Vinyl, Horace and Pete, and What Makes a Compelling Story

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On this week’s The Vulture TV Podcast, we discuss the two branches of shows The Sopranos gave rise to: the Mad Mens and the Boardwalk Empires. Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter’s ’70s-music-industry-set drama, Vinyl, is more on the latter branch, but it has some twigs scratching the Mad Men side. We examine how it compares to the Matthew Weiner show — does it have the narrative to back up its gorgeous aesthetic qualities? Plus, we talk Louis C.K.'s new theater-web-series-drama, Horace and Pete. It’s an admirable experiment, but is there enough story there?

Further reading: Matt's reviews of Vinyl and Horace and Pete; Vulture's Vinyl recaps.

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