23 September 2012 7:11 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

For reasons unknown there seems to be a difficult balance between a show that's too slow versus the kind that roars by so fast that the myriad plot points are lost as we try to lay catch up while collecting our jaws off of the floor. In the first camp you have series like Mad Men, Treme and Boardwalk Empire, which all take a great deal of time in character study, something that can make viewers impatient, especially if there are ambivalent feelings about the characters in question. When someone asks a Mad Men fan what the show is about, there's usually silence. What is it about? What even happens? Compared to Breaking Bad or Sons of Anarchy, nothing really happens ... yet so much happens in ways that are difficult to describe. I once heard Mad Men described simply as a postcard from the 1960s, which seems accurate but too simple. »

- Allison Keene

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