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  • Marcus Dixon
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    What do you think? Is the Golden Age of TV over, or is it still going strong? I personally think the departure of “Breaking Bad” signalled the beginning of the end.

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    AMG
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    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. Then it depends if any new shows can actually be as big as these shows, and be of the highest quality. Based on the new shows this past year, I can’t see anything new taking over to continue this age.

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    KyleBailey
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    Yes. 30 Rock and Mad Men kind of started the era with all these great shows inbetween and espeically 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. But I don’t think great shows are done with. We still have Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Shameless, Transparent, The Middle, American Horror Story, and so on so I think we still have some stuff worth living for 

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    CanadianFan
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    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. 

    Network TV (particularly for dramas) has been in ruins for awhile, but there are a ton of very good dramas on cable, even if none of them compare to an all-time classic like Breaking Bad. 

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    Guest2014
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    Not as long as Continuum and House of Lies, for 2, are still around. 

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    mikeboy898
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    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.

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

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    Probably. I mean, look at the predicted Drama Series lineup, and look how MF is expected to win a record breaking 6th time when the buzz/ratings/acclaim is way past peak.

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    Boidiva02
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    I would say the “second golden age of television” is over… But as we’ve learned in the past it only really takes 1 strong series to reset the definition of what quality means.  This same converstation; nearly identical was had in the late 90’s, before The Sopranos took off, and after shows like ER, Law & Order,  Homicide, NYPD BLUE, etc had either left the air or past their prime.    There will be another period of quality series; its just a matter of when.

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    What do you think? Is the Golden Age of TV over, or is it still going strong? I personally think the departure of “Breaking Bad” signalled the beginning of the end.

    You’re going through a Breaking Bad withdrawal and it has nothing to do with the quality of other programming you simply need a new outlet to capture your attention.

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    helv606
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    Maybe there wont be another Mad Men or Breaking Bad anytime soon, but considering how the movie studios seem averse to making risky, adult dramas, there is still going to be plenty of high quality stuff done on cable/streaming.

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    Cobalt Blue
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    Maybe it’s the end of that ‘age’, but I feel like we’ve transitioned into a different kind of age, still a good age, which is less top-heavy  (consensus instant classic shows)  but more middle-heavy in that there is a huge amount of good-to-very-good shows.

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    James Coughlin
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    I personally think the departure of “Breaking Bad” signalled the beginning of the end.

    Typical Breaking Bad fanboy can’t see their overrated tv show isn’t the best so they lash out at others.

    The only morality in a cruel world is chance.

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    24Emmy
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    No. It’s hard to keep track of all the quality shows still on television. I’m so behind.

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    Tony Ruiz
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    I’m not sure it’s so much the end of an age, but that we are in an age of Transition.  There are so many new platforms and new ways of presenting television.  I mena, can we even call it television anymore??  Pretty soon, we will be watching most of our television on tablets and Ipads and computer screens. 

    But with the end of the great newtork drama, with the end of appointment television, and a dearth of truly breakthrough shows, I would say we are certainly in a lull.

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