Has America reached "peak TV"?
FX Networks president John Landgraf coined the term earlier this year, when, in a session with TV critics and reporters, he predicted the number of scripted shows on broadcast, cable and streaming outlets would pass 400 this year (up from a mere 211 in 2009 and 376 last year).
As the people who write about television for a living waved back feebly, preparing to sink beneath the waves, the numbers-crunchers at FX continued to count.
(What's FX's interest? Well, if you're too busy trying to stay afloat, you might miss shows like "The Americans," "Fargo" and "Justified," to name three critically acclaimed FX shows that might have wished for more viewers this year.)
Anyway, this year's number, announced Wednesday, is 409.
Did anyone, anywhere see all 409? It's doubtful.
Were all of them worth watching? Probably not.
But I saw enough good television in 2015 to fill at least three separate, and totally defensible, Top 10 lists. And nearly every day I hear about some show I've never seen that someone I respect thinks might be worth a look.
While much of the recent growth may have been helped along by Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and others getting into the business of original programming, it's basic, advertising-supported cable that's contributed most, according to FX, which dates the beginning of the explosion to the 2002 launch of its drama "The Shield." Since then, the number of scripted series on basic cable has grown 484 percent, from 31 to 181.
By the way, "the combined total does not include reality, news, sports, made-for-television movies, specials, daytime or children's programming," according to FX.