6 new historical TV dramas (and how to tell them apart)


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Halt & Catch Fire (2014) / AMC
Setting: Texas “Silicon Prairie” outside Dallas, early 1980s.
Think: The Social Network meets Wall Street.
Plot: The personal computing boom told through the eyes of one visionary and one engineer prodigy.
Historical titan: A fictionalized version of IBM crushes start-up companies.
Retro-fashion: 80s business wear, but subtle — “no leg warmers,” says AMC.
Accuracy: Like Mad Men, it’s a fictional story with true-to-life period details.
Problems of the Era: Uh, which stock to invest in? It’s the ’80s. They only thought they had problems.


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