I wish people would stop comparing it to 19th century novels, because, to a first approximation, no-one reads 19th century novels. So that’s a way to tell people that it’s long, difficult and boring and like something you had to sit through at school.
(Yes, I know that you and I both do, but we’re not a representative sample.)
Perhaps the fact that it’s about Issues has made people shy of saying that it’s utterly exciting and entertaining.
Anyway, everyone else has to watch it now so that when I’m in meetings I can use expressions like “juking the stats” and have them understand me. That’s another thing: as well as being exciting, sexy and, at times, blackly hilarious, it’s one of the best shows about work politics that I’ve ever seen.