Well, those days are back due to the exciting CBS drama "Jericho", which would be another faceless family drama except for the fact that at least 2 major US cities get nuked in the pilot. Jericho is a town in Kansas, from where people see a gigantic mushroom cloud over Denver and gradually learn that everything is fakakta except in their idyllic slice of Americana. Actually, we don't know how fakakta the world is yet, I suppose we'll be learning over the next several months.
Gerald McRaney (who has at least 3 hit TV shows under his belt, 4 if you count "Deadwood") is the bearded mayor. It's creepy and definitely triggers my childhood memories of being scared of getting nuked, as if I could do anything about it and as if I'd even know (when I was living outside of DC). I had had a sort of Mad Max scenario of driving around in my family's old Ford Fairmont (the rest of my family dying somehow), trying to figure out what was going on, and survive (and, of course, repopulating humanity, if you know what I mean, with desirable girls). I'm not sure if that's where this show is going but I'd be totally cool with it if it did.