'THE WALKING DEAD' (AMC) Season 1

<b>The series:</b> Pulling more than double the average ratings for a "Mad Men" episode and hitting 6 million viewers for its season finale, this bleak, gory vision of a <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="15019000178" title="Ghouls and Zombies (supernatural entities)" href="/topic/arts-culture/ghouls-zombies-%28supernatural-entities%29-15019000178.topic">zombie</a>-ridden world has been a ratings rocket for <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="ORCRP00000174" title="AMC (tv network)" href="/topic/economy-business-finance/media-industry/television-industry/amc-%28tv-network%29-ORCRP00000174.topic">AMC</a> &#8212; and critical support has generally followed suit. It seems zombies are the new vampires for Globe voters. But with only six episodes in Season 1 and a cast that's more serviceable than stellar, can this newcomer walk off with a win?<br>
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<b>The critical take:</b> "People ignore genre at their peril. It's a really well-done show with a huge appeal. Will it win? Probably not. But for it to be included, and have the clips shown to people who feel they're above watching a zombie show, will give it more credibility."
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The series: Pulling more than double the average ratings for a "Mad Men" episode and hitting 6 million viewers for its season finale, this bleak, gory vision of a zombie-ridden world has been a ratings rocket for AMC — and critical support has generally followed suit. It seems zombies are the new vampires for Globe voters. But with only six episodes in Season 1 and a cast that's more serviceable than stellar, can this newcomer walk off with a win?

The critical take: "People ignore genre at their peril. It's a really well-done show with a huge appeal. Will it win? Probably not. But for it to be included, and have the clips shown to people who feel they're above watching a zombie show, will give it more credibility."

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