I’m talking about Mad Men, AMC’s hit new drama, about an ad man on Madison Avenue in the early ’60s. It just won 6 Emmys, so it’s been in the news. If you haven’t yet watched, I highly recommend going to NetFlix or Itunes and starting at the beginning, because it’s a case like Sopranos or Six Feet Under–you can jump in anywhere, but you’ll get so much more out of it if you start at the beginning. It’s an elegant, evocative, disturbing portrait of a milieu that we’ve all heard about–Madison Avenue, right?–but don’t know that much about. One angle that moves me profoundly is the role of women. The wives and mothers and secretaries and mistresses and office manager. The sexual politics are brutal, and most of it is just so thoughtless. Not cruel or deliberate, just the way things are.
It is a great character drama, and I learn something every time I watch it. Subtle, sharp, smart. For the writers who might be reading here, this is a good one to fill the well, and remind you of what can be done with very small details.
It is on AMC on Sunday nights. Check it out.
Anyone else here a big fan?