Which brings us back to frame interpolation, aka motion smoothing. And yes, its default settings are usually far too dramatic. But I’ve found that lower settings are less offensive. A bit of interpolation adds just enough information to “clean up” the picture during moving scenes, giving you a clearer, less stuttery image without making it look like an episode of Days of Our Lives.

That said, finding this balance can vary from TV to TV, and some brands do it better than others. Remember, the TV is taking frames from your movie and guessing how frames in between them should look—which can result in artifacts, or glitches, in the picture when it guesses wrong. O’Keefe says these artifacts are more common on higher interpolation settings, but it depends on the TV, its interpolation algorithm, and its processing power—and, to an extent, on how much you notice them to begin with.

In my experience, no one does it better than Sony, who has a reputation among A/V enthusiasts for having the best motion processing. This is, in big part, due to their Cinemotion feature, which has been present on Sony TVs for many years. The company tells me this feature uses de-telecining (to reverse that 3:2 pulldown judder) and tiny amounts of frame interpolation to present 24-fps content the way you expect to see it, rather than the way modern sample-and-hold displays show it in its purest form. Most people probably don’t even realize this is happening, especially since Sony’s main Motionflow interpolation feature is separate from the more subtle Cinemotion setting: Even if you turn Motionflow’s Smoothness down to zero, there’s still a bit of interpolation happening in the background with Cinemotion on.

But part of Sony’s reputation is also due to its fantastic processing algorithms, which can interpolate frames with fewer artifacts than competing brands. And ultimately, it’s why I bought a Sony TV after many years of motion-induced frustration—no other brand could hit that sweet spot quite as well without side effects. Their current flagships, the X950H LED and A8H OLED, use their most advanced processing hardware, and having had personal experience with both, they’re the models I’d recommend looking at if you want the best motion on a modern TV. But you can try it on your current set, too—you just need to play with the settings.

Each brand calls its interpolation feature something different, and the settings can even vary between models from the same brand. But if you dig into the options, you’ll almost certainly find it under Motion. Samsung calls it Auto Motion Plus, for example, while LG calls it TruMotion. Vizio just calls it Smooth Motion Effect, and TCL calls it Action Smoothing. Bump it up by one or two notches, give yourself time to get used to the subtle differences, and see what you think—you’ll also find the black frame insertion feature in that menu, if your TV has one, and you can use them in conjunction with one another if your TV has a good implementation.