Mad Men ---what's all the fuss about?

by on Tuesday, November 4 2008, 5:47pm. Viewed 839 times.

Lately it seems like every day we at Central Library (Popular Materials Center) get asked the same question.    Do you have the tv series Mad Men on DVD?  At first I thought they had it confused with Two and a Half Men or even Mad Max.  But  no.  It is Mad Men, it's a new series.  And it is very popular.   

Ok.  Now I know what all the fuss is about.  The  show is not only award winning but it is also wonderful.  Bright, colorful, and full of intrigue, mystery, humor, and well just about anything you might ask for. There is just a sprinkling of very tasteful sex and a teensy bit of profanity.   All the action centers around an advertising agency, the men and women who work there and their varied relationships.   The setting is almost a character in itself.  It is the early 60’s I’d say around 1962.  The scandalous neighborhood divorcee is campaigning for John F. Kennedy for President.  The men wear hats and the women sport perfect flips, belted form fitting sheaths, and swirly full skirted shirtwaist dresses in vibrant colors.   The women even wear the ever present little white gloves for every occasion.  There is a sweet innocence in that there are no cell phones or computers, and everyone smokes and they smoke everywhere.  Pregnant women smoke and drink—all so politically incorrect that it almost makes you want to cringe and avert your eyes.  None of the women are Twiggy thin.  Why??????   Because Twiggy and the Swinging Mary Quant London scene hadn't surfaced yet.  For one hour on Sunday night it is the 1960's.  Actually I'm not sure when it's on but it's on AMC.  Oh just get the DVD at evpl.

I’m on disk 2 of 4 of the 1st season and already I can’t get enough.     Remember "must see TV"?  

Share your "must see DVDs".

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on Tuesday, November 4 2008, 11:52am

The newest season has slowed down a bit, but it is still rich with history and drama.  It makes me think of the old newspaper microfilm at Central, because of all the amazingly insensitive advertisements that can be found there in.  It really is stunning how much the world has changed.

Bufkinite@evpl wrote
on Wednesday, November 5 2008, 9:27am

Sounds like something I'd enjoy.  I'll be checking this one out.