In today’s world it’s possible to watch every episode of a favorite TV series without ever lifting a television remote. Thanks to Hulu, Netflix and other streaming services, television is reaching its audiences in a whole new way.
“Netflix has sucked the free time out of my life in the best way possible” said Senior Nathan Shorr. “It’s streaming of thousands of movies and shows guarantees there’s always something new to watch.”
Despite the rise in interconnectivity and paid streaming, classic television is still very much alive. Recently the Hollywood Foreign Press has held the 70th annual Golden Globes. This annual awards show is a proverbial who’s who of the best that the small screen has to offer the entertainment industry, and a preview for what to watch out for in the coming year.
Even the show’s co-host Amy Poehler took home the award for best actress in a TV comedy, for Parks and Recreation.
With Bryan Cranston leading as best television actor in the winner for best television drama Breaking Bad, one of the most critically acclaimed shows of the last decade.
Yet with the Breaking Bad series finale having aired, there’s a whole new wave of TV dramas, and leading the pack is one that isn’t even on television.
Kevin Spacey’s House of Cards has been a 2013 critical darling. The entire series first season was released all at once and was produced by Netflix, a streaming service leader. According to Forbes magazine, Netflix earned over a billion dollars in a single quarter.
One of the most underrated dramas on air now, also available on Netflix, is Parenthood, according to Literature teacher Michelle Fiege. “With great writing, powerful acting realistic family situations Parenthood is one of the best most underrated dramas out now.”
Parenthood is an NBC produced comedic drama that first aired in 2009. It’s created by Jason Katims who also worked on the critically acclaimed and well loved hit Friday Night Lights.
North Alumni Lauren Schmidt wrote an episode of Parenthood that aired in 2010. Schmidt, a Wittenburg graduate, was a staff writer and editor for West Wing. She earned two Golden Globe nominations for her work on the West Wing.
But isn’t all just drama and comedy in 2014, with new shows like Arrow and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D catering to the more niche superhero crowd. Fans of DC movies and Marvel movies alike flock to these shows, with over 12.1 million viewers watching the Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D season premiere and another 3.7 million who set it to their DVR according to entertainment weekly and numbers released by ABC.
“Television is improving every year as a medium, thanks to better scripts, higher budgets and improved acting quality. Turning hour-long shows into mini movies of sorts” Fiege said. The only downside? “DVR means you can’t pop in the next day and talk about what you watched last night in fear of spoilers.”