The point of my lecture was to talk about the ways (some) television has grown away from its roots in radio and stage drama into a new form of visual literature, full of complicated, character-based, long form storytelling. The Shield and The Sopranos and Freaks & Geeks, I argued, are like novels. Hell, David Simon has said outright he was trying to make the Great American Novel with The Wire.
TV and books are not the same, of course, and I included plenty of examples where they diverge. DON’T WORRY. But because this was a crowd of MFA students, I wrapped up the lecture with what Socrates called “easy learnables”: What we (as students of writing) can learn from television.