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.