A good reason to get Sky this autumn - it's just bought up the rights to all HBO programmes, including Martin Scorsese's Boardwalk Empire - which, without a scrap of evidence, I am willing to be will be one of the greatest TV shows of all time.
Most of my favourite shows of the past few years have originated from across the Atlantic - True Blood, Lost, 24, Fringe, Band of Brothers and The Wire amongst them. And that's discounting The Sopranos, which I own on DVD but have yet to watch.
What is it has made the past few years a golden period for US television, especially when compared to output from the UK? The only home-grown drama series that I can think of that have been up with the best of US programmes are Spooks (on its good days) and The Take. I also like the Australian drama Underbelly, recently shown on STV.
Am I missing any? And can anyone give me an answer? I suppose it comes down to budget constraints, but is there more to it than that?