- It’s your job! I give you money. You give me ideas. - And you never say thank you! - That’s what the money is for! You’re young, you’ll get your recognition. And honestly, its absolutely ridiculous to be two years into your career and counting your ideas! Everything to you is an opportunity! And you should be thanking me every morning when you wake up, along with Jesus for giving you another day! | GET TO KNOW ME MEME: MAD MEN, THE SUITCASE [2/5 tv episodes]
I’m telling you something, after those three the golden era is over unless something groundbreaking comes out.
I’ve always been operating under the assumption that the “golden era” that started back when Oz and The Sopranos premiered ended when Mad Men capped off. That mostly ended the phase of the grim/dark anti-hero trope as something that defines “prestige tv”. This thing we’ve been in since then is defined more by quantity than quality which is why the term “peak tv” was coined a few years back.
But like, those three shows are definitely our last three great dramas so something is going to have to step up to the plate and fill that void soon. I keep having this feeling like this next phase of television is going to be defined by its comedies not its dramas because if I’m being perfectly honest looking forward there are only a handful of interesting dramas (Handmaid’s Tale, Better Call Saul, Queen Sugar, maybe just those three tbh????) and A LOT of interesting comedies (JtV, Crazy Ex-Gf, Broad City, Atlanta, Insecure, Fleabag, Better Things, Bojack, OITNB, YTW, Transparent, the list goes on). I mean in all fairness HACF was not a critical darling until season two so maybe something will come out and surprise us.