Telly Talk Schemer
- Reaction score
- Plotville, Shenanigan
- Member Since
- April 2002
Excellent observation.With some broad ponderings on the landscape of TV, it seems to me we've come full circle in quality. For most of its history, American TV has been a wasteland of rigid formula, driven by the necessity of filling network schedules with shows with the broadest appeal possible. About a decade or so ago most of those norms started to break down; TV was somewhat niche, adventurous and cinematic. And now, in the age of streaming, we're right back; the streaming services need to fill an insatiable demand for "content".
There are some original Netflix gems but maybe it's unrealistic to expect everything they churn out to be truly awesome. We tend to romanticize the good old days of television as if they were showing the beloved and most memorable shows non-stop. And that's not at all how it was.
Streaming often allows viewers to binge-watch therefore that "ok, what's NEXT?" happens sooner than watching, say, Dallas, over a period of 14 years.
The early days of netflix was a walhalla for fans of TV shows because they had plenty of Showtime/FX/HBO stuff in their library but sadly most of it has been removed for obvious reasons.
I cancelled my subscription yesterday and now I'm back with Prime. I suspect that's how most people do it.