Here's a show you CAN'T miss!
It wrapped up its seven-year run this past year, but my wife and I are playing catch-up via Netflix. We're now in season 6 of 7.
The show is flat-out addictive, which is no surprise given it has won and been nominated for several awards. We concluded our binge watching last night at 2 a.m. So here I am at work, running on three hours of sleep and greatly looking forward to going home so we can catch the next episode!
Jon Hamm plays Don Draper, a creative director at an advertising agency on Madison Avenue (hence the name "Mad Men"). The show is set in the 1960s and touches on a wide range of themes associated with that time, from misogyny and adultery to racism.
I think they've done a great job of making the viewer feel as if he's been transported to an era defined by such watershed events as the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, which is incorporated into an episode in season 3.
I don't want to ruin it for anyone, so I won't give too much away. But suffice it to say that Draper leads a tumultuous life -- actually, two -- characterized by myriad affairs, excessive drinking and smoking, and strained relationships with his kids, colleagues, and many others alike.
Will Don ever put an end to his self-destructive ways? That's what viewers like me are waiting on the edge of their seats to find out. Even through season 6, it seems any efforts made to clean up his act have been futile.
I highly recommend the show. In all honesty, the show's later seasons (5 and 6) haven't been as good as the previous ones, but the show is still worth watching nonetheless. Hopefully, the final season will leave me breathless.
Have you watched Mad Men? If not, are you interested in checking it out after reading this post?