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Welcome to a world where Monday has a three drink minimum. Mad Men exists here and it's a fabulous place to visit, back before Betty Friedan's Feminine Mystique really made much of an impact and before the Surgeon General put warning labels on cigarettes. It was an America on the brink of social explosion and Mad Men, which tells the story of a group of Madison Avenue advertising executives in the early 1960s, captures that surface stillness perfectly, complete with the growing tension barely contained below the surface.
The show succeeds on every level. HBO famously passed on Mad Men, created by former Sopranos executive producer and writer Matthew Weiner. AMC picked it up, and thank goodness they did. From the first episode, Season One becomes an essential, utterly addictive television- watching experience. Beautifully filmed and masterfully written, the show manages to present the period honestly but with little nostalgia, and as soon as you get over the constant smoking, drinking and treatment of women as little more than "girls" who get coffee and answer the phone, the complexity of these characters (especially the dashing Jon Hamm as Creative Director Don Draper) will leave you completely captivated. Season One features clandestine office romances, shadowy pasts, a ton of adultery, closeted homosexuality and a lot more drama that seems risqué even for 2008. But again, one of the most impressive things about Mad Men is that everything is executed with absolute class, style and elegance. And bonus for the DVD viewer: Like The Sopranos, Mad Men has a ton of little moments and hints leading up to character revelations and plot twists that make watching the episodes over and over continually rewarding. –-Kira Canny
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Hard to watch. It seems depressing with all the drinking and smoking. Were all people in the 60's promiscuous?Published 2 days ago by Pat McCann
My review isn't of Mad Men, which is inarguably one of the best television programs ever, but oI the picture quality of Amazon streaming. Read morePublished 5 days ago by M. Smith
Very enjoyable for those of us who were there. Much younger people probably wouldn't appreciate all the subtleness.Published 12 days ago by richard
Episode 1 was so dull I didn't ever get to episode 2. Preferred to spend limited time watching House of Cards.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
Boring stereotypes, shallow stories, mostly a waste of precious time. Stick to afternoon soap operas if that's the sort of thing you find entertaining.Published 13 days ago by BAPoladsky
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|1960 New York, 1960 America?||
They sampled "Sex and the Single Girl" for this show.
Goodbye, Columbus by Philip Roth
Something Happened by Joseph Heller
and Breakfast at Tiffany's
Sep 18, 2008 by porkchop | See all 5 posts
|Should I buy this for Vincent Kartheiser?||
Thanks! I was wondering about this! Loved VK's turn as Connor in Angel and interested in seeing how he's progressed as an actor (add: he's hella cute.)
Oct 30, 2009 by Rabbit_With_Fangs | See all 6 posts
|Spanish or any other subtitle ????||
English And Spanish Subs.
Feb 4, 2009 by tal | See all 5 posts
I assume that the Blu was $16.99 as a limited time Black Friday deal - however, it is STILL cheaper to buy the Blu than the DVD. Hm...
Dec 8, 2008 by jml | See all 6 posts
|Mad Men Season One...what case is this?||
I asked Amazon the same question and they replied that it's indeed the "lighter" case.
Jun 29, 2008 by Y. Veras | See all 6 posts
|A soap opera set in an ad agency||Be the first to reply|