Friday, October 24, 2008

Post about television shows

I agree with Matt Yglesias on The Godfather vs. The Sopranos vs. The Wire. No question that the Wire is a more cohesive work from start to finish, while the Sopranos had weak moments, narrative dead-ends and the occasional episode that was an out-and-out failure.

But it is significant that the Sopranos got there first. It was the first really artistically successful long-form TV show that wasn't episodic and wasn't a mini-series. So to be fair to David Chase, he is rightly counted as the progenitor of novelistic TV.

P.S. ... Am I wrong? I will entertain earlier examples... Twin Peaks? Sort of, but the narrative completely fell apart in the second season. Buffy the Vampire Slayer? Maybe, but it was pretty episodic for the first few seasons, and it only started two years before The Sopranos...

1 comment:

stridewideman said...

The Prisoner? I dunno