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Are there too many TV shows to choose from right now?

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Mathias Clamer/FX; Brian Bowen Smith/E!

“Question Everything” opens the floor for debate of pop culture topics–serious to whimsical, sublime to ridiculous—that have no right or wrong answers but certainly elicit a wide spectrum of intense opinions. Hopefully reading these different perspectives will open minds, challenge thinking and maybe even provoke a change in what you believe. Let’s discuss!

Too many shows on TV:

A good or bad thing?

EW Critics Make Their Cases

 

Dan Snierson says:

Too many shows on TV? Well, there is definitely too much talk about how there are too many shows on TV. In fact, if you’d quit whining, you could be eyeballs-deep right now into Fargo, Rick and Morty, Please Like Me, or one of the other 400-plus original series out there. Sure, you feel overwhelmed. But maybe that’s because you’re a poor time manager/curator. Have you seen your DVR? It’s a mess, filled with Epic Ink, Rich Kids of Beverly Hills, and reruns of SVU. Do you go to the buffet at the Bellagio and complain to the manager that there’s too much good food here? No, you assess the stations, make a plan of attack and fill your face. TV is the world’s biggest pop-culture buffet right now, so treat it as such. Binge responsibly.

Joe McGovern says:

“Right now there is… an entire generation,” howls anchorman Howard Beale in the movie Network, “that never knew anything that didn’t come out of this tube!” He spoke those words almost 40 years ago, when TV channels could only be changed by turning a big oven knob on the set. But the explosive glut of programming, literally hundreds of options available at any given second, has seduced us while shortening our attention spans. Without moralizing about the social impediments that almost five hours of TV per day (the American average) causes in a person, it’s the millions of channel surfers themselves who demonstrate the point against the glory of excess. With their itchy trigger fingers, they prove that so much of what’s on TV is inherently skip-able.