July 10, 2020

Orange is the New Black

The Netflix mode of launching entire periods at the same time is all the rage, and as a unrepentant binge-viewer, count me among the grateful. However it’s worth keeping that in mind before July, when Orange is the New Black debuted, the company’s remarkable output was spotty at finest. There was the forgettable Lilyhammer, the inadequately received Hemlock Grove, and the compelling-but-ultimately-just-a-guilty-pleasure political thriller Residence of Cards.

Mad Men

Period Six of Mad Men turned out to be its weirdest yet, prompting fans to go crazy on the Net and spout out Lost-esque conspiracy concepts about Megan passing away, brand-new accounts guy Bob Benson secretly being a spy, a cop or– my personal favorite– Peggy and Pete’s time-traveling illegitimate kid.

Parks & Recreation

While its big sibling The Office always struggled with repetition, Parks and Entertainment always strives ahead to check out originalities even when they’re challenging for the program’s format to sustain. 2013 featured Parks’ most significant moment ever, Leslie and Ben’s wedding event, not to mention numerous new stories focused around

Breaking Bad

The American tv audience in 2013 looks like a lot of other facets of our national life in the sense that there’s a crucial, relatively unbreachable dichotomy. Call it Network vs. Cable, Dumb vs. Smart, CSI vs. Mad Men … whatever the case, there’s a sense that you can be specified by the sort of show you view. What made Breaking Bad so unique, then, was that it became an American Television Event that quickly transcended this divide. Each Sunday night, particularly as the final period drew to a close, the jarring opening theme was a clarion call for viewers throughout the nation, on the coastlines and in the locations between. The floating green blocks with their atomic symbols sent us scurrying excitedly to Facebook and twitter searching for like minds.