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Halt and Catch Fire 

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Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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...  Joe MacMillan 40 episodes, 2014-2017
...  Gordon Clark / ... 40 episodes, 2014-2017
...  Cameron Howe / ... 40 episodes, 2014-2017
...  Donna Clark / ... 40 episodes, 2014-2017
...  John Bosworth 40 episodes, 2014-2017
...  Malcolm Levitan 19 episodes, 2014-2016
...  Haley Clark 19 episodes, 2014-2016
...  Joanie Clark / ... 19 episodes, 2014-2017
...  Diane Gould 17 episodes, 2016-2017
...  Carl 17 episodes, 2015-2016
...  Yo-Yo Engberk 17 episodes, 2014-2016
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Set in the 1980s, this series dramatizes the personal computing boom through the eyes of a visionary, an engineer and a prodigy whose innovations directly confront the corporate behemoths of the time. Their personal and professional partnership will be challenged by greed and ego while charting the changing culture in Texas' Silicon Prairie. Written by AMC

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Silicon Valley here we come. (Season 3) See more »

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Due to the Time Skip at the end of Season 3, Haley and Joanie Clark each had two different actresses. Alana Cavanaugh and Morgan Hinkleman portrayed Haley and Joanie as children respectively in the first 28 episodes while Susanna Skaggs and Kathryn Newton take up the roles as teenagers in the final 12 episodes of the series. See more »

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Spiritual successor to Mad Men
6 July 2014 | by See all my reviews

What AMC did here is take a guaranteed formula like Mad Men, replaced the advertising firm with a computer one, and "voila". Don't get me wrong, Halt does it's own thing most of the time so its fresh, but there is a clear correlation. Lee Pace is essentially Jon Hamm (Draper) a big thinking salesman with a few more character flaws. The "job conflicting with family" dynamic though is switched onto his assistant, a computer software engineer, Scoot Mcnairy. Our third main star is the lanky Mackenzie Davis, who plays Cameron, a computer whiz kid who is the most ambitious, focused, and cynical of them all.

So far the show is well paced and is able to generate some pretty intense scenes with IBM playing the "evil corporation" that seeks to impede their progress. It remains to be seen how long the show can keep generating interesting new challenges for them being the characters and company they work for are fictitious, yet their rivals and technology are based on fact. I think 2-3 seasons might be the most it can go before getting a little tired, but has my vote as best new show of the year.


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