Quick quiz: Name the most influential shows of TV’s so-called “golden age”?
PODCAST: Is This ‘The Golden Age of TV’ or Just the Golden Age of Dramas?
PODCAST: Is This 'The Golden Age of TV' or Just the Golden Age of Dramas?
Okay, what were your answers? “The Sopranos”? “The Wire”? “Breaking Bad”? “Mad Men”? If you listed more than three, were any of your answers comedies? Would you have answered with a comedy if you couldn’t tell I was leading you to go the other way?
The simple logic is that most people, when asked to discuss the most important television shows since cable networks garnered prominence, streaming sites sprang up, and original scripted “TV” shows were suddenly everywhere, would lead with a drama — or six. So how much, if at all, has comedic television benefitted from the recent boom? Sure, there are more TV shows than ever, meaning more voices and a better chance of the cream rising to the top. But do comedians get the same amount of respect as their peers across the aisle at the Emmys and Golden Globes? Have sitcoms as we know them died out, and, if so, did they deserve to? Are shows actually funnier now than they were before the golden age?
In an attempt to lead this sprawling discussion, Indiewire TV Editor Liz Shannon Miller and TV Critic Ben Travers took on the topic during this week’s Very Good TV Podcast. Citing examples both for and against each side of the argument, the two debate the state of TV comedy and lament the fact it always plays second fiddle to dramas when the genres go head to head.
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