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Mad Men Season 4 is an engaging time capsule from the 1960's
on October 11, 2016
Mad Men's 4th season continues to deliver the goods in Matt Weiner's capable hands. The breakaway ad firm Sterling, Cooper, Draper, and Pryce is up and running though a bit tenuously. Jon Hamm is superb as gifted creative director Don Draper the show's pivotal character. Having grown up in this era and living in Fairfield County, CT some of my father's friends could have been the template for Don. They were successful, some even worked in advertising, commuted to NYC everyday, had affairs with secretaries, got divorced, 3-martini lunches, the whole bit. I feel like I know Don personally. The attention to detail in wardrobe, music, and set dressing is incredible and the each episode is like opening a time capsule to the 60's. This season sees Don bottoming out, frequently drunk, burning through women unable to sustain a relationship,and ultimately having his work suffer. Other supporting characters continue to develop; Joan and her husband (off to Vietnam) struggle, Roger's still not happy and remains a spoiled child, Pete is maturing and now a partner in the firm, and Peggy keeps gaining confidence but feels the need to court Don's approval. I'll admit on the face of it Mad Men shouldn't be that captivating but it truly is engrossing. Looking forward to Season 5!