explicitly bad, but crappy television programing is nothing new. And like us, future generations will remember the good, like "House" and "Dexter", and convienently forget the festering piles of crap like "Jersey Shore" and "The Real Housewives of Wherethefuckever".