Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Do you watch the show Mad Men? If not, you should. Jeff and I are completely hooked! We have watched the first 2 seasons and are starting in on season 3. In real life, season 5 starts airing on AMC this summer.
The show is an AMC original and according to their website: The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper, the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values.
Ahhh, it's so great! It hasn't been since NYPD Blue was on that Jeff and I have really enjoyed the same show. He has his shows that I either don't mind or I find something else to do. And my shows, well, I just have to watch those when he isn't home. But Mad Men is something we both love.
For him, there is a front row seat to office politics and to watching the power struggles that take place within the office.
For me, there is the fun of seeing all of the glamorous costumes and knowing that my grandparents lived in an era when men wore hats and suits to work and women wore gloves and dresses to the grocery store.
For both of us, there is the marriage of Don and Betty Draper and watching the 1960s roles of the housewife and the business man and seeing the suburban household where their worlds come together.
The fact that the show's setting is in the 1960s makes it all the more interesting. For one thing, the characters smoke constantly. Literally everyone on the show walks into a room and lights up a cigarette. Another funny things is that all of the business men have wet bars in their offices. And, they drink almost as much as they smoke. The men call their secretaries "Sweetheart," and expect them to only be employed only until she gets married.
I'm telling you, it's a great show!