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20 Years of TV

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    Take a Look at All Five of Our '20 Years of TV' Articles

    Last week, Indiewire partnered with Sundance Channel and their new original drama "Rectify" to present "20 Years of TV," a series of five articles exploring the past 20 years of television and its effect on the current "Golden Age." Here's a look at and links to all five.

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    20 Years of TV: How Television Has Caught Up to Film In Terms of Quality and Ambition

    Two decades ago, Jeff Goldblum's character in "Jurassic Park" gave new life to Thomas Kuhn's philosophical writings on what he called "paradigm shifts" -- changes so revolutionary that afterward, assumptions about the physical world are different. And it's safe to say that, in terms of culture, the ...

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    20 Years of TV: How Cable Opened Up the Television Landscape to a Chorus of New Voices

    Funny, cable television didn't look like a media juggernaut when it started out. First commercially available in the U.S. in the early '70s, regulatory complications, cost and infrastructure slowed its cultural impact. It also faced the now-antique notion of "Must-See TV" -- the idea that you'd sett...

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    20 Years of TV: How HBO Paved the Way for Television to Be Taken Seriously

    Any look at the artistic renaissance in television would be incomplete without HBO. From its start in 1972, its status as a premium cable channel afforded HBO permission to say those famous seven words you can't say on standard TV, as well as more graphic violence and nudity.

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    20 Years of TV: How the DVR Changed Our Relationship With Television

    In the pre-"television can be art" days, watching TV was often considered mental junk food that earned the label "the boob tube" -- not because of current nudity-happy cable programming, but in reference to the archaic definition meaning a dullard or lummox. Cultural condescension aside, until recen...

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    20 Years of TV: How 'ER' Was the Last Great Drama in Which the Show Itself Was the Star

    In 1994, television occupied a very different place in the cultural landscape. It was a mainstay of entertainment, but it didn't get the kind of artistic consideration it does today. TV was regarded as inferior to film and an ad-driven enterprise -- programming to pass the time between commercials.

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