American TV is Great, is That a Chicken or an Egg?

American TV is Great, is That a Chicken or an Egg?

I just got back from the United Kingdom and I have this to say about their TV; it’s AWFUL.  The news isn’t bad, but the television itself is just horrible.  When low-budget cable TV networks don’t have anything better to do they show syndicated episodes of Simpsons, Seinfeld and Friends.  In the UK, that’s the only watchable programming.  The other night, during prime time, one of their main channels (equivalent to networks) was playing that John Claude Van Damme movie where he’s in a prison.  In PRIME TIME!  Even USA wouldn’t show that in Prime Time.

So you know what happened while I was in the UK?  I unplugged my TV and read/worked nearly all day.  It was fantastic.  I’ve rarely gotten as much done as I did in that week and a half (in spite of hour long underground commutes).  Which brings me to the question in the title.  Of exceptional TV and a lack of reading/working in the evening, which came first?  Who’s the chicken and who’s the egg?

I don’t have a clever answer, but if you do I’d love to see some guesses in the comments.