While there is no disputing that there have been quality television shows on in every decade since the medium of television began. It's also true that there has been a lot of really bad shows too. According to most critics the Golden Age of Television was the 1950s. From shows such as The Kraft Television Theatre and Playhouse 90 to The Twilight Zone and Alfred Hitchcock Presents to the numerous variety shows, there was no lack of quality shows to entertain the American public at the time.
Now, in the second decade of a new century, many are saying we are experiencing a new Golden Age. It's hard to dispute this. Shows such as Breaking Bad, Mad Men, Game of Thrones and American Horror Story lead this new age. Most critics look to HBO's The Sopranos as the turning point to well-written, thought provoking, quality shows that hadn't been seen on television in many years.
The Sopranos changed the landscape of TV by being that water cooler show that everyone was talking about. With the release of season one on DVD in 2008 many more people were able to take part in that conversation. Later, services like DVRs, Netflix and Hulu Plus, gave viewers a way to watch this and many other shows.
But not every show is available on Netflix and not everybody wants to buy a whole season or more of a show on DVD. That's where the library can help out! We have many of the most talked about new shows available. Check out the list below. And be sure to check the blog often for other lists of award winning television shows.
Jake Peralta is a Brooklyn detective with a gift for closing cases and little respect for authority. When no-nonsense commanding officer Raymond Holt joins the 99th precinct with something to prove, the two go head-to-head.
Orange Is The New Black - Season One
Brooklynite Piper Chapman's wild past comes back to haunt her and results in her arrest and detention in a federal penitentiary. To pay her debt to society, Piper trades her comfortable New York life for an orange prison jumpsuit and finds unexpected conflict and camaraderie amidst an eccentric group of inmates.
Orphan Black - Seasons One and Two
Sarah is on the run from a bad relationship when a lookalike stranger commits suicide right in front of her. Sarah sees a solution to all her problems by assuming the dead woman's identity and clearing out her bank account. Instead, she stumbles into a thriller mystery, and uncovers an earth-shattering secret: she is a clone. She learns there are more like her, genetically identical individuals, nurtured in wildly different circumstances, and someone is trying to kill them off, one by one.
True Detective - Season One
In 2012, Louisiana State Police Detectives Rust Cohle and Martin Hart are brought in to revisit a homicide case they worked in 1995. As the inquiry unfolds in present day through separate interrogations, the two former detectives narrate the story of their investigation, reopening unhealed wounds, and drawing into question their supposed solving of a bizarre ritualistic murder in 1995.
The Good Wife - Seasons One through Five
Follows a politician's wife who pursues her own career as a defense attorney after her husband is sent to jail on charges of political corruption. Alicia Florrick not only deals with her career but also with keeping her family together as she provides a stable home for her two children.
--Post by Tracy