Monday, October 25, 2010

Coping With Mad Men Withdrawal

This is a tough time of the year for me. My team didn’t make it to the World Series. And Mad Men—the only thing I’ve been moved to write about consistently other than politics—is over for the year. I’m in desperate need of something to distract me from these depressing political times. This is a cry for help.

Here's a question for Mad Men devotees:  Is there anything on the cultural horizon that has enough of Mad Men’s dramatic intensity and intellectual heft to be worth watching and writing about?

8 comments:

Mad Woman said...

Can't help you with anything current. I'm dying too.

The only suggestion I can come up with is get yourself a Netflix account and start with The Sopranos Season 1 and sit back and watch the whole thing from start to finish. By the time you're finished, the next season of Mad Men should roll around.

Anonymous said...

Well, if DVDs count, The Wire is phenomenal, very dense, and even more ambitious than Mad Men.

Also, Louie on FX is one of the most interesting shows I've seen in years, although it may not be to many people's taste...

Anonymous said...

There's always Boardwalk Empire. Haven't seen it myself but there's a lot of hype. But you need HBO or wait till it's on DVD. Has anyone seen this?

Mike K said...

Ron, I've become a regular reader of your blog over past months. The Mad Men reviews first introduced me to your writing and I stayed for the political commentary. I too share you MM withdrawals, and wanted to share that part of the enjoyment of this season for me was reading your insightful commentary following each episode. Many thanks! I also endorse you tacking The Wire, if you haven't already; Boardwalk is good, not great.

Anonymous said...

Have you checked out Friday Night Lights?

Ron Replogle said...

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm already up on the Wire, but I'm going to check out Friday Night Lights and Boardwalk Empire during a free month of HBO.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to your enlightened social commentary on Friday Night Lights.
Check out season 1 on Netflix

Anonymous said...

The best way to cope with Mad Men withdrawal would be to start with season 1 and guide us through it...