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5.0 out of 5 stars Ice Cool Show for sophisticated viewers., 11 April 2008
This review is from: Mad Men - Complete Season 1 [DVD] (DVD)
Buried away on BBC 4 & the midnight slot on BBC 2 it's little wonder that no one's seen this show. I was lucky enough to read a review and started to catch it from Episode 3 and I'm so glad I did. The show is brilliant. Set in a 1960's New York Ad Agency it deals with the life of the ad men, their wives, mistresses and their secretaries. The writing is so sharp you'll cut yourself, the research and detail is faultless, it's slick, cool and gripping. Each episode is a gem in it's own right, like little mini Hitchcock films, the style and look is very Rear Window. Even the open credits are a work of art and a tribute to the great Saul Bass.

Although set in the 60's it easy to relate to the men & women in the show, times have changed a lot, the men all smoke & drink in the office and think nothing of making a sexist remark to their P.A. Now these things don't get said in front of women in the office anymore, but they are still thought and said behind closed doors, so the issues they create are still very much in the work place. They just said it out loud in the 60's.

The ad men are hard driven and determined to be top dog at work and find it difficult to transfer their work personalities to home where they suddenly have to take off the suit and attend kids birthday parties or paint the fence. The wives are complex people stuck in their domesticated perfect wife routines, slowly being driven crazy by suppressing their personalities.

It's pure class all the way, forget Desperate Housewives and get watching Mad Men, it's the best thing on TV for years.
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Initial post: 29 Jun 2008 23:02:47 BDT
Like you, Mrs M, I only caught up on episodes of this sharp series because of insomnia - never could work out when it was on TV. But the odd episodes I did see worked alone, like you say, and I got hooked, so had to buy the DVD (was that the BBC's intention all along? were they caught up on the marketing strategies of Madison Avenue?) It comes as a shock over the years to find sexism in the office so blatantly pushed, and makes me glad the phrase p.c was invented. Definitely non-pc these days, though probably the same thoughts go on in the gym changing rooms. There is an incredible sadness about the way lives (of wives especially) are being wasted through the sex stereotyping of the time. Does the series actually tell us all this advertising is a waste of time/immoral/demoralising and we'd be better off without it, do you think?

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Sep 2011 17:31:03 BDT
jannert says:
Hi Christine - well it certainly makes you think about what goes into an ad campaign, that's for sure. Mind you, I think some of today's ads have totally lost the plot. How many silly car adverts do you see these days, that really don't relate to the car at all? I can never remember which car they are advertising after the ad finishes. Come back Don Draper, all is forgiven!
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