Not Everyone Mad About ‘Mad Men’

From the Sunday Boston Globe Ideas section:

Everybody loves “Mad Men” — except, apparently, Daniel Mendelsohn, a distinguished translator and critic who writes for The New York Review of Books. In a smart and scathing review of the show, Mendelsohn says the unsayable — that “Mad Men” is “a soap-opera decked out in high-end clothes.” And then he asks: If the show is so silly, then why do people love it so much?

A better question: Does everyone love “Mad Men” so much?

The reality is, more viewers watch SpongeBob SquarePants on Saturday morning at 9:30 than watch the average episode of “Mad Men.”

(Trust me – or check the New York Times Monday cable ratings index.)

Truth is, the cultural footprint of “Mad Men” has always exceeded the show’s viewership.

Not to get technical about it.

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3 Responses to Not Everyone Mad About ‘Mad Men’

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  2. judybrowni says:

    Comparing Mad Men to Sponge Bob Squarepants?


    I’m sure there are more millions more eaters of Fruity Pebbles on Saturday morning, but I’d rather indulge in a chocolate eclair on Sunday night.

    “When I was a child I spoke as a child I understood as a child I thought as a child; but when I became a man I put away childish things.” I Cor. xiii. 11.

    Makes me mad that AMC and Lionsgate are still futzing around with negotiations which might push the next season back to 2012.


  3. Laurence Glavin says:

    I’m not familiar with the NY Times’s cable ratings; I get mine from

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