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There’s going to be a lot fewer TV shows for a while, and that’s great news.

There’s going to be a lot fewer TV shows for a while, and that’s great news.

Most workers don’t go on strike for fun. They don’t get paid while they don’t work. And what they work for is not done.

In early May, members of the Writers Guild of America went on strike in a dispute with producers over pay and the threat of AI.

The strike had already paralyzed most film and television production. Since midnight Friday, the actors have also been on strike for similar reasons, marking the first simultaneous union action in Hollywood since the 1960s.

Jonathan Handel, a lawyer specializing in show business, has explained to Business Insider that, in his opinion, the industry is going to suffer a long hiatus due to how complex and existential these issues are.

If so, there could be a big silver lining for viewers: a break from the relentless release of new TV series.

Oddly enough, last year nearly 600 shows premiered in the United States alone, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That is an increase from the meager 420 in 2015.

Cutting that number could help us stop being distracted by endless new releases and finally start taking advantage of that viewing list that contains dozens—hundreds?—of series that you would really like to see, but that are increasingly left behind by the arrival of the latest on Netflix, or Hulu, or Disney+, or Apple TV+, or Max, or Paramount+, or Lionsgate+. Even the list of platforms of streaming seems to continue to grow day by day, also in Spain.

I’m going to tell you my dirty little secret: I haven’t watched nearly as much quality television as I think I should have, despite spending decades of considerable spare time on what used to be called “the idiot box.” Maybe I’ve spent too much time watching drag race in all its forms.

whatThe West Wing of the White House? No.breaking bad, the sopranos, The Wire? Eeehm, try again. They are just some of the series that I think you should have seen. But considering that just those four would take me literally hundreds of hours, I know I’ll be lucky if I get to see even one (if I had to choose, I think it would be The Wire).

Hell, I ain’t even get to see the squid gameand I’m only three episodes into another Netflix hit, Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story.

So while it can be a bit frustrating to face another pandemic-style delay of your favorite shows, think of it as a golden opportunity to finally see something your best friend won’t stop talking about, or ones that just got a bunch of Emmy nominations.

And yes, if you haven’t tried yet succession, Now is the time. Sign up for Max and start at the beginning. You will not regret the investment of your time at all. The same goes for Donald Glover’s often truly amazing artwork masquerading as television and aka Atlanta. Other advice? Beef on Netflix. You are welcome.

You could even expand your selection, for example with a Nordic police series like The Killing either The Bridge.

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