Thursday, September 20, 2007
MAD MEN! Have you seen that show? I LOVE it! It's written by the same guy who wrote "The Sopranos", which I never did see one episode of, but heard it had a large following. It airs Thursday nights, EDT at 10p.m. on the AMC channel (Channel 45 for us locals) and there is an encore presentation at 11p.m.
It's about the men who work at a Madison Avenue advertising agency and their jobs and personal lives- affairs, friendships and families. The lead guy, yes I'll say it, sexy-Don Draper is my favorite along with his wife. Great show!
I am all for equal rights for women but also love being treated like a lady and I cringe at how women were treated back then. We've come a l-o-o-o-n-g way baby!
The mores of the time were different and the double standard favoring men was very much in tact. Not that these things didn't happen, of course they did but were taboo for the good girls or were supposed to be.
They do a great job with the sets, going out of their way to keep everything looking authentic 1960 and before.
The women evidently wore very pointy bras back then! Doctors smoked in their patients faces and it seems everyone smoked. Liquid business lunches were commonplace and accepted. Can you imagine going back to work just a bit sloshed?? The women smoke and drank while pregnant! If someone drove drunk, no one seemed to think twice about it and no one used seat belts and certainly not child restraints. It brings up issues and concerns that I had long forgotten about or I just take the knowledge for granted now.
The agency is busily promoting Nixon for president, while helping to secure the cigarette companies hold on the market regardless of the newly released information that smoking causes cancer, among other advertising campaigns.
Being an entrepreneur at heart, I am personally intrigued by their thinking processes for advertising their products.
My cringe-o-meter alarm goes off several times in an episode because of all their erroneous perceptions and subsequent actions.
In one episode, the Draper children were playing with a plastic dry cleaning bag. The little girl was in the plastic bag and their mother's only concern was that her clothes had better not be wrinkled. She lets her little daughter go running off with the bag over her. (Everything in me wanted to lunge through the set to rip that plastic bag off of her!)
Then aside from all of that there is another plot evolving about Don's past. A past so painful and secretive that he changed his identity and no one-not even his wife knows this. But that will probably unravel in some way because his half brother has surfaced.
In this girl's opinion, Mad Men is both entertaining and thought provoking! I'm glad that I am who I am in this era but it is fascinating to take a peek backward into this familiar yet seemingly oh so distant time.