“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” tells a story about Mr. Rogers on television even if he is not the central focus of the film. Over the years, many movies have helped us learn a lot about television. Here are seven of my favorites.
“Network” (1976) predicts a time when the entertainment television creates will overwhelm the medium’s ability to create public good. Paddy Chayefsky imagines a network that decides, for the sake of ratings, to turn news into entertainment. When first released, “Network” looked like a far-fetched fantasy that could never occur; today it seems Chayefsky had an amazing crystal ball to describe, in fascinating detail, the television world we now experience every day.