I spent weeks watching the big TV streaming services — Netflix, Amazon Video, Hulu, and HBO Now — in an effort to decide which one was the most compelling.
I finally gave up my cable subscription in 2007. By that time, the culture was already awash in stellar serial narratives, and I had begun to think of TV the way I thought of reading fiction — all I really needed to keep me happy was one good story at a time. Thanks to Netflix DVDs, I worked my way through Battlestar Galactica, The Office, and The Wire. Fast-forward to today, and the problem feels way more complicated. We’re drowning in good TV, renting DVDs has fallen out of fashion, and shows are fragmented across a growing number of streaming services. How are any of us supposed to keep up?