In terms of television, I agree, the quality of programs like Breaking Bad, The Wire, Oz, Mad Men, etc the old dramas can't light a candle to these. Having streaming services and upstart networks looking for content (AMC, FX) that can benefit from subscriptions over ads is definitely a good thing for shows with critical acclaim that don’t appeal to a mass audience (aka Black Mirror, Halt & Catch Fire, Breading Bad**, etc.) Otherwise, none of them would last! And yes, the 70’s and 80’s sit-coms were goofy and maybe not up to the standards, but reminds us of certain times in our lives, and meant so much more before the oversaturation and expanded options which is diluting our attention spans. And many of the themes and jokes on shows like Different Strokes (Gordon Jump episode!- look it up if you aren’t familiar with it), All In The Family, Welcome Back Kotter would never make it on today’s PC cookie-cutter network television. But it has to be cookie-cutter, I get it, because network TV is built on selling ads, and a guy like me who seeks more like the music, acting, writing, uniqueness is of no interest to these companies looking to appeal to the mass audience who just wants to be entertained before settling back into their status quo lifestyle. BTW, it's all subjective and I know I am in the minority, but I never really cared for Modern Family and I watched the first few episodes of the first season.
In the 70's, 80's and 90's, regardless of good or bad, movies, music, and TV were produced by CREATIVE studios who sometimes didn't entirely focus on the total bottom line. I mean, look at some of those bad but good 80’s movies by now non-existent studios like Carolco, New Line, Orion, etc. Some if not most of the best things in life happen organically, and when creative people aren't hindered, they sometimes can and do change the game. In the late 90's to now, global corporate conglomerates began buying up the studios, consolidating and adding to their portfolios and letting go a lot of creative minds. Programs and music have now beome based on metrics (whether real or BS) and the entertainment industry now is run by people who are not creative, mainly suits with no interest in creativity. The exception to the rule may be Disney who does good work with new ideas AND retreads, but just take a look at WWF, the death of the music industry (retired labels, no more A&R, instant hits, indie film run by studios), independent studios, concerts, etc. It’s all about how content can appeal globally. Movies such as John Hughes classics would never even be made in today’s world as they have limited international appeal. Hence, more and more sci/fi, superhero, and Transformers movies!!!
We all on here probably were born in the 70's, 80's, and 90's, but those born in the 90s' probably spent their "learning" years involved with the arts of the 00's and 10's of which I believe the quality of a lot but not all has become cookie-cutter. A lot of it is subjective and habits are formed based on age, culture, and era, but you can’t deny that if you dig into the details and history of the entertainment biz, there is a lot of things that the majoriity don’t even know or want to know about. Us 80’s kids are passionate about our stuff, and it shows with the popularity of funko and other retro commodities. Now it’s becoming 90’s, but the stuff from today sadly is going to be here today, gone tomorrow!
I enjoy having conversation about this topic as it’s a passion of mine, but I could go on and on, so I’ll try and keep it brief, especially since the average attention span now is 8 seconds. Not saying I am right and know-it-all, but my two cents for what it’s worth for those that appreciate.