America in Primetime

David Bianculli explains why the new four-part documentary series called America in Primetimewhich premiered Sunday on PBS, is “the smartest TV show about television I’ve seen in about 20 years.

America in Primetime is structured around the most compelling shows on television today, unfolding over four hours and weaving between past and present. Each episode focuses on one character archetype that has remained a staple of primetime through the generations – the Independent Woman, the Man of the House, the Misfit, and the Crusader — capturing both the continuity of the character, and the evolution. The finest television today has as its foundation the best television of yesterday.

Make no mistake: this is the golden-era of television. It has surpassed the movies in every respect for artistry, storytelling, and emotional release. [via freshair]

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