Netflix…send me more Mad Men!

Oldest son recommended I watch the television series called Mad Men. It airs on AMC which is not a station I get. So I started at the beginning of Season 1 by ordering it on Netflix. Now I am hooked.

The show is extremely well done:  the costuming and sets are beautifully — you might say, painfully — accurate to the period; the writing and acting are excellent.  The characters are three-dimensional and intriguing.

It is one to watch after the kids are in bed however.

It’s set in the early 60s and follows the lives of some people who work at an advertising agency on Madison Avenue. (Thus, Mad men.) They smoke and drink with gleeful abandon, treat women horribly and selfishly, fear the bomb, delight in new technology and respond to the changing times as the sixties begin to unfold.  Advertising’s cynical knowledge of what people want is played off the blindness and confusion of the characters in an interesting way.  But that’s just one of many interesting themes.

Here is a perfect (kid-safe) introduction to the program. I’m sorry there is a short advertisement at the beginning courtesy of Youtube, but oh well…it’s 10 seconds or something. Hang in there.

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Enjoying the second half of life. I have three sons who are the apples of my eye and a wonderful husband of 35 years--those are the important things. Long ago, out of the blue, I became a Christian. It was something I never planned on, but what joy it has been. I do website development and I like to read and garden and paint and I love beauty and truth.
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3 Responses to Netflix…send me more Mad Men!

  1. Ahhh so glad you’ve joined the Mad Men club. I discovered it a couple of years ago (while season two was airing, whenever that was), and we got completely hooked. All last season Bob and Chloe came over to watch on our big tv every Sunday night. I’ve watched every episode many many MANY times. In fact, a few months ago my Austrian friend Elli and I watched every episode together while chatting on the Instant Messanger! Now I’m going through it all over again with Mom.

    It gets better and better on repeated viewing, since there are so many tiny little details and hints everywhere that you might miss the first time around.

    Oh, the costumes, the hair, the music, the sets… Betty has a little metal address book with a slider that I remember from Grandma’s house!

    And I love it that not one single character is really all that likable, yet I care about all of them. Even Pete. Especially Pete, actually. He’s so impossibly TRAPPED.

  2. katiekind says:

    Oh, I would love to watch it with you and your mom. I want to watch it with my mom, too….women who lived that era.

    I do remember some things, but I was a kid, so I had a different perspective.

    I’m glad to hear it holds up to repeated viewings because I have a feeling that’s what I’ll want to do!

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