The television set, I binned mine over three decades ago and never looked back. TV Programs, that's a different matter.
There have always been high quality TV programs. The term itself seems quaint now. As new "channels" emerge, these chunks of programming can come from anywhere, internet shops have grown into "studios" and cable channels find themselves with a digital voice. It's all good, as the Americans say.
Okay, a list is coming. It's not in any order other than as they come to me, at this point in time. Recent amazing stuff includes..
Now, you didn't expect that at the start of a best-of list, did ya? It's one of those shows I've been collecting since it began, on a recommendation I trust, but never quite found the time to even start watching.
Had I given it the usual watch it for a few seconds / minutes / okay, let's check this out routine I would have been instantly hooked, which I was, about five seasons late, but hey, there's still time to binge all five seasons before the start of season six!
This is a western, set in Wyoming, USA. The lead is played by Robert Taylor, new to me, perfect as the charismatic Sheriff with a mending heart and dry wit to keep him on his horse. Katie Sackoff as the depute is probably one reason I kept this in uTorrent's RSS feeds all those years.
First she has the BALLS to step right into Starbuck's role, and a WOMAN! And then this! My god, next she'll be on horseback and I won't be able to get through an episode without visiting the wee men's room. It's not that she's beautiful, which she is, or that she can melt into her roles like honey dripping between those muscular thighs, NO! It's the chemistry between these two main characters; one recovering from the death of his spouse, the other married and subordinate; that right from the opening scene, sets out the roadmap of this great show.
And what a map! This isn't flatworld California but beautiful, mountainous Wyoming. And the cinematographer drinks in each scene of this incredible landscape like the lingering look of a lover.
White man meets Cheyene, boy meets girl. It has it all.