If “Mad Men” had never happened, TV would look very different today

April 5, 2015 9:00 AM

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Few television shows have had as big a cultural impact as the American cable show Mad Men. It changed fashion, made stars out of its previously unknown cast members, and paved the way for a golden age in television.

The story of how the hit drama made it onto TV has been told many times before (one fresh example: an oral history in the Hollywood Reporter this week). Less discussed is how the show, which begins the second half of its valedictory season in the US tonight, altered the history of at least two big m...

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