TV Shows That Only Smart People Appreciate?
Programs like: True Detective and Fargo, offer a lot of hidden meaning. The better read the viewer is, the more the material will come to life. It’s not to say that a regular Joe Schmo can’t enjoy a show like The Americans, of course, they can. However, these types of shows aren't dumbed down. 

They require a person to actually pay attention, to be active spectators aware of narrative shifts, and to be able to put the pieces of a complicated puzzle together without a lot of hand-holding. 
TV shows: it’s about telling complicated stories that don’t just wind up neat and tidy at the end of a half-hour episode. It’s safe to say that television is not just for the masses anymore to simply idle away wasted evenings, a smart TV show is a welcome form of entertainment in even the most highbrow of houses. 
Since about the early 2000s, 

TV audiences have been Presented with what many experts call The Golden Age of Television. In other words, TV has never been so darn good or so darn smart. This list features smart TV shows that are currently running new episodes, even if we’re just anxiously awaiting for a fresh season. Here are the best 

shows that smart people watch. 

Which intelligent TV shows are your favorite? 

Be sure to vote up the TV series you think are the smartest shows on television...

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You will see the total gamut of programming on this list. There are the animated comedies. It’s true that a middling 8-year-old can watch The Simpsons or Family Guy and be extremely entertained. 

However, for the shows to truly be appreciated, an intellectual mind is needed to pick up on all of the nearly laugh-a-second nuances and understand the less obvious references.
There are several reasons why TV has never been better. First, there are more channels that cater to different tastes. Not only are cable networks like AMC and FX churning out Emmy Award-winning dramas, but streaming channels like Amazon and Netflix, are also producing high-caliber programming that's not constricted to the tight guidelines typically associated with network television.