Cramer, Cartoons, and Cats

Jim Cramer’s Mad Money show is a guilty pleasure of mine. Sure, it’s full of hystrionics and hyperbole, but it’s also engaging and genuinely interesting, like a cross between Cops, the movie Network, and a Japanese anime cartoon, all with an investments overlay.

Anyway, I got to thinking about it the other day when I realized that it’s the only non-cartoon, non-Animal Planet show my four-year-old will watch. He literally stops cold in the middle of the room when Cramer comes on. When I mentioned that to someone else this morning they said that the same thing happens to their cat.

obDisclosure: I write a weekly column (Weekend Reading, every Sunday) for the Cramer-created RealMoney/TheStreet.

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Comments

  1. Bostoniangirl says:

    Do you ever watch Cops? How can you stand it? I recoil in horror, briefly before rushing forward to turn off the television, whenever it comes on. I think it’s done more to undermine civil liberties in this country than any other group.

  2. Paul K. says:

    I don’t disagree. Wasn’t saying I was a fan of Cops, just that Cramer’s cinema verite, fast-moving camera style of things reminded me (albeit technically) of Cops. Same hyper-fluidic stuff.

  3. Joe says:

    I saw this show for the first time last week. I watched about five minutes and it was too much. I was tempted to watch more in the perverse hope the hosts head would explode or something, but that was far too unlikely.

  4. JoeC says:

    Mad Money is The Tonight Show for Wall Street traders. Hilarious to be sure. Some interesting nuggets to learn from time to time. Very enjoyable.

  5. bjr3`` says:

    I usually like Cramer, but I stopped watching. Too much shouting about Argentinian concrete producers. I’ve got to think the ratings start to slide without somebody for cramer to interact with.

  6. Paul K. says:

    Good point … and my understanding is that Cramer is going to soon have someone else to interact with on the show.

  7. bill says:

    Cramer is the Captain Kangaroo of our times.
    He should do a Q&A segment for kids (and adults) on market topics, and announce listeners’ b-days. “Becky e-mailed her photo in. She’s 6 years old today”.
    Capitalists aren’t born, ya know!