We’re in the age of Peak Television. It’s wonderful. Everywhere you look, in all genres, you can find spectacular storytelling. Even network shows have freed themselves from the tyranny of the half-hour or one-hour time slow. Writers don’t always have to wrap up everything by the time the credits roll, but across the board are using multiple episodes and even seasons to tell long, deep stories. Television, much more than cinema, enables narrative patience, but also demands we pay attention for week after week. Peak TV is exhausting and wonderful.
This whole article is advocating that we all start watching The Expanse, but, to be honest, I probably won’t – I can’t even keep up with the shows I’m already watching, and there’s only a couple of them.1
- Agent Carter is absolutely worth the time investment, though. ↩