August 26, 2008
Mad about Mad Men
TB and I caught an episode of Mad Men while traveling in Maine last summer. Because it hadn't aired in Canada, we ended up downloading the first season and now we're downloading the second, which is now airing in the US. It's currently one of my favourite shows. CTV is planning on running it in Canada later this year, although they haven't specified exactly when yet.
It's about a group of cads, scoundrels, and sinners and their wives, but mostly mistresses. Yes, of course they're in advertising. It takes place at the dawn of the 60s, when a deal was sealed with a scotch and a cigarette in the conference room. It recreates the era beautifully and taps directly into its zeitgeist.
If you find it hard to identify with these types of characters, it may not be the show for you. Few of them have many redeeming qualities. But the writing and luxurious vintage feel are irresistible to me.