Mad Men

Last week’s episode “New Amsterdam” of the new AMC drama Mad Men was one of the best examples of the tightest, slickest writing on television right now. I never thought I’d like this show, but the more I watch it, the more I realize that it will take the place of Deadwood for me. Finally, something of substance and nuance! Vincent Kartheiser, who places the newbie Pete Campbell (above) is a fine actor in this episode, which focuses on his attempt to rise to the top in the advertising company in which he finds himself. Pete Campbell comes from OLD money in New York City and his attempt to balance the demands of his spoiled wife, his parents, her parents, and his chief rival on the job, Don Draper, is fascinating television. The men are all well dressed and so very officious to their wives and their secretaries and the women are all blissfully unaware of a world outside their homes. There is one woman who runs her own company, and there is the requisite divorcee in the neighborhood, but don’t look for any feminist movers and shakers in this world. The sets are authentic. The costumes doubly so. The social milieu is almost unbelievable and we soon realize how far (for good or ill?) we’ve come since 1962. I would recommend watching this over any other show on TV right now. You won’t be disappointed.


2 thoughts on “Mad Men

  1. Hi Paul,
    Yes, we just watched “5G” on TiVo and you’re right! It’s even stronger. I was worried for “Don” there for a while. He reached into his briefcase and I go, “Uh-oh.” 🙂

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