Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mad Men


is my new obsession.  And I got my FF hooked as well.  I am not sure how I missed it the first go around, but Netflix is my friend in instances like this.  I am also not sure what the draw is because it is just about everything I stand against.  I started watching it as a way to pass the time after I was protesting folding all of the laundry with no help.  (Not sure why I do that, I always end up still doing it by myself, just in larger quantities!) But none-the-less, it has sucked me in and I am on Episode 5 of season 4.  


For those of you unfamiliar with Mad Men, it is an AMC show, that has just started Season 5 in the last few weeks.  (Season 5 is currently waiting patiently for me on my DVR!)  It is set in the Advertising World of Madison Avenue in the 60s.  The central character is Don Draper, who is not really Don Draper, who is a drunk, manipulating, chain smoking, man-whore.  But you can't help but be drawn in to his world.  


I look at how the wives and secretaries are treated and just shake my head.  I cannot even imagine living in that world. But, I would have been raised differently and therefore my expectations would have been different.  If the sound goes out, you could tell what role the women were playing.  Every woman falls into 1 of 3 categories - housewife, sexy secretary/temptress and career girl.  You don't have to hear a word come out of their mouth, just look at what they are wearing.  


One think that amazes me is the smoking.  It is everywhere.  There is  an ashtray prominently placed in just about every scene.  Lucky Strikes is one of their major accounts.  The housewives have cigarettes in the rubber gloved hands while they are doing dishes and OB-GYN has a cigarette in his mouth while his patient is in the stirrups! WHAT!

It is an interesting look in a time gone by.  Makes me grateful to have been born a decade later.  So, once my hubby wakes up from his nap, we will continue where we left off, wrapping up season 4 this weekend.  It is like the accident, you know you shouldn't be watching, but you can't pull your eyes away.




Enjoy your day and do something fun with your family.  And put a nipple on that retro Coke bottle.  My kids would have loved this!
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