Mad Men: Season 1
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The ground-breaking new show from AMC that critics are calling "an instant classic" is now available on DVD and Blu-ray. Set in 1960 New York City, MAD MEN explores the glamorous and ego-driven "Golden Age" of advertising, where everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper (Golden Globe - winner Jon Hamm), Madison Avenue's biggest ad man - and ladies man - in the business.
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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- "Mad Men Series Commentary," audio commentaries on all 13 episodes
- "Establishing Mad Men, " featurette exploring the world of Mad Men
- "The Desire of the American Dream," featuring the 1960's creative revolution in media
- "Pictures of Elegance," photo gallery with commentaries from the costume, hair and production designers
- "Scoring Mad Men" featurette
- Mad Men Music Sampler
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This I will honestly say: For my nickel, Mad Men is quite possibly one of the greatest things to come along in many years. I would almost say it just might be the Twin Peaks of its age. Though set (for starters) more than 50 years ago in March, 1960, Mad Men is that fresh, that funky – that much pure fun to watch. I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a good “period drama.”
Season 1 is when we are introduced to the characters. I loved it. I like the seeing the sixties clothes & furnishings, etc. The culture between men & women is also interesting to watch. I think some of these episodes should be shown in history & gender study classes. In one episode, Peggy Olson asks for a raise of $5 a week & Don Draper asks her what does she make now & she said $35. a week. I had to look up the minimum wage for that time period. It was $1.00 per hour in 1960 and many office support persons worked 35 hours a week then. Wow!
What would it be like to be at the top of the advertising world? This series has tapped into a sub-culture or popular culture that people take for granted. The show has single-handedly revived an interest in the "Mad Men" era and boosted the book sales of marketing legends like David Ogilvy, whose books are not to be missed, whether bought or borrowed from libraries.