I just read a great article on Vulture that explains why I love television today, in a much more thoroughly eloquent way than I would have.
Premillennial TV was often denigrated as "the box," not just because the appliance was cube-shaped but because its storytelling was packed into boxes, too.
...Considering that the word "television" has been morphing as well, this seems only fitting. The box once referred to the device whose squarish screen delivered all manner of programming. Now it refers to a particular set of expectations for storytelling.
It's a great read. And accurate analysis of the moment, too. (Mild spoilers for years-old shows.)