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Mad Men: Final Season

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^ Interesting but I really like how it spanned decades and showed us how these characters changed thoughout the years. Sure, there were a bunch of clunkers (fat Betty????) but I think they did an overall good job.

I agree that overall there was certainly a lot of value to how the show spanned decades, how the characters changed or didnt, and its aesthetic attention to the details of the time period(s), which was probably unparalleled in television history, but I still feel that in a way the show would have packed a much bigger punch as a one season anthology with Dons reveal as the close. But, that would have been an entirely different animal, and that was clearly never the goal of the show.

Just food for thought.
 

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I think the anthology format works best with mystery, sci-fi, and supernatural genres. Just my humble opinion.

I can't really think of a straight drama series that has adopted the format as it is a relatively new thing for TV after all...


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"The Slap" on ABC maybe could be considered
 
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No argument here, but I wonder if we will begin to see that format for dramas, or at least someone giving it the old college try. It allows for a much more impactful ending and a much more condensed and tight story line. Obviously it does not negate the need/value for the classic format of a show that spans a number of seasons, but it would be neat to see I think.
 

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I think the anthology format works best with mystery, sci-fi, and supernatural genres. Just my humble opinion.

I can't really think of a straight drama series that has adopted the format as it is a relatively new thing for TV after all...


EDIT:

"The Slap" on ABC maybe could be considered

Or maybe "Roots" which was only one of the greatest television series of all time.
 

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The Slap was awful.

Roots changed everything.

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Really bummed that I had not found this thread while the show was still going on. I can't seem to find many people around me that watched this show. Mad Men is my favorite show thus far and I have seen it multiple times, and still rewatch certain episodes. I personally thought the finale was done very well.

Can anyone recommend me shows that may have similar qualities e.g., well-paced and complex character development, subtlety in plot and storyline, understated dialogue. Other series I enjoy are The Wire, Sopranos, Arrested Development (Not the fourth season), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Archer, BoJack Horseman.
 

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I suggest:


- The Shield

- Breaking Bad

- The Office UK version

Honourable mentions // guilty pleasures (stick to the first two seasons maybe):


- 24

- Lost

- Dexter
 
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Really bummed that I had not found this thread while the show was still going on. I can't seem to find many people around me that watched this show. Mad Men is my favorite show thus far and I have seen it multiple times, and still rewatch certain episodes. I personally thought the finale was done very well.

Can anyone recommend me shows that may have similar qualities e.g., well-paced and complex character development, subtlety in plot and storyline, understated dialogue. Other series I enjoy are The Wire, Sopranos, Arrested Development (Not the fourth season), Curb Your Enthusiasm, Archer, BoJack Horseman. 

Deadwood.

Just don't expect understated dialogue--that's not the intent here. But the dialogue is excellent.
 

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Wallander (the British version though I haven't seen the Swedish version yet)
 

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^ Not the American version I hope ;)
 

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Of course not!
 

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