TV Is Good. Very Good

“You never know when you’re living in a golden age,” remarked one of the subjects in the great documentary about the small influential cable channel in Los Angeles, “The Z Channel.” And I think that applies to television these days. After a decade or so now of thinking of television as being mostly a wasteland, save for the glory and high quality of HBO, I turn around and find there is great television everywhere. Here’s a sample:

Friday Night Lights, the network TV show about the small high school football team, has incredible heart and is just amazingly good. It feels like it should be on HBO. But it’s network TV. I’m watching the first season now on DVD.