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Are these the golden years of television?




'Mad Men' cast and crew members, winners of the Outstanding Drama Series Award pose in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
'Mad Men' cast and crew members, winners of the Outstanding Drama Series Award pose in the press room at the 62nd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards held at the JW Marriott Los Angeles at L.A. Live on August 29, 2010 in Los Angeles, California.
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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?

Guest:

Mary McNamara, Television Critic, Los Angeles Times