”Now that syndication is no longer the cash cow it used to be, that goal is no longer as important — and the value of shows going on for years and years has thus plummeted in the eyes of the networks, while they become some of the most popular library content offered by the streaming services,” writes former colleague Liz Shannon Miller. She bemoans the death of really long-living TV series, the kind we talk about after years. For example, Friends, which is 25 years old now. My view: post-Internet society has such fractional attention span, that seasons long series feel like a drag unless they are exceptional. Not to mention, the ddemands on our attention are manifold.