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A stunning series!,
This review is from: Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
What a stunning series! The ad men of Madison Avenue portrayed here are not people one would expect to like, given their flaws and cruelties, but this is subtle television, which draws you in and makes you want to know more about them and even sympathise with their secrets and lies.
They lead lives of wantonness and drunken chauvinism which hurts all around them. It hurts to watch the submissiveness of most of the women in the series, but change is always in the air - JFK's election year haunts much of this first series - and it's that sense of impending change that makes one want, need even, to keep watching.
Mad Men is a fascinating, thoughtful and taut portrayal of how attitudes and perceptions changed in the 1960s. The production values are sumptuous, the acting and writing superb. This deserves a much better slot on the BBC when the second series is aired. In the meantime, I cannot recommend the DVDs highly enough!