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Guilty Pleasure: Mad Men (the tv show, not angry men in general)

I'm not much of a tv-watcher.  I like having cable so I can listen to the music choice stations and keep up with new artists. 

But, friends, I have found something new.  And I like it.

Not since 24(and drat that writer's strike -- we didn't get a season this year.  I'm still bitter.) have I been so intrigued by a television program.


Mad Men, the original AMC drama, is rocking my world.  First, because the main setting is a mid-sized Madison Avenue advertising firm, and the main character is the head of the Creative department (copy writers and designers).  I have been the entire internal marketing and advertising creative department for a small company for a long time, so how the producers convey the creative process is just plain interesting to me.


But second.  It takes place in 1960.  Oh, the music.  And the cars.  And the parties.  The atmosphere.  The set design is perfect.  From the desks to the clocks to the vintage accessories (children's books!  cigarette dispensers!  lamps! that sunburst clock on the wall in the above photo... )


And the recklessness.   They don't sugarcoat it. 

Imagine being angry at your child with the dry cleaning bag on her head, only because she probably ripped the bag off of one of your newly cleaned gowns.  Or drinking and smoking whilst pregnant.  No seat-belts.... children hopping over the front seat or hiding on the floor.   Resting your head on your honey's shoulders on the long drive home after a night with friends.

But what wins me over every time???  The CLOTHES.  Oh my.  Just look at Betty Draper.  This is what she wears to run over and watch the neighbor kid.  (She's just finished making dinner for the family.)


And here she is, all gussied up next to her handsome and mysterious hubs, Don.


And Joan.  The Gal in charge of all of the office Girls.


She is somethin'.  Let me tell you.

We heard good things about this show, winning all these awards and such after its first year.  We started watching the first season's episodes on demand since they were available and we were intrigued and, well, we were hooked.  All 23 epi's were there for us just by hitting 'select'.  A show that can get away with things (oh, the drinking and smoking and womanizing) that you can't on regular network tv.  And hubs and I BOTH like it.  Brilliant!


And then the Olympics began and HD On-Demand decided to replay volleyball and fencing and heavens knows what else in lieu of our beloved Mad Men season one epi's.   I tell you what, that made me cranky.  So much so, that hubs actually suggested I call around today to see if we can get the DVDs.  I must have been in a state. 


The good news is that dear Justin at Blockbuster was kind enough to verify that they do, in fact, have the discs we need to finish out Season One and get all caught up with the rest of the universe.  (Are you staring at the chairs or the cool desk lamp in that office?  I knew it.)  Crisis averted! 

Seriously, have you watched it yet?  I don't know that I like any of the characters, really.  They are all kind of grimy in their own way, but the show itself is immensely likable.  I do like the Menken's Dept Store owner character.  She is smart and successful and kind of tragic. And Betty, who was dressed in her flowy nightgown, shot at the neighbor's pigeons after he threatened to kill the dog, and she grew instantly more likable, in my opinion.  ;)

{ ALL photos borrowed from AMC's photo gallery. }



OH I can see I have another show to add to the DVR. This looks amazing!


I like this show too. I love the clothing. One day I was thinking about how much women have changed, but them I realized it is the men who have changed the most. I gave my husband a extra hug that night.


I've never heard of that show before. It looks like it's worth checking into. Thanks.

Kay Snyder

I'll have to check it out.

That headboard is awesome!


My friend has been wanting me to start watching this. I'll have to look into the DVD's.


we don't get amc on our basic of the basics cable plan, but my dear friend, suz, who was a flight attendant in the early 60's, says it is soooo very accurate. and she is so very happy that she didn't stay married to the pig-headed womanizer which is called to mind when she watches. slice of life or flashback friday?


I haven't seen this, but the photos look very noir-ish. I'm still bitter about 24 and can't wait for it and Heroes to come again!


Look, you've unlurked me again! We actually bought the first season when it came out because it comes in a giant zippo box and when you bought it at Target you got a $5 gift card. Also, we are total addicts. What do you think of the new season so far?


i was just getting ready to dish with you and DAMN IT, you haven't watched all the episodes yet. no! no! no! there's something i want to gossip about and you're preventing me from doing that. waaaahhhhh!!!

and yeah. my stepmom got me hooked on the show. she was all "have you seen mad men yet? omg, you have to watch it." so i finally found it on rerun, it was like the 5th episode AND THEN THEY STOPPED SHOWING IT. Argh! And then, months later, AMC put it on demand so I could watch them all for free and I was all weeeeeee!!!

So, yeah. when you're done, let me know. we'll talk.


Yep...the dry cleaning bag scene is a classic. I like the show because it's just plain good...just wait till you finish watching season 1.

amy h

I've wanted to watch this for a while, but I didn't want to get hooked on another show. It seems too good to pass up though.


Mark and I watch it, too! I worked in a really small (9 people) advertising agency before I had Jason -- it makes me miss all the crazy stuff (the artsy drama of it all)



Please don't mind the caps. I'm just in love with 24!

beth Billups

i just found your blog and am about to check it out but had to comment because the man i live with (aka: my husband) just rented the entire 1st season....i heard it's good but do we have to watch it all in two nights??


I have not seen this, I will have to take a look! I love the retro clothes too.


I am going to have to watch that show! I saw an article about it but I don't think we get AMC. Now I can watch the DVD's...I'm so excited! I guess I just wanted to watch it for the glamour but at least I hear it's actually a good show...thanks for the post!

Crystal have talked me into it. I am ordering Mad Men off netflix. Those dresses are to die for. If no one would think me odd, I would dress like that everyday.


fatty and i are watching season one on dvd, too! oh how i LOVE this show. LOVE.

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