The Real Golden Age of Television: 15-25

That’s what TV historian and industry consultant Tim Brooks noted during the “As The TV Programming World Turns” panel at the Outfront conference this afternoon. By 15-25, Brooks meant the age of TV viewers. No, not the Nielsen demo break, but consumer mindsets.

“The Golden Age is whenever you were 15 to 25,” Brooks said, citing consumer research indicating that people remember those year’s fondly, including the TV content that was on the air, even if it happened to be “’Gilligan’s Island’ that was on.”

In fact, even if you go back to the legit Golden Age of Television, the period when it began taking off in the late 1950s when programs like “Playhouse 90” were launched, Brooks quipped, “No one remembers the ‘Gas Company Playhouse.’”