This is not some "the way it used to be" wistfulness. You kids got it good. When I was growing up, TV writing worked around Dick and Laura having twin beds, every girlfriend of the Ponderosa fellows meeting tragic and predictable ends before the hour was up, and "Gilligan's Island" and "The Beverly Hillbillies" representing fine-toned humor. Well. Now you have all kinds of things. Big Bang Theory for humor (which I watch), things like Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, Sons of Anarchy, Game of Thrones, Homeland (none of which I watch), and others providing their plotlines and character development that keep workers at the water cooler or on Facebook occupied with breathless revelations. Seriously. The writing has notched up tremendously over the years, even to where a minor channel (A&E) can produce some tight, engrossing storylines (Longmire). True, there are less restrictions on writing than there used to be. But there's also far more channels, which you'd think would thin out the talent. On any given night, you can see any number of series that keep their viewers glued to the tube, reveling in the revelations of that evening. Please note: I do not include reality, or cooking competition, or other such shows in them. Literally, I could not be less interested or impressed.