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Has TV Become More Interesting Than Movies?

In my opinion, the short answer is yes.

All the hottest and most talented and respected movie stars: Matthew McConaughey, Kevin Spacey, Idris Elba, Kevin Bacon- are stars on television/network shows.

Shows - Scandal, Mad Men, House of Cards, OITNB, the Walking Dead - are dominating the daily water cooler conversations.


The most successful television shows are becoming pipelines for movie talent. In the meantime, it seems like movies are just there. Taking up space. In the midst of a year where 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club, Wolf of Wall Street, Fruitivale Station, Frozen, and others have risen as high grossing, highly acclaimed films, why does it seem like Television is the place to be to seek your media fix?

This is just my opinion, but it's so difficult for me to sit through a 1:30, 2 hour movie, but I can binge watch a show for days at a time. Maybe because at most an episode is 1 hour, and there's different events and storylines occurring in the show medium versus the centralized storylines in movies. Also, I think there's more of a consistent source of good or interesting or fun television shows out there. You have AHS, Scandal, SOA, The Americans, Justified, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Mad Men, Breaking Bad, the Walking Dead, Game of Thrones, True Blood (not necessarily good but fun), True Detective, Girls, Sleepy Hollow, Almost Human, The Following, Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Tomorrow People, The New Girl, Brooklyn 99, Dracula, Hannibal, The Blacklist, Chicago Fire, Nashville, Revenge, Greys Anatomy, NCIS (Original and LA), Person of Interest, the Good Wife, Parenthood, Spartacus, Masters of Sex, The Fall, Doctor Who, Luther, Orphan Black and probably other shows I can't remember that are well received or have a wide fan base.

Movies on the other hand, seem to come in a binary: great or bad. For all the movies nominated for Oscars, you have your shitbombs that make you swear off movies for months. A big problem in the movie industry, for me, is how they're marketed. There are some decent to great movies out there, but I'm for damn sure not interested in seeing them.

I don't think I was a big movie person anyway, but with the influx of quality television shows out there, I'm really turned off. Am I the only one who feels like this?

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