Harsanyi: All the drama’s on TV
Television today consistently has become the place to explore the American cultural and political experience.
If you’re feeling tense and beleaguered, the recently concluded first season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” probably wasn’t for you.
The show’s violence and ceaseless tension did not make for a relaxing viewing experience, to say the least. But you should know this: Not only is “The Walking Dead” an artistic high point for the zombie genre (OK, that’s not a very high bar), it also may be the smartest show on television. It’s a gripping and gritty study of how people react to hopelessness and fear — and, need it be mentioned, hordes of awfully hungry, man-eating undead in various stages of decomposition.