This week, we were probably inordinately excited to hear that AMC is planning to air all 18 episodes of The Walking Dead in black and white. This is such a cool idea, especially considering that the original comic was done completely in grayscale line-drawings. Indeed, the network has explained that the black and white treatment is meant to “give the series a Universal Monsters feel as well as mimicking the artistic style of the comic.” The news got us to thinking about some other TV shows we’d like to see get the old-timey treatment — whether based on their period or just their visual style. Click through to see our picks (plus a few doctored screenshots) and let us know what we missed in the comments!
Mad Men is roundly praised for its beauty and design sensibility, its true, but how much of that is due to color and how much to the iconic mid-century shapes? Well, who knows. But we think a black and white palate would nicely underscore the deep darkness of the show, especially in recent seasons. Plus, just think of how brightly Roger Sterling’s hair will shine in monochrome.