Commentary: TV shows are better than movies... for now

In a digital age, television shows are thriving, while the quality of movies is dying.

With online streaming devices like Netflix and Hulu Plus, television has now gained the upper hand when it comes to the war between TV shows and movies.

There's too many great shows on television right now. To name a few; House of Cards, True Detective, Homeland, Game of Thrones, The Good Wife, Girls, Mad Men, Orange is the New Black... the list goes on and on.

But can we say the same about movies?

Last year, the top five biggest grossing movies were: Iron Man 3 ($409 million), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire ($395 million), Despicable Me 2 ($367 million), Man of Steel ($291 million), and Monsters University ($268 million).

Only one of these five top-grossing movies was actually a very well made film. The Hunger Games: Catching Fire was the only one that earned critical acclaim. And it's arguably one of the best movies of 2013. But  we can't say the same about the others.

Why is it that four of the top five movies of 2013 were mediocre at best? It's because the quality of films has deteriorated. Hollywood is all about reboots. It's about superhero movies... and making a quick buck.

I've loved movies ever since I was a kid. But now I'm turning into a TV junkie because the quality is just so much better.

Television shows are simply darker and better written. Shows like Breaking Bad and True Detective are pushing the boundary of where television can go in terms of violence. Networks like FX, HBO, AMC are more controversial than they used to be... and we love it! Even NBC is getting in on the action with hit shows like The Blacklist and Hannibal.

Last year, there were more great television shows than movies.

I can name seven amazing films from 2013: 12 Years a Slave, Prisoners, Captain Phillips, Gravity, Frozen, The Conjuring and Blackfish.

But I can name 18 amazing TV shows from last year: Breaking Bad, House of Cards, Orange is the New Black, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, The Walking Dead, Scandal, The Good Wife, Downton Abbey, Girls, The Blacklist, Justified, Homeland, American Horror Story, Boardwalk Empire, Homeland, The Americans and Hannibal.

And I haven't even touched all the comedic shows on television right now.

Part of the reason we love television more than we used to is because of Netflix. People love to binge-watch.

We no longer have to wait every week for our favorite shows to come out. Sometimes it's a lot more fun to watch in bulk. A seven-hour binge is a lot more rewarding than waiting seven days for new episodes to come out.

We don't like to wait. We're impatient people. We want it now! Netflix gave us exactly what we want, instant access to our favorite shows.

Lets face it, television is winning the battle by a landslide.

Yes, the box-office will always make money. That's inevitable, because that's what Hollywood is about... making money. But television is on an entirely different level right now. And I don't see an end to television in the near future.

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