In 1961 FCC Chairman Newtin Minow described TV as a 'vast wasteland'. If only he could have foreseen exactly how vast it would eventually become...
Anyway, there is some good stuff now, if you're selective, and with the magic of digital cable, satellite TV, On Demand, DVR's, HBO and Netflix, there are a lot of avenues to access it.
I have now watched the first four episodes of Season One of a BBC series called Broadchurch. The cast is made up entirely of British actors I'd never seen before. The story is set in a small seaside town and revolves around the mysterious murder of an 11-year old boy. The murder occurs, unseen, at the beginning of the first episode. The investigation begins quickly and as it does we're gradually introduced to the townspeople, some of whom may know something about what happened.
I have nothing but praise for this show. The acting and the direction are just stunningly good. There hasn't been a weak moment yet. Just a first-class production all the way, the kind that brings credibility to the entire medium.