With the runaway success of Mad Men, AMC must have thought that Halt and Catch Fire, another more recent “period piece” about three pioneers in the computer race, was the perfect show to fill that gap; but despite catchy music and a quantity of free sex, there is not enough nerd passion to save this show. The network should be applauded, however, for attempting to reach a different demographic. Regardless of how uninteresting the show ultimately is, they have tried to appeal to those who might have an interest in how the modern pc was born.
AMC struck gold with their series Mad Men, which dealt with “ad” men whose actions take place throughout one of the most tumultuous time periods of history and the network is trying to catch lightning in a bottle once more with Halt and Catch Fire, another U.S. pop culture time period revisited. Will the new pretender to the throne be a winner or will it sink quietly in the computerized chaos that the show reflects.