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So. Mad Men. I've watched maybe a half dozen eps by now and I'm finding it difficult to groove along to. Are we supposed to just ignore the horrible parenting, the hell with ethics work attitude, and the sexism/mysogyny just because everybody looks oh so pretty?


Absolutely not. For me, this is one of the most clever shows ever.

In the 1st season DVDs tehre's a documentary on how the tobacco industry used advertising and galmour in order to sell their products, and I think this is what Mad Men does: in an absolutely gorgeous package (wardrobe design, sets, music, shooting) its delivering those attitudes towards smoking, drinking, parenting, women, black people, gays... and you're supposed to notice. What the show doesn't do is hammer it down to you "This is wrong!", mostly because I think that's not its style, but also there's the other side of the coin, the dark side -a secret part of you kind of envies them because they're getting away with it. They're drunk at work and it's OK not just because it's TV, but because it's TV in an era when that was OK, before alcoholism and cancer and stuff. For me that's a secret pleasure as well, and it's one that does say something about our respective societies, then and now.

Also, I love how in a way you think how far we've come, and in another you realise how little we've learned.


 
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Tom & Lorenzo do a good job of explaining the fascination of Mad Men (they do a post per episode, and multiple posts examining the style and fashions).

I just watched the first three seasons and I'm absolutely obsessed.

The finale of Season 3 and the penultimate episode made me want to cheer! I love how I really like the characters even though they disappoint again and again by doing incredibly shitty things.

Also, the funniest episode of Season 3 was "Guy walks into an advertising agency". The title alone makes me crack up. And Sterling saying "and he only just got his foot in the doorway."

(The funniest one in Season 1 was the one where Sterling throws up infront of Nixon.)


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I think Sterling's bloody hilarious. That there's a character so blatantly sexist, racist and sleazy as that one and you still find him likeable and empathise with him is the reason why I love this show so much. I don't think there's any one character I like completely, not even Peggy, and yet I feel for them every single time something bad happens to them.


 
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Been working my way through catching up on Breaking Bad.

Heisenberg is the best name for a drug kingpin ever.
 
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Starting in on season 3 of Warehouse 13. I much prefer cheesy and campy!

Mostly because I need something to knit along to - and so I prefer something I don't need to truly invest my attention to. Drama just sucks me in and frankly there's enough drama in real life. I like goofy supernatural/snarky dialogue type procedurals.


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The last episode of Warehouse 13 got pretty intense at the end, but the humour and lightness in the run-up kind of impacted that.

I think it's their best season and has one heck of a cliffhanger.


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I really liked Mad Men when it was about advertising and the shaping of desire. Basically how artists and media were turned to the dark side for corporate money. It delved into politics, power and corruption. In later seasons it lost it's edge, left the office and was about the crappy parenting and lousy marriages. I found that boring.

Breaking Bad is my favorite show right now. Making a meth dealer believably relatable and sympathetic shows some brilliant writing. Gus will get an Emmy for his work in the last few episodes.

I'm a big David Simon fan. Almost ready to rewatch The Wire. Generation Kill was so awesome. If you ever wanted to know what being in the Army is really like watch that show. Treme didn't really suit me. Maybe I didn't watch enough.


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NBC is remaking The Munsters....


... as an hour long drama.

I shit you not!

(from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.)


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NBC is remaking The Munsters....


... as an hour long drama.

I shit you not!

(from Pushing Daisies creator Bryan Fuller.)

I would normally just dismiss this out of turn but with Bryan Fuller involved it could be interesting.

I am currently enthralled with the dark, sick and funny American Horror Story. It is so over the top but so much fun.


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I am currently enthralled with the dark, sick and funny American Horror Story. It is so over the top but so much fun.[/QUOTE]

That's one of the best shows I've seen in a long time



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ok, that last one should have started with a quote from Lan Martak's post...give me a break, it's been a while



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Just a reminder that The Simpsons might be worth watching tonight. Smile


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It rarely is these days for me, but that was actually a decent episode.

I followed it up with the newest episode of Misfits, which kicked butt. Nazi butt, to be precise. Big Grin
 
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I love Breaking Bad. I watched all the eps currently on Netflix Instant.

Right now I'm into the British Being Human. OMG. A sexy Irish vampire with black hair. Yes, please.


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I am currently enthralled with the dark, sick and funny American Horror Story. It is so over the top but so much fun.


That's one of the best shows I've seen in a long time[/QUOTE]

Yes! This and Homeland are my new loves. (Love Love love Homeland!)


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homeland? tell me more please.



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<spooky noise>Thread necromancy!</spooky noise>

Has anyone here been watching The Politician's Husband on BBC? Cass suggested recording it, and with those actors (Emily Watson, David Tennant) I thought it was worth checking out - but I'm rather disappointed in it. Its view of politics is jaded and cynical in the laziest way, its characters are flat and uninteresting, and the writing is hackneyed as hell. Even the actors can't improve it much - and I have to say that I find Tennant pretty bad in this, although the material doesn't help much. He was more complex and fun to watch as Barty Crouch Jr. - in this one he barely scores 0.03 Urqharts on the House of Cards scale. Is it just that every Machiavellian politico is a pygmy compared to Ian Richardson's fantastic creation? (To which, of course, the only correct answer is: You might very well think that; I couldn't possibly comment.


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Just watched it. I enjoyed Freya's performance, and liked it while it was going on, but I've woken up disappointed.

For me it was the tawdry nature of the plot to bring down tenants rival. It depended on actual corruption rather than using his ambition.

I quite enjoyed the symbolic use of sex in the drama, but so many things were done then abandoned - the au pair, the diaphragm, the son...

Promising, but ultimately squandering its potential.


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I have to say, in the last few years I found most original BBC drama to fit that description, Murphy, at least the ones that we watched. Even The Hour, which we probably enjoyed most, mainly had a great ensemble cast; take away the performances and what remained was a handsomely shot series with very hackneyed writing.


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