Our TV critic David Bianculli says 2013 was a good year for TV, and that had a lot to do with two new shows from Netflix: House of Cards, the American adaptation of the BBC political thriller series, and Orange Is the New Black, a dramatic comedy which takes place in a women’s federal prison.
Both of those shows made Bianculli’s Top 10 Shows for 2013. See what else made the list.
This year, Netflix was also mostly responsible for what has come to be known as binge watching.Bianculli has reservations about it and shares his thoughts with Fresh Air’s Terry Gross:
"It denies the chance for people to have a communal experience. I think Arrested Development (also produced by Netflix) would have gotten so much more press had it been shown one episode a week. It’s sort of like everybody wants to get the maximum output right away and there’s no thought of long-range planning, so whatever big hit they get for the first big week, that’s all they’re interested in.
… Netflix also still is very protective of its numbers, so we don’t really know how many people are watching, how many people see the first episode binge immediately and go back. But I want to praise Netflix for going to quality programmers, coming up with quality programs. I just would beg them to release one or two a week, double it if you have to, but keep that sense of anticipation coming.”
You can listen to the rest of their discussion on the year in television here.