It used to be easy: Movies were smart and television was dumb.
Movies were a special communal event, and television was part of humdrum home life. Television had commercials and movies did not, television was episodic and open-ended while movies told a single story. Movies could be entertaining but also high art; television might be groundbreaking or provocative, but art never entered the conversation.
No one watched television on a first date or majored in television studies, and the only movies you could watch while ironing were long gone from theaters.
Now it's not so easy. Televised series often have just as much artistry and significance as any film, and...