I started watching Season 1 a few days ago, and I’m now realizing there was a reason it got so many great reviews and won so many awards. It’s authentic, compelling, shocking and addictive. There are certain things about the show that I often wonder, “Could that really be how it was back then?” The show takes place in the late ’50s and early ’60s and tells the story of a Madison Avenue Advertising Agency, Sterling Cooper, and many of it workers’ lives. The characters are constantly smoking (really, never without a cigarette) and I’m almost positive every single one of the men have cheated on their wives with at least one other woman (and I’m only through Season 1).
Don Draper is the main character, played by Jon Hamm, and it’s strange how, no matter how many bad things he does or how horrible a person you know he is, you still kind of like him. It might have something to do with his charm or his ridiculous good-looks (Jon Hamm recently guest-starred in an episode of 30 Rock and Liz Lemon described him as looking like a “cartoon pilot”). Mad Men has a fantastic ensemble cast, and for a lover of the 1960s (that’s me), it’s a match made in heaven. Mad Men airs on AMC, Sunday nights at 10pm.