During the last decade, most serious television viewers and critics turned to HBO as a model for the production of cutting-edge, quality programming. Series like The Wire, The Sopranos, Deadwood, Six Feet Under, and Curb Your Enthusiasm garnered consistent journalistic praise. I can attest to the quality of The Wire and Six Feet Under – season four of The Wire has my vote for the single best season of television aired in my lifetime. Nevertheless, HBO shows aren’t for the faint of attention; they demand careful viewing. I really had to focus while watching The Wire to catch the dialogue, and the writing and style of the show left no room for distraction. I believe David Simon might have been poking fun at his own show in season five by having the owner of the Baltimore Sun demand “Dickensian” feature pieces from his reporters.
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Over the last decade, only a few noteworthy half-hour comedies have had their initial orders extended, as people seem more interested in investigative procedurals or primetime medical soap operas. Not having an excess of time to watch every new show, I usually opt for dramas – this is a result of some nonsensical bias towards more “serious” viewing. With the advent of Hulu, however, half-hour comedies (~23 minutes with Hulu commercials) are ideal for lunch viewing.