If you think that the 1950s was the Golden Era of TV, you’ll probably understand why so many people are calling the 21st Century the Platinum Era. There are currently so many TV shows in production, all of which have huge budgets, tackle difficult issues and are not afraid to swear, show naked bodies and glorify violence that people are starting to wonder why they should bother leaving their homes. HBO is certainly partially responsible for this, and it is with these fine series that it has made a mark.
1. True Blood
If you haven’t switched on your TV and seen crazy, half-naked vampires and ditzy gap-toothed faeries on your screen, where exactly have you been? Though it is now nearing its final airing, the series revolutionized TV in that it was one of the first that showed a world where vampirism was known and accepted.
The name of the series originally came from the vile, synthetic blood that had been created for these vampires to drink as an alternative to human blood. What made the show so addictive was that it was set in the bayous of the south, allowing for just about every creepy legend from voodoo to zombies to be addressed.
2. Game of Thrones
Based on the novels by George RR Martin, this series took violence and war to a fantastic and strange new level similar to that of The Lord of the Rings. This series follows a family that is nowhere near perfect through their individual and frightening adventures. It is unpredictable, bloody, sexual and touches on a certain sick fascination buried deep in almost all of us.
3. Boardwalk Empire
Take a trip to the Boardwalk Empire, a so-called gangster’s paradise in the heart of Atlantic City in the 1920s. One of the series’ most amusing anecdotes is that the pilot was produced at a cost of $18 million by none other than Martin Scorsese. Starring Steve Buscemi in what must be his only leading role ever, the series has been received over 40 Emmys, and is set to bring its last series to life this year.
4. The Newsroom
This political drama is a relatively new series from the maker of The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin. Though it is not as hard hitting as any other series on this list, it has acquired a fair following for addressing political issues that affect America both in a fictional, and a very real way.
Sometimes referred to as the Sex & The City for real girls, this show deals with the issue of four 20-somethings living and working in New York. What makes it so spectacular is that creator and star, Lena Dunham, is not afraid to tackle any issue that may have occurred in reality, from handing out ‘pity sex’ to obsessive compulsive disorder. Dunham reveals her own lack of body issues in the series and shows every part of her rather unflattering figure, which has given her a following of girls with their own body issues.