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'Halt and Catch Fire' dives into '80s tech war with AMC flair
'Halt and Catch Fire' dives into '80s tech war with AMC flair

The adventures of three visionaries at a mid-level Texas computer company as they attempt to get a piece of the personal computer action during the 1980s does not sound like the stuff of great television. But then neither did the story of a Madison Avenue ad man making his name shilling for Big Tobacco in the early 1960s. And though the pilot of "Halt and Catch Fire," AMC's latest character-driven drama premiering Sunday, doesn't hit the gloriously high bar set by the opening episode of "Mad Men," it is provocative and promising nonetheless. With a title that refers to a computer term and an opening that speaks for itself — the lead character coolly...

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