Our Generation’s TV
Arrested Development. Lost. 30 Rock. All critically acclaimed shows that started the Golden Age of Television and that, in my opinion, is leading into the Platnium Age (platnium’s better than gold right?).
These shows owe much to their forebearer’s of course. Arrested Development was a pioneer show that bucked the trend of laugh tracks, audiences, and multiple cameras. They opted for a single hand camera and followed the exploits of the dysfunctional Bluth family who make even the Kardashians look human by comparison, except nowhere near as funny.
Arrested Development is even sprinkled with references to Ron Howard’s time on the Andy Griffith show and Happy Days. Hell, Barry Zuckerkorn is basically the Fonz, albeit now a lawyer and a sexual deviant.
Lost was another great show in the vein of Twin Peaks and even the Twilight Zone, but with far more emphasis on drama and interconnected character development. I admittedly never finished Lost, as the ending was ruined for me by douchebags at work.
After watching several seasons I still think the first season is my favorite. When it was revealed that John Locke had been in a wheelchair prior to the island but could now walk and had spent so much time being told of what he could not do, I teared up. The Island became his Elysium, he became the survivors spiritual and physical warrior. He had purpose again.
30 Rock? Don’t get me started on 30 Rock. It’s an homage, critique, and parody to television itself, all in one. Tina Fey, Alec Baldwin, Tracy Morgan, all played exaggerated or inverted versions of themselves. The writing and comedy was subtle at times, outlandish the next, and even had jokes that slipped by the Nazi censors.
The problem with some of these shows? Us. The American audience did not give some of these shows the attention they deserved and they sometimes suffered from it. It didn’t matter how many awards they won or how critically acclaimed they were; we were content watching garbage like According to Jim and Who Wants to Marry a Millionaire.
We should be ashamed of ourselves.