On the one hand, there’s Emmy Award winning shows like Mad Men, Modern Family and Breaking Bad. Not to mention the very popular programs True Blood, Family Guy and The Wire. On the other extreme there’s Two and a Half Men, Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and an explosion of “reality” TV. Compared to the days of All in the Family, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Twilight Zone and M*A*S*H – is television today better than ever? Or a vast and vacuous wasteland?
Mary McNamara, Television Critic, Los Angeles Times