I warned you that Revolutionary Road comparisons would come fast & furious.
- This one quotes Weiner.
- This one acknowledges that Mad Men owes a debt to the novel, but doesn’t care for the film.
- The Boston Herald says Mad Men makes the movie look worse.
- Whereas the San Francisco Chronicle loves the film and is irritated by the comparisons to Mad Men.
- The Rocky Mountain News lands between these extremes.
There are more, of course, but you get the idea.
Starpulse lists ten great basic cable shows, with Mad Men at #1. This after pointing out that they are only even discussing basic cable because Mad Men changed it all. Are you listening, Lionsgate?
The AP predicts a continued interest in Mad Men-inspired style.
Many news sources list the boom of basic cable, with Mad Men as the primary example, as one of the most important media stories of 2008.
The National Post calls Mad Men the “Phenomena of 2008.” (I think they mean “phenomenon.”)
The “best of 2008” news abounds:
- Hit Fix has Mad Men at #3 on TV, which is better than it looks: The presidential election is #1.
- David Kronke also has the election at #1, and Mad Men at #2.
- TV.com lists Mad Men among the best ensemble casts of ’08.
- Season 1 gets a nod for one of the best 2008 DVD releases.
- Tim Goodman’s top 25 of 2008: Mad Men is #1.
- The San Diego Union-Tribune’s Karla Peterson does a more modest top 10, with Mad Men at #4.
- Freep calls Mad Men the year’s “most compelling flashback.”
- The Boston Globe‘s year-end round-up calls Mad Men “exquisite.”
- The Reading Eagle calls Mad Men the “year’s best program:”
Genuine works of art work metaphorically, and even “Mad Men’s” title proves an astute description for the America of 2008. The ambitious men and women of Sterling Cooper (the best acting ensemble since “The Sopranos”), the Madison Avenue ad agency that serves as the setting for the series, have no idea what horrors lie ahead. Few, if any, of us do while we live in the present.
- Zap2It’s Korbi TV lists the best small moments of 2008, including Betty Draper “banging a hot stranger in the back room of some New York City bar.”
- EW lists Meditations in an Emergency as one of the year’s best individual television episodes.
- …Whereas the Onion’s AV Club thinks one of the year’s best episodes was Maidenform (h/t to Basketcase simone).
- iF Magazine‘s list has Mad Men at #9.
- …Which is where She Knows places it, and also says the “entire season was flawless.”
- The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette has Mad Men at #1 of the year. As it should be.
- The Times Herald-Record, which is the paper that Don Draper reads (probably incorrectly, but there you are), places Mad Men at #4.
- Chuck Barney of the San Jose Mercury-News places it second.
- Another #1 from the Washington Times.