Mad Men is an American serial drama series created by Mathew Weiner. In this series, the fictional time runs from March 1950 to November 1960. It aired 2007-2015 with 9 seasons and 92 episodes. While the first season wasn’t very popular, it was a hit among critics in 2008. It was the first cable series to receive the Emmy award for Outstanding Drama Series. Here are a few alternatives if you’re a fan of this show.
Six Feet Under
Six Feet Under is a drama series that aired on HBO between 2001-2005, consisting of five seasons and 63 episodes. The plot revolves around the lives of the Fisher family clan (Nate Fisher, David Fisher & Ruth Fisher) that run and own a funeral home (Fisher and Sons). It also includes their friends. The show received widespread praise for its consistency and acting. The show is a conventional family drama, dealing with interpersonal relationships, infidelity, and religion.
The series received several awards, namely, nine Emmy Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, and a Peabody Award. A recurring theme consists of a character having an imaginary conversation with the dead; for example, Nate, David, and Federico sometimes “converse” with the deceased at the beginning of the episode, while the corpse is undergoing embalmment, or during funeral planning or at the funeral itself. The show also features characters in conversation with deceased characters.
Better Call Saul
The show is a crime drama series by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. Its a prequel to Breaking Bad. The plot revolves around a small-time conman turned lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) six years before the Breaking Bad events and showing his transformation into the persona of crime for hire for Saul Goodman. The setting is in Albuquerque, New Mexico, where these events take place. It is described as the best prequel of all time.
Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould started planning the Call Saul series in 2009 while still filming Breaking Bad. It was followed by Gilligan hinting on the spin-off to Breaking Bad in 2012. Confirmation was made in 2013 on its development with the involvement of AMC and Sony Pictures. The show had a trailer released in August 2014 with a premier date of February 2015. The series consists of 5 seasons and 50 episodes.
Breaking Bad is a drama series based on a depressed high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Brayan Cranston), who is diagnosed with cancer and sets up a methamphetamine lab together with a former student Jesse Pinkmann (Aaron Paul). The show aired on AMC between January 2008-2013, having reached 5 seasons and 67 episodes. It was created by Vince Gilligan, who also wrote The X-files series on Fox several years earlier. The show has many positive reviews from critics.
The show is described as the greatest show of all time and it received an ever-growing audience from the premier to the grand finale episode (1.41million-10.28 million viewers). The series was ranked among the top ten series between 2008-2013 by the American Film Institute. Awards to the show included 16 Primetime Emmy Awards and 58 nominations. The show has been, however, criticized by sections of law enforcement and others as being viewed as glorifying methamphetamine use.