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Old 31-08-2013, 01:47
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As Breaking Bad is coming to a close, I'll soon be needing a new series to watch. After browsing the US Netflix, I discovered that Mad Men is available.

I've heard lots of great things about it through twitter, as well as its multiple Emmy honours. Considering that I adore Breaking Bad and MM is also AMC, do you think that I'd enjoy the show?
Or perhaps there are better shows for me to watch on Netflix?

Any response would be appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 31-08-2013, 05:12
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Hey Callum, Breaking Bad and Mad Men are different in pace and style, however Mad Men although a slow moving drama is wonderful to watch. Netflix is full of great shows so I'd say watch the first episode of Mad Men if you like the look of it stick with, if not then you can always browse around for something else
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Old 31-08-2013, 10:16
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Slow moving drama = boring. Don't bother. Try "Suits", "Franklin & Bash" or "Magic City" instead.
There is nothing remotely interesting about advertising or the people who work in it.
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Old 31-08-2013, 10:31
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Slow moving drama = boring. Don't bother. Try "Suits", "Franklin & Bash" or "Magic City" instead.
There is nothing remotely interesting about advertising or the people who work in it.
Not sure about MM being boring as I haven't seen it myself but Suits is well worth a watch. One of my favourite programs at the moment.

F&B is more light hearted but worth a watch and haven't seen Magic City.
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Old 31-08-2013, 10:37
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I found the first three or four seasons to be absolutely excellent, but since then it has increasingly bored me. Initially, I thought the sets and props were a huge novelty, never having previously seen such great attention to detail in a show set in that time. In fact, I'd rarely if ever seen a show set in the sixties that wasn't actually made then, except maybe Happy Days. Don was an intriguing creation, the use of cigarettes and alcohol was/is definitely from a bygone age, seeing black characters as nothing but bell hops, shoeshines and lift attendants was also indicative of an earlier age Also, the scripts were snappy, with some excellent humour and surprising revelations. I would definitely recommend seasons one to four without hesitation.

From season five or six, though, I felt Mad Men took a downward turn. By then we knew all there was to know about the characters, and everything has started to get re-hashed - everyone just repeats what they have already done on a loop. Plus, they never seem to go outside! It makes for a claustrophobic experience when we are either at the office or in someone's home practically all the time.

Also, from around 1966 (psychedelia, drugs, paisley shirts), the use of wigs, fake beards and moustaches, plus other prosthetics, begins to look rather stupidly obvious. I've spent as much time gawping at stuck-on beards and sideburns as I have paying attention to storylines, and once sympathetic characters have been becoming more and more bitchy and bastardly and generally unlikeable.

Definitely give it a go, though.
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Old 31-08-2013, 12:18
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I watched the first 4 episodes recently and didn't find it gripping at all so I gave up. I didn't think the characters were interesting. I'm intrigued by the premise so might try again in future but to me it seems to be a show you really have to invest in.
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Old 31-08-2013, 19:13
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Slow moving drama = boring. Don't bother. Try "Suits", "Franklin & Bash" or "Magic City" instead.
There is nothing remotely interesting about advertising or the people who work in it.
Wow
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Old 31-08-2013, 20:10
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I watched the first 4 episodes recently and didn't find it gripping at all so I gave up. I didn't think the characters were interesting. I'm intrigued by the premise so might try again in future but to me it seems to be a show you really have to invest in.
That's probably fair. It does seem slow-moving when you first start watching it, and there is a lot of dialogue. I found that after a few episodes it suddenly clicked and I then found it riveting. The characters are not all exactly interesting, some are intriguing, some are boring, some are unpleasant, but they develop over the series. For example if you stick with it you'll find that Pete Campbell becomes one of the most memorable and watchable characters in modern TV (won't say more in case of spoilers).

I say stick with it.
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Old 31-08-2013, 20:53
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Slow moving drama = boring. Don't bother. Try "Suits", "Franklin & Bash" or "Magic City" instead.
There is nothing remotely interesting about advertising or the people who work in it.
Itsa character study more than a show about advertising...and its one of the best shows ever made
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Old 31-08-2013, 21:19
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I watched the first 4 episodes recently and didn't find it gripping at all so I gave up. I didn't think the characters were interesting. I'm intrigued by the premise so might try again in future but to me it seems to be a show you really have to invest in.
I think I lasted a couple more episodes than you, but just didn't find that I was too excited when new episodes appeared in my planner. I was watching a few other shows at the time and one of them had to go.
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Old 31-08-2013, 22:16
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I found Mad Men boring and I stuck with it for two seasons on and off, mainly because I liked the lead character, I didnít like any of the other characters though, which didnít help. The problem was that near nothing really happened, thereís slow and thereís snail pace, kind of like a US version of Heartbeat lol. I understand why people like it, the setting is done really well and the acting is pretty solid. The themes from that time are dealt with authentically as well. But for me it was a flat out bore and I wanted to like it as well.
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Old 31-08-2013, 23:50
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See, what made me persevere through the beginning of Breaking Bad was that I knew there'd be a huge payoff from what my friends told me. Would you say Mad Men offers something similar or is the pace more or less the same throughout the whole thing? I take it there aren't any huge set pieces and thrills in most episodes a la Homeland.
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Old 01-09-2013, 03:05
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See, what made me persevere through the beginning of Breaking Bad was that I knew there'd be a huge payoff from what my friends told me. Would you say Mad Men offers something similar or is the pace more or less the same throughout the whole thing? I take it there aren't any huge set pieces and thrills in most episodes a la Homeland.
How long does it typically take for you to decide whether you're "in" or "out" on a given series?

It took me four episodes of The Bridge to decide I was going to "jump off."

The selling points for Mad Men:

VISUALLY SEDUCTIVE.

Expert depiction of institutionalized sexism.

Excellent performances.

The OTHER (What was America like in the 1960's [for a *very* select group of characters]?)

But...

The story-telling goals of Breaking Bad and Mad Men are very different; generally speaking, nothing much happens on MM except for the season premieres / season finales.

And the best Mad Men seasons (imo) so far have been seasons 4 & 5.

But why ask the forum? Why not sample a few episodes?

If you're forcing yourself to watch anything, that doesn't sound like too much fun...
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Old 01-09-2013, 09:02
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I wouldn't seek answers to this on a forum or you wouldn't watch any of the finest dramas ever made. With the potent mix of attention seeking amateur critics and the downright clueless, you will always get negative comments that will put you off, to your own detriment.

Not saying that's necessarily true on this thread, just in general.
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Old 01-09-2013, 12:02
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Thank you all very much, I think I'll definitely give it a go. I'm definitely the kind guy who'd rather watch something unravel subtlety over time than get cheap thrills and style over substance.

Cheers everyone, I'll definitely give it a watch then report back.
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Old 05-09-2013, 10:37
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I love both Mad Men and breaking bad.

Mad Men is a slow unravelling show and some of the pay off's for story lines, you don't get even in the same season. But for me that makes it. Its a show you invest in. The characters are multi faceted.

- and as for seasons 5-6, the novelty and cult factor had gone, the show was now really popular (used to be hidden on beeb 4, then 2 and now Sky) so it was opened to more criticism. Plus the Hour and other shows jumped on the time period band wagon, making that aspect less novel.

Only issue with season 6 for me, is there seemed to be a few gaps in the story telling (i.e. the writers seemed to assume the viewer knew what was in their minds when they wrote it and forgot to actually write parts of the story - but I see the same in Dexter) but it was still good!

Well worth a shot.
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Old 05-09-2013, 13:37
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Yes, you should.

Some philistines will tell you the pace is too slow because they can't comprehend drama existing beyond the threat of death and violence, but it's absolutely one the best shows of recent times.

It is NOT just a story about how different things were back then. Quite the opposite, in fact.
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Old 05-09-2013, 14:23
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For me, it is the best show that's still airing (and the includes the fantastic Breaking Bad).

And if series 7, which is the last ever series, carries on just as strongly as series 6 finished then it would beat The Wire for second in my all time list of great television. I can't ever see anything beating The Sopranos.

Mad Men is a must watch.
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Old 05-09-2013, 22:15
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For me, it is the best show that's still airing (and the includes the fantastic Breaking Bad).

And if series 7, which is the last ever series, carries on just as strongly as series 6 finished then it would beat The Wire for second in my all time list of great television. I can't ever see anything beating The Sopranos.

Mad Men is a must watch.
What good taste

I can't decide between Sopranos, The Wire and Mad Men for the order of my top 3 but they are definitely the top three for me.

There is so much layering to enjoy.

For example, I just LOVED the end track they play at the end of episode 2 S1 (takes me back to my yoof)

Series 5 was superb, best yet I think.

Currently watching Breaking bad S4 and am finding it a little one dimensional so hoping that it picks up having enjoyed season 2 and 3 very much.
Homeland could be pushing for the number 4 spot if Season 3 doesn't let it down (a la Prison Break)
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Old 06-09-2013, 20:52
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As Breaking Bad is coming to a close, I'll soon be needing a new series to watch. After browsing the US Netflix, I discovered that Mad Men is available.

I've heard lots of great things about it through twitter, as well as its multiple Emmy honours. Considering that I adore Breaking Bad and MM is also AMC, do you think that I'd enjoy the show?
Or perhaps there are better shows for me to watch on Netflix?

Any response would be appreciated. Thanks.
Mad Men is one of those shows that you will like if you enjoy watching the characters, set design and costuming so much you don't mind a very slow plot. The writing is really not very good... at the end of most episodes I feel like absolutely nothing happened except a bit of an insight to a few of the characters lives.
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Old 31-10-2013, 22:13
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As Breaking Bad is coming to a close, I'll soon be needing a new series to watch. After browsing the US Netflix, I discovered that Mad Men is available.

I've heard lots of great things about it through twitter, as well as its multiple Emmy honours. Considering that I adore Breaking Bad and MM is also AMC, do you think that I'd enjoy the show?
Or perhaps there are better shows for me to watch on Netflix?

Any response would be appreciated. Thanks.
Beware .

It's addictive but sadly after downloading and watching up to and including Series 3 Ep 7 - through On Demand .

Then the bombshell !

I went to download the latest batch , end of Series 3 and they have ALL gone !!!

All I could find was a few episodes of Series 4 .

Disgraceful - they should at least have some kind of warning message or something .
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Old 01-11-2013, 17:23
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I started to watch this on my mum's recommendation(!) as she loves all things set in the 60s.

At first I struggled with it and wasn't sure at all as I found it very niche - even the language was so specific to New York early 60s advertising.

But I stuck with it and about half way through S1 I was hooked. The attention to detail is superb and the characters are multi layered and of course imperfect.

I do think that S3 and S4 are the best and it probably peaked with those, but I will have to stick with it until the end.

Enjoy.
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Old 01-11-2013, 18:00
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I adore it. You definitely should. I was hooked from the go. Roger and joan are my favourites
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Old 01-11-2013, 18:42
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Definitely give it a go as it's a great show, but as others has said, it's very slow-moving at times and you have to be prepared to stick with it. The pace doesn't really bother me as I could watch Christina Hendricks doing nothing for an hour and not get bored.
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Old 02-11-2013, 11:25
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Beware .

It's addictive but sadly after downloading and watching up to and including Series 3 Ep 7 - through On Demand .

Then the bombshell !

I went to download the latest batch , end of Series 3 and they have ALL gone !!!

All I could find was a few episodes of Series 4 .

Disgraceful - they should at least have some kind of warning message or something .
ive just posted about this

ive been glued to it for 3 seasons....then where the hell is season 4....?
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