Keeping up with the TV Shows: How many is too many?
Andy Samberg kicked off the 67th Annual Emmy Awards with a hilarious 15-minute opening that boasted an all-star musical number and a monologue packed with hilarious culturally relevant jokes. He channeled all of us, and we couldn’t help but mentally nod our heads as we realized the accuracy. The relatable opening number built around the difficulty facing anyone, even an Emmys host, who tries to keep up with the current flood of new TV shows.
In Samberg’s musical number, he discovers how much good television he’s missed out on. “So many shows, and so little time, I’m just a normal man, how can I possibly keep up?” he laments. He locks himself in a “viewing bunker” to catch up on every single show on TV, emerging months later with a Cast Away hipster look; an impressive beard and horrible smell. The host goes on to impressively list countless shows on television, from Better Call Saul and Homeland to Pawn Stars and Cajun Pawn Stars. The tune also spotlights the staggering number of shows with “wives” in the title: Army Wives, Basketball Wives, The Good Wife, Sister Wives, Mob Wives, and the entire Real Housewives oeuvre, just to name a few.
Samberg hit the nail on the head poking fun at the enormous number of television shows on the air right now. He had to lock himself up for a year in order to be up to date on all of the current TV Shows, emerging smug and with a major sense of relief. This posed the obvious question; Are there too many TV shows? I would argue no. Some of the best filmmakers are directing episodes of prestige cable dramas. Some of the best TV writers go on to draft screenplays for major franchise films. Long-form narratives offer more layered storytelling, allowing viewers to get to know characters on an emotional level that your average feature-length movie can’t sustain.
Furthermore, TV series stay relevant. When something happens in real life that might affect how a story is received, a series can adapt there and then. Social media allows for passionate discourse surrounding TV plots; epic conversations and discussions about morality and diversity, and other big questions that deal with life itself, rather than just entertainment.
Andy Samberg put a smile on the viewer’s face while understanding perfectly that the Emmys are celebrating the medium that is maybe overpopulated and overwhelming — but still, so rewarding to watch. Yes, it is tough to keep up with so many TV shows. Though, with an endless supply of shows, you can choose your form of ultimate escapism. From medieval dragon fantasies, or the inner workings of a women’s prison, to a 1960s advertising firm and all the scandals in between. In this instance, it’s not a case of quantity over quality. TV shows are currently being made to a high standard, especially since they’re aware they have serious competition, now more than ever (much to the viewer’s delight).
This year the 67th Emmy Awards highlighted more than ever the theme of diverseness; not only in terms of winners, but also as Samberg’s monologue so well pointed out the diverseness & abundance of current TV shows. Perhaps there is a surge. All this choice means some series quality shows, and, more importantly, enables underlying issues to be discussed openly and in an somewhat of an educational manner.
You will undoubtedly find something that you like out of this multitude of TV shows. Something you connect to, can relate to on a personal level, and mentally run away with. So go ahead, pick your poison. The TV is your oyster.