Thursday, August 27, 2009

Mad Men!

The AMC series, Mad Men, brilliantly depicts Madison Avenue ad agencies, American ideals, mores, and attitudes in the early 60s. In last Sunday's episode a rebellious Mad Man became enraged when the firm, Sterling Cooper, decided to represent the forces set to raze Penn Station. Lead character (and pro razing point man) Don Draper summed up the 60s attitude perfectly: "I was in California last week and everything was new and people have hope. New York is a decaying city. Let's bring New York something new." Today's Penn Station is undoubtedly the ugliest train station in the US. Its horrific demolition created the landmark commission we have today. But I love Mad Men! Here's a classic MM video moment, when Don Draper sells the Kodak Carousel as soul wrenching time machine.

23 comments:

MaCoBra said...

Mad men.... never heard of, but I think that indeed the 50's and 60's were the glory days of the U.S. So energetic and creative. I will you tube Mad men.

Melanie said...

Men in suits--oh boy!

pasadenaadjacent said...

This show is the one reason that makes visiting my mother on Sunday night pleasurable (she has cable)

pasadenaadjacent said...

and I still use my slide projector and carousal. The bulbs are still readily available in Hollywood.

-K- said...

I've been hooked on this show since it first came on. Every aspect of it - the actors, the dialogue, the sets, story, all of it is just great.

ruth said...

best show on tv!

Yoork said...

Ach! I love Mad Men! I've been a fan since the very beginning! Totally addicted. Matt Weiner is fantastic!

Beth said...

Mad Men is great! In fact, I wrote a blog posting about a Mad Men party: http://bethstakeonlife.blogspot.com/2009/08/party-like-mad-man-or-woman.html

bfarr said...

Thanks for sharing a great clip of a great show.

Kitty said...

Mark and I love this show. It's so beautifully done.

I wish I could live on those sets, especially the one in California at that modern house.

Marcheline said...

I'm a MadMed addict and not ashamed to admit it! Fedoras, martinis, handsome devils and gorgeous dames - this show has it ALL!

Lily Hydrangea said...

I have to tell you Ken, I was thinking of you when I saw that episode about Penn Station! My husband travels through it everyday for years now & so do I (less frequently) We both find it a demoralizing experience.
I love MadMen too even though most of the characters are so friggin creepy!

Amy said...

yes I love mad men too, can't wait for the new series to start here.

Ming the Merciless said...

I've heard great stuff about the show but I don't have on my cable. :-(

I love the clothes they wear. Please actually put effort in their attire back then.

-K- said...

I had to come back to this post to watch this clip again.

Favorite quote from last week:

"I'm in a very good place right now."

Kitty said...

I had to come back and comment...the way these guys are posed is so terrible. Looks like an underwear commercial.

I love them, my Mad Men!

Marcheline said...

Say, now - THERE'S an idea! Have them all pose like that, IN THEIR UNDERWEAR.

Hawt!

Cyd said...

MadMen, how do people suspend their disbelief when watching this? seems phony and self conscious. they are almost all so obviously ACTORS ACTING A PERIOD PART.. when off set I imagine they will check their iPhones

I'm not convinced.

Give me the real thing... "Naked City"

• Eliane • said...

I do not own a tv but this is one of the rare tv show that I subscribe to via iTunes. Just make sure not to post spoilers on Sunday night as I can only download it on Monday mornings.

vern said...

i just love to watch Mad Men. it is a great and a unique show. i have seen many period dramas from history but never seen any show on Early 60's.

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Mad Men is an American dramatic television series created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The episodes are premiered on Sunday evenings on the American cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. It premiered on July 19, 2007, and completed its third season on November 8, 2009. Its forth season has premiered on July 25, 2010. All episodes are really very interesting.

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