As the new fall TV season approaches, we're hard at work putting together our special episode on The New Golden Age of Television. Of course, part of our motivation for that episode is that television has changed so much in the last couple of decades that old top-down structures like episodic series and the TV season itself have given way to more flexible, more complex, more philosophical modes of storytelling -- TV worth thinking about. But while we wait to hear the philosophers and their guests weigh in on everything from Breaking Bad to Westworld, why not check out some of our past episodes that took a philosophical lens to the boob tube.
But in case that's not enough to whet your appetite, here's a sneak preview of the new episode in the form of the uncut extended interviews Josh and Ken did with the philosophers they invited to help them think deep about television today: Alexander Nehamas on the new modes of TV watching, Katherine Tullmann on Game of Thrones, Jorah Dannenberg on Westworld, and Pamela Hieronymi on The Good Place (on which she actually worked as a philosophical consultant!).