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July 04, 2008

Mad Men

Mad_men_lighter Since I don’t have a teevee, I must miss out all the good “shows”. Somehow I saw a clip last year called The Wheel which moved me, even when I didn’t know its background.

But now I do, and it’s much richer than the casual viewing may suggest. Last week I was able to watch the whole season of a television show called Mad Men, and then I watched it again, I liked it so much.

It seems that there are many people who love this program. There are blogs dedicated to Mad Men, (Basket of Kisses). Prof. Paul Levinson analyzes each episode and follows up with interviews. The NY Times reviews it.

Update: Here's the personal blog of Rich Sommer who plays Harry Crane on the series!

Update 2: A 16-page 1960-lookalike Ad Age insert

Update 3: The art behind the art of the pitch - Michael Bierut's review at Design Observer. The titles, designed by 'Imaginary Forces'. (Also there, A visual history of IBM Selectrics)

Update 4: Spoilers from the second season

Update 5: It's 1975 And This Man Is About To Show You The Future (Scenes From An IBM Slide Presentation)

On Slate: Why Are Critics Slobbering Over Mad Men?

Update 6: Don Draper’s ‘Mad Men’ Bookshelf

Ah, The Fifties (And The Sixties!)... I highly recommend it, and I wish I could watch the second season right now.

July 28 Update: Andrew Johnston's recap of the second season's first episode "For Those Who Think Young"

Questions for Don at What Would Don Draper Do?

August 1 Update: The cast in street clothes

Semi-related: Winston smoking Flinstones

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I actually started watching MadMen after you posted a clip here. It was the one where Don makes the pitch to the Kodak guys. "It's not called the wheel...it's a carousel."

I was sold right then and there.

Thanks for that.

Posted by: Mumblix Grumph at Jul 5, 2008 12:45:28 AM

That's just a fantastic show, and the wheel is perhaps the best scene of the whole first season. I'm glad you're watching, Hanin, and glad you're spreading the word of it's awesomeness. Too often, great shows like this get cancelled for poor viewership.

Posted by: Jonson at Jul 5, 2008 8:20:24 AM

Oh I love that Flintstones clip!
We have just imported Mad Men in the UK. I haven't seen any of them yet as they are scheduled very late. Many working folks people have complained about the time. From your recommendation I guess I should start recording it, or buy the DVDs.

Posted by: Julie at Jul 5, 2008 1:26:49 PM

I LOVE Mad Men! I turned my dad onto the show last year, as he was basically housebound due to the latter stages of COPD. He loved living vicariously through those days again. Although probably he would have been a peer of Pete Campbell's, not Don's, age-wise. My dad passed away in March, so I'm going to find this next season bittersweet to watch. I'm looking forward to it regardless, because it is THAT good.

Posted by: Cari McGee at Jul 5, 2008 6:04:17 PM