I’ll repeat something I’ve said often and have written in my TV reviews as recently as a week ago: the golden age of TV is right now. There’s more great television being produced at the moment than at any other time in history. It might be true that an evening spent watching retro-TV offerings like The Brady Bunch or Sanford and Son might induce a few cringes, but a weekend spent marathon-viewing a full season box set of The Wire or The Sopranos or Justified will expose you to some the greatest longform screen storytelling you’ll ever find. And that’ll be as true 20 years from now as it is this weekend.
And then, of course, there’s the experience of watching these great shows in the comfort and blissful silence of your own home. With so many homes now equipped with HD-ready large-size TV screens, complete with surround sound and perhaps even 3D capability, why would you go to the multiplex to listen to rude moviegoers talking and texting behind you when you can enjoy a full cinematic experience at home?