THE DIVERSIFICATION OF TELEVISION
Shows like The Sopranos, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and True Detective are all considered part of this golden age. And most of these shows feature a predominantly white male cast with problematic views on women and people of color.
According to the studios, shows led by or targeted towards women didn't appeal to a broad enough audience. So they did not see a reason to invest in them. And the same applied to people of color.
Around 2013 things started to change. With the rise of Netflix, viewers could decide for themselves which shows to watch. The audience behaved differently to what studios had assumed.
DEMAND FOR MORE
Demand for new content was high so Netflix funded numerous projects led by women and people of color that were previously rejected by the big studios. Other companies took note and slowly started doing the same.
Shows like Orange is the new Black, Jane The Virgin, Broad City and Transparent were just a few female-led shows that started gaining popularity with users and critics, collecting multiple award nominations and wins.
Then in October 2017, the TV & Film industry got flipped on its head. Several women started coming forward with allegations of sexual misconduct against major producers and creators. The #MeToo movement led to the firing of high ranking predators, replacing them with people of more diverse profiles.
MORE WORK TO BE DONE
Over the past few years, we have seen a step in the right direction but we are still very far from equality on all fronts in the television industry. A 2017 study found that 90% of show-runners are still white and 80% is male.