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TV: For Our Consideration: Is cable still the best venue for quality television?

For the past 12 years—since the debut of The Sopranos—the assumption has been that cable networks put on the best programs on TV. The movement toward more sophisticated, adult storytelling began at HBO, then spread to other networks, from FX to Showtime to AMC to Starz, with plenty of others in between. Artistically daring networks that were willing not just to indulge in adult language and content, but also to tell long, slow-paced stories that accumulated over time and really let viewers get to know their characters, became common on cable, while the broadcast networks, increasingly dependent on.
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