Don Draper of Mad Men that is, to those of you who haven't had the pleasure of watching this AMC 1960s era soap opera.
Okay, I miss Betty, his wife, a little bit too, but not as much. She's just a little too cold for me.
Don and Betty are two of the best looking people you would ever expect to see. They are living Barbie and Ken dolls. And that is what the writers are trying to convey, I suppose. Beautiful on the outside, but very flawed underneath the surface. The 1960s was a decade of awakening for many who lived through them. Mad Men effectively explores the stereotypes, the racism and sexism, the emergence from the naivete of the 1950s. It was a time of very defined roles, yet roles that were questioned. This show gives a snapshot, melodramatic, I grant you, at times, of this very special, innocent/yet not so innocent era.
I was introduced to this show by The Writer and Sammy when we were in California when I watched the first episode of season three with them. I was hooked immediately.
We were like addicts watching 2-3 episodes a night for a week. Then. It was over. Until.... we found that we could get season 2 via Netflix. So, we joined. We cut our cable bill practically in half and joined Netflix for $8.99 a month (first two weeks free!) and Don and Betty were delivered to our door, three episodes at a time! Meanwhile I was furiously recording the third season which was showing this fall on AMC! It was such a confusing, yet wonderful time.
Needless to say, we finished season 2 as quickly as Netflix could send them to us, we could send them back and then get the next disc from Netflix. I think we did it in two weeks.
Anybody who grew up or was a viable adult during the 1960s will get a kick out of this show. The sets are so authentic as are the wardrobes and character attitudes. The men are all clad in dark suits and wear hats to the office everyday.
The women wear their foundation garments with pride. It is amazing to realize that we, or our mothers dressed that way all day, every day.