Art and Tradition

Examples of Third Golden Age of Television

What is it?

The third golden age of television designates a time when a specific television product, series, stands out for its quality. It is established that it began in 1997. About its end for now we can only speculate, since we are immersed in it and, for now, it seems to have no short-term end.

The third golden age of televisionIt came from the hand of the payment channels, especially HBO. These are financed thanks to the clients who hire them, which allowed them to invest more in series and have a wider margin than the generalist chains to take risks. In addition, as the subscribers were adults, they were able to make series in which explicit sexual content, violence, and touched hard topics that made the viewer feel uncomfortable.

The generalist channels also began to emit quality series, only that when they were financed by advertising they could not take the risk like the paid ones.


Game of Thrones (HBO)

The Wire (HBO)

The Sopranos (HBO)


Breaking Bad (AMC)

Mad Men (AMC)

Girls (HBO)

True Detective (HBO)

Sherlock (BBC One)

Fargo (FX)

Black Mirror (Channel 4, Netflix)

Mr. Robot (USA Network)

The Knick (Cinemax)

House of Cards (Netflix)

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