Since roughly around 2010 and up until now, we've been in what many consider The Golden Age of TV. I am of course of these people. With bigger budgets and better writing, it's become hard to deny this. However, I've recently come to realize that even if we are in the so-called golden age, there are still surprisingly few amazing TV series out there. How exactly do I define 'amazing'? To me, a work becomes amazing when there is a consistently high quality and a satisfying ending. There should also be very few flaws and the flaws you do find should be a result of nitpicking, rather than sloppiness from the creators. Any major flaw you might find in the work should pretty much be 100% based on your subjective opinion. Maybe you're just not into sci-fi no matter how good it gets? Maybe you can't stand the face of the main character? In any case, it should be subjective. Having said all that, which TV series are truly amazing? To me, there really just seems to be one: Breaking Bad. Even if it's far from my favorite, it did manage to stay consistently good and it didn't really drag out either. Five seasons was the perfect length, in my opinon. The ending was also satisfying. House of Cards was shaping up to be a masterpiece until season 3, and it's not been the same ever since. True Detective had a great first season, but went downhill in season 2(I get that it's an anthology, but still). And though if I'm a stubborn and hardcore fan, even I have to admit that the latest season of Game of Thrones had a lot of bad points. TV series have one huge advantage over movies: time. More time for character development, story-building and world exploration. Ironically, this is also the greatest weakness of TV series. For three reasons: 1. It takes too long to write the entire story(unless it's based on a book), so the writers will have to improvise as they go(distributors only buy pilots or single seasons). This can lead to the creators writing themselves into a corner, ultimatelly ruining something that started out great. 2. It's harder to write a satisfying ending. Not only because of the point above, but also because the viewers devote so much more time into the story. They're almost bound to be a little disappointed. Especially if... 3. The story drags for too long. This point speaks for itself, but it's probably the most common problem in TV. ________________________________________________________________________ Conclusion Does this mean that movies win by default? Well, no. There may be more amazing movies to choose from, but there are also plenty that are bland, or even terrible. While modern TV series aren't likely to blow you away, they still tend to be good. Basically: If I turn on a movie that I've been recommended, I'm much more likely to be disappointed than if I start watching a TV series that I've been recommended. Therefore, in terms of averages, I do think TV beats movies. I just wish that more TV series had consistent quality, good length and a satisfying ending. What do you think?