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ICON­FESS, I don’t watch Mad Men. I say this with re­luc­tance be­cause ev­ery time I ad­mit it — to friends, rel­a­tives, co­work­ers, strangers — I’m an­swered with the same sput­ter­ing com­bi­na­tion of dis­be­lief, dis­may and dis­dain. What? You don’t watch Mad Men? Don’t you un­der­stand how good it is? Yes, I do. And as we en­ter year-end list-mak­ing sea­son, I look for­ward to be­ing re­minded about it again and again ( and again). I can’t re­mem­ber a show that was so uni­ver­sally cel­e­brated since, well, the last show that was uni­ver­sally cel­e­brated, namely The Wire . And that’s the prob­lem. I’m suf­fer­ing from qual­ity show fa­tigue.

It’s not Mad Men’s fault. I recog­nise that it earned a So­pra­nos - es­que 16 Emmy nom­i­na­tions this year. I ac­cept that every­one around me, like brain-hun­gry zom­bies, now seems to have only three ob­jec­tives in life: ( 1) eat; ( 2) watch Mad Men; ( 3) per­suade me to watch Mad Men. I’m also aware that, while it feels as if about two mil­lion peo­ple have tried to con­vert me to this show, there are, iron­i­cally, only about two mil­lion US view­ers watch­ing the show each week, or roughly 11 mil­lion fewer peo­ple than watch House , a show no one has tried to force me to em­brace. [ Aus­tralian fig­ures for Mad Men

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