It all started going to hell when MTV stopped showing music videos!
I think TV has always mostly sucked. It's just that the worst shows disappear (from view and memory) and the only ones we see from years ago now are the good ones.
There's a lot of quality TV now--and certainly a lot of absolute crap. I HATE almost all reality TV. But I love a lot of HBO and Showtime series and even some of the network shows (e.g.
Modern Family) are outstanding.
I remember when it was just the three networks and PBS and I would NOT want to go back to that.