Besides The Sopranos, it is worth mentioning The Wire and Oz as well. Even though the latter never got as much attention as it would’ve deserved. (I’m just watching it now, and it’s unique, brutal, well-written, and highly character-focused.)
However, undoubtedly The Sopranos started The Golden Age of Television.
Netflix had to stand out back then, creating the best possible content, but now there is no need for that. Quality became secondary, quantity matters the most.
I don’t think that the foreseeable future is as tragic as you mentioned, though. There are so many streaming platforms now, there will always be quality that stands out, it just won’t be as significant as Breaking Bad, House of Cards or Orange Is the New Black were.
Thanks for sharing, Alex! Much obliged for the sources.