May 3, 2014 8:05 AM
You sat riveted to your TV screen during shows like Breaking Bad, The Wire, and Six Feet Under. Why? Because the characters, relationships, and plots were fascinating, and Brett Martin, author of Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution ($20), argues that the start of the aughts ushered in a new golden age of television. Agree or disagree, you should flip through his book - it's full of insight into the last fifteen years of TV programming and includes behind-the-scenes info and interviews with actors from some of your favorite dramas.