They said the golden age of television would never come again…how wrong they were. Now more than ever, television is stepping up its game. It is, for the first time in a long time, competing with the big screen for quality, cast, production, popularity, effects and did I say quality? It is not unusual to see big name film actors on your television screen anymore because of the juicier roles and better opportunities.
And that’s a good thing, right?
I never thought I would ever, in my entire life, be bummed by the fact that there are simply too many good shows on television today – no matter how you look it, that is a good thing.
Except if you’re me.
My problem with this is that I am having an honest-to-God hard time keeping up. With work, life and everything in between, I just can’t find the time to watch all the shows and the movies I want to.
With all the good ones out there…how are we honestly expected to keep up?
Here’s an odd quirk about me, I legit get a bit of an anxiety attack if I can’t keep up with all my shows. And since September is almost upon us, I’m damn near entering panic mood.
You see, the September/October period is when your favourite shows will be returning and tons of new shows will be debuting. So if you think you’re overwhelmed now with choices of shows to watch, just give it a few more weeks.
A new cross over between The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow has been announced (they do this every season and every season it is epic), and this just made me realize how far behind I was on Legends of Tomorrow (which I just love) and Arrow.
So I went back through my archives and made a haunting realization – I was behind on ALOT.
I was behind on The Mindy Project, Sherlock, Empire, Power, Jane the Virgin, Orphan Black, Orange Is The Black, Mr Robot, The Originals, The Magicians, Frequency, Fargo, Black-ish, Fresh Off The Boat, Modern Family, Once Upon A Time, Young and Hungry, Riverdale, Elementary, Pretty Little Liars, House of Cards and for some reason, even Breaking Bad.
And because of ‘Adulting’, I can no longer watch TV shows while at work…it really is just best this way.
I hadn’t even gotten started on critically acclaimed shows like Claws, The Night Of, GLOW, The Bold Type, This is Us, Twin Peaks and The Handmaid’s Tale; and I legit, don’t know what I’m going to do when Marvel’s Inhumans, Black Lightning, Gifted, The Orville or Krypton air later this year. Not to even mention the returning shows.
I feel like I’m losing my street cred/Movie cred here and it is haunting me.
And as daunting as this sounds, I am actually up to date on ALOT OF SHOWS – Game of Thrones, Insecure, Travelers, Teen Wolf, iZombie, Trial & Error, Atlanta, Supergirl, The Flash, The Good Place, Silicon Valley, WestWorld, Santa Clarita Diet, Suits, American Gods, Designated Survivor, Agents of SHIELD, Killjoys, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist, Luke Cage, Sense 8 (I almost died when it got canceled), Daredevil (so excited for the Defenders), 13 Reasons Why, Another Period, Stranger Things, Ballers and that is just to name a few.
Sadly, this is not enough for me.
If I had proper balls, I would call sick to work for like a whole work week and just spend the whole time catching up on EVERYTHING.
Don’t even get me started on the Movies I’m behind on.
For me, as an individual, television and movies have always played a huge part in my life, you might even say I might be addicted. I mean, I wouldn’t say I’m an addicted – I would probably use the phrase ‘healthy enthusiast’ but I won’t stop you from saying ‘addicted’ either.
However, when you’re defined as I am, by your complete love for shows – it’s hard realizing you’re behind. I hate being left out of the good shows. I love it when people come up to me and ask me my opinions on this show or that show before they start on it – that is my addiction, being a respected source of information on something I genuinely care about.
However, complain as I might, the influx of quality televisions shows is not a bad thing at all. Because more television shows mean more stories are being told, more avenues are created for representation, more actors are being employed and more jobs are being created in general.
I would actually like to focus on the fact that more stories are being told – because it wasn’t until The Mindy Project that I realized the need to see more women who act like me and think like me on screen. Series like Queen Sugar, Atlanta, Insecure, Silicon Valley all tell stories with unconventional lead characters. Just less than a decade ago, these stories would have never been told, they wouldn’t have even been bankable.
So yes, the evolution and expansion of television is definitely a good thing and my only problem here is my ability to keep up. Despite my complaints, I am still very aware at this moment in time, this amount of quality shows are necessary. Necessary for us, necessary for our kids, necessary to cope with the bumbling world around us….just plain necessary.
Can you imagine what TV shows would be like five years from now? Ten? Twenty? The bar has been raised high and every year it gets pushed even higher.
Are you ready for it though?
Wouldn’t it be ideal if my full-time job was solely just watching movies and television? Ahh, the dream.
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