Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Mad for Mad Men

Up until a week ago, before I signed up for Netflix, my TV watching was very seldom.   With my move into a new place, I figure now was a good time to sign up for Netflix and "retire" my Blockbuster membership.  Yes I still use Blockbuster and have been a loyal member my entire life, but being the Big City Gal that I am and carless, I figured it was time for a change.   

Little did I know that this NEW membership would cause me to become OBSESSED with one particular TV Show.

You have all probably heard about the "hot" TV show called Mad Men.  Yes Mad Men.  The drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies (fictitious Madison Avenue Agency- Sterling Cooper) at the beginning of the 1960's, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious, sexy, yet extremely talented ad executive, Donald Draper.  The show is about the high-powered and glamorous "Golden Age" of advertising as well as the lifestyles people led during this time.   

Before my Netflix membership, I never had the chance to get addicted to shows like this because I had just basic cable.  (It enjoyed having only 12 channels- really!).   Now with these shows that I have never heard of, shows I have been wanting to checkout, and movies galore, suddenly I find myself excited to go home and sit on my sofa so I can watch the next episode of Mad Men.   What has happened to me??!!  Have I gone MAD for Mad Men?!?!?   Why yes, yes I have.   How can you not be drawn into this siliceous, intriguing, jaw-dropping, dramatic and unpredictable storyline where every episode leaves you wanting more!?!?!   

On top of it, my grandparents and parents grew up during this time period.   My mother was Sally Draper's (Don Draper's daughter) age during the 1960's and my mother would tell me stories about her childhood and being apart of that era.  Her grandmother was like a combination of Betty Draper, and Helen Bishop. in the sense she adored all the fine things in life and was big on family and entertaining.   I adored everything about her, from her fashion sense to her cooking to her appreciation for music and elaborate decor.  She was even into her fine age, still a 1960's woman at heart!

The outfits, the lifestyles, and the culture during the 1960's is incredibly different from where we are today and I think that is what I love about it.   So much has changed since those days and Being a career-oriented woman that I am, I find it incredibly intriguing to see the way woman lived their lives back then.   Woman were married in their early twenties and expected to be housewives and raise the family.  The men were the "bread" winners and fought to climb the corporate ladder so they could provide for their family.   Divorce was unheard of and viewed as sinful, yet cheating is a regular thing!  And drinking & smoking are acceptable at any hour and in any quantity, despite news-breaking health research findings.

Aside from the writing for this show being incredible, each character in the drama has their own sense of style, personality and edge.   You can't help but to get attached and intertwined into their lives and what will happen next.

Being only into Season 2 so far, I can already tell I am hooked for LIFE.   Everything about this show appeals to me.  Drama, fashion, culture, history, and romance.   Even now as I write this post, I find myself getting anxious and excited to go home and watch MORE Mad Men!   I guess you can really say that I am MAD for MAD MEN.

The show has given me a whole new outlook on my grandparents and parents and the stories they shared with me now have a deeper meaning.   Sometimes I wish I could be transported back into this era just for a day, so I could see what it was really like.  

Are you MAD for Mad Men?  What do you love about this show?  Is there a character you can relate to the most?

Advertising is based on one thing, happiness. And you know what happiness is? Happiness is the smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of the road that screams reassurance that whatever you are doing is okay. You are okay." ~ Donald Draper, Mad Men

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