"It Has Happened Before, It Will Happen Again: The "Third" Golden Age of Television Fiction
In 1996 Robert J. Thompson wrote the vastly influential Televisionâ€™s Second Golden Age: From
Hill Street Blues to ER defining the controversial term â€˜quality televisionâ€™. As Thompson himself
has stated, a decade after this publication, what was then exceptional and innovative has now
become the norm, which suggest we might have entered yet another golden age. However
instead of trying to demarcate each and every new wave of golden age, it might be best to claim,
like the Cylons in Battlestar Galactica, that â€˜it has happened before and it will happen againâ€™.