Sunday, July 25, 2010

Sundays Just Got a Little Cooler

I'd say about 90% of the TV I watch is the "Forensic Files"/"Deadly Women"/"Cold Case Files" type. The other ten percent is nerdy sitcoms ("Big Bang Theory" and "The IT Crowd") and one of the coolest shows on TV right now - "Mad Men".

Season 4 starts tonight at 10 PM Eastern (8:00 PM for those of us in Mountain Time). Here are the Top 5 reasons you should watch it . . .

5. Juicy story lines - I was never a big soap opera fan and shows like "Desperate Housewives" aren't really my thing, but I love how the "Mad Men" writers combine historical events with the sordid every day lives of the characters. The show is smart and intriguing, which is a huge draw for me. I feel like I'm watching something salacious and learning at the same time!

4. The cast is amazing. Everyone, down to the most minor of characters, acts the crap out of their roles. Even little Kiernan Shipka (Sally Draper) is awesome as the lead character's troubled young daughter. They feel like real people and stay true to the show's time period.

3. The style - including the clothing, set dressings, and the amazing music. The show's creators are completely devoted to recreating the early 60s down to the period correct underwear the cast is required to wear under their costumes. This attention to detail goes a long way to ensure a feeling of verisimilitude.

2. The attention to "hot-button" issues - the "Mad Men" writers don't shy away from showing that the "good old days" weren't always so good. Controversial issues, including race, sexual orientation, and gender, are dealt with on an almost constant basis within the construct of the show's storylines.

1. Jon Hamm - I know I already mentioned the cast, but Hamm is in a class by himself. He makes the show, both with his striking looks and his serious charisma. The fact that his likeability remains intact even with his constant marital dalliances is a testament to Hamm's talent and appeal.

If you haven't seen "Mad Men", you should. Of course, if you're like me, you probably don't like to start watching a show without seeing it from the beginning. GawkerTV is here to help:

Still not sure it's geeky enough for you? Check this out:

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