Slate's David Haglund has a #slatepitch-y piece titled with the imperative "Stop Saying That TV Is Better Than Movies These Days," and he's not just bugged about what has become a cliché. Haglund is a film buff, and he's touchingly protective of the cinema, a place that where I spent a good chunk of my childhood but almost never visit these days.
Haglund can't dismiss TV outright, so he instead charges critics who champion the box with an "attempt to narrow the range of what sophisticated viewers feel obligated to watch" (abetted, I assume, by magazine and website editors who are giving these critics more and more space.) TV critics, he writes, are not only intolerant, they're predictable:
Critics who claim that TV is better than the movies now would generally, it seems, prefer that there only be one [ascendent medium]. And when it comes to quality, TV remains, for the most part, a great simplifier. Ask nearly any professional critic — not to mention many amateur ones — for the best TV shows of the last decade or so, and you will get a very familiar list, starting with The Sopranos and ending, probably, with Breaking Bad, or maybe, say, Homeland or The Americans. You will almost certainly have heard of every show. You are not likely to encounter the sometimes bewildering variety that a collection of film critics is likely to present you with.