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Mad Men Jumping the Shark?

by James Joyner on 9 September 2009

MadMen-donfamThree weeks ago, I wrote “Mad About Mad Men,” explaining why the AMC series was the hottest show on television.  So far though, both my wife and I have thought season three has pretty much sucked.

The new English overlords at Sterling-Cooper?   Boring.

Don Draper as Ward Cleaver?  Boring.

Betty’s dad?  Boring.

Roger and the new wife? Boring.

Nothing seeming to much happen in every episode?  Boring.

Joan reduced to a bit character?  And a victim at that?  Just sad.

There’s no passion, no tension, no drama.

Has the show really gotten that bad that fast?  Or is it a function of watching them episodically now rather than in catch-up bunches as I watched most of the first two seasons?

About James Joyner

James Joyner is the publisher of Outside the Beltway and the managing editor of a DC think tank. He's a former Army officer, Desert Storm vet, and college professor. He has a PhD in political science from The University of Alabama.

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Manly Thoughts
12 September 2009 at 09:12

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1 Boyd 9 September 2009 at 13:40

I have to say that I was very disappointed when I followed your recommendation to watch this show, not having seen any of them before. I watched the season’s first episode and part of the second before deleting them from my dvr and recording schedule. I sleep well enough without taking a Mad Men sleeping pill.

Glad to read that you think it sucks, too. I was beginning to doubt your judgment.

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