The critical favorite has lost a lot of social ground to the likes of Westoros, Heisenberg and the zombies. Does it matter? Read more>
Not a bad read if you’re into social media trends stuff. But I have to say, I will take Mad Men's superior storytelling and let Game of Thrones have the social buzz and count myself a winner on that bargain.
Still waiting anxiously for the day that GoT is old too. Hahahahha. IDEGAFA.
I think a lot of people talk about Mad Men on social media. Almost everyone I follow watches it and talks about it. The issue that it is not translating into ratings like a Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones, that have grown and expanded their audience versus Mad Men that has had its lowest ratings in years.
I somewhat want to blame Matthew Weiner for this issue. He had AMC sign-off on almost all of his demands for secrecy which makes it very hard for the show’s big cast to promote the show in various media and also create a lot of jealousy, frustrations, and backlash across social media and the industry- that has turned its cold shoulder on Mad Men since Season 5, after Weiner got that new deal with AMC that included those demands met.
Shame. The first two episodes are some of the best stuff since Season 4 (and I really liked Seasons 5 and 6 so this is a huge fucking compliment).
A lot of people do talk about MM on social media, I think they’re just saying that not as many people do as who talk about those other shows. Of course a part of that will be an effect of the lower ratings.
Yes I think you’re on to something with Weiner who lost a lot of love with those negotiations.
I also think that for a lot of people, Mad Men was fun to talk about not because of its depth and what you could learn from it, but the aesthetic and the 50s vibe. When the show became more 60’s (I know that it was almost always set in the 60’s but starting with S4 it started to actually FEEL like the 60’s as we know it now), it became part of the modern era, and that felt much more like “us”, and not “long ago and far away”. I think that made it lose some appeal for people. The grey flannel suit in the show was no longer cool, it was being replaced in its in-universe cooldom by brown leather fringe jackets, and that’s not as “exotic” to contemporary America as Don Draper. The Eisenhower era and its king, Don Draper, was appealing to people on a superficial level and when it went out of fashion on the show, I think people lost some enthusiasm. IDK, it’s a possibility anyway. Usually when you’re talking about buzz in large numbers, it’s just not going to be the facets of the show that make it critically acclaimed and deep. It’s going to be all the superficial stuff like Betty’s dresses and Joan’s hair and Don’s suits and Roger’s sexist jokes (or Game of Thrones' shock value titty scenes and zomg badass dragons etc etc).
I have to say, while I totally understand why people are cool towards season 6, which I think is the season that least lived up to its potential, I utterly LOVED season five and I’m still perplexed why it’s considered a lesser season. I loved it far better than season four, I will watch “Lady Lazarus” and “Signal 30” and “Far Off Places” more often than I’ll watch “The Suitcase” TBQH. (Admittedly I don’t quite understand why “The Suitcase” is supposed to be the ultimate episode of this show.)