Is the Golden Age of Television over?

With influential TV programs like “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men” no longer on the air and “Game of Thrones” nearing its end, that leaves me to wonder: Is the Golden Age of Television truly over?

Our readers have been furiously debating this hot topic in our forums. Join in their fiery fight here after reading a sampling of their comments below.

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AMG: Definitely feel that with the end of “Breaking Bad” and “Mad Men,” we are heading into a sort of transitional period with TV. The Golden Age status will stick around as long as “Game of Thrones” continues.

KyleBailey: “30 Rock” and “Mad Men” kind of started the era with all these great shows in between and especially at the death toll this season of great shows ending, it seems over. This was the first year I just looked at the upcoming fall line-up and just shrugged in boredom.

CanadianFan: I don’t think we can definitively say until we have a few years of perspective. Shows from new platforms like “The Knick,” “Orange is the New Black” and “Transparent” still have many more years left in them.

mikeboy898: I am a little worried that a series like “Breaking Bad”, “Mad Men” or “Lost” won’t come along for a while. “Orange is the New Black” is a shining beacon of hope.

Atypical: I think the better way to think about it is that the Golden Age of Television is in “decline,” not over.

Boidiva02: This same conversation, nearly identical, was had in the late 90s, before “The Sopranos” took off, and after shows like “ER,” “Law & Order,” “Homicide,” “NYPD BLUE,” etc had either left the air or passed their prime. There will be another period of quality series; it’s just a matter of when.

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4 thoughts on “Is the Golden Age of Television over?

  1. Well, according to Seinfeld, the golden age was when Seinfeld was airing, and because it was airing. He and Larry David are a pompous match made in the upper room.

  2. This is a silly article, dramatic television is doing wonderful things. Television is telling excellent stories about a variety of communities, and to say that these shows ending marks the end of great television is borderline ridiculous.

  3. What defines the Golden Age of television though? Sure we may have left the anti-hero phase of television, but we’re entering the inclusive age of television. Women and minorities have never been so well represented.

  4. There is absolutely nothing “golden age” about Orange Is the New Black. It had a great first two seasons, but the third is complete garbage. SORRY!

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