I know what you're thinking: "Hey did we go back in time and publish this post from 2007?" Nope, despite my love of vintage/mid-century, I had never really watched Mad Men until last week. I can't quite put my finger on why, but I think it's because I didn't regularly watch anything when I lived alone and then I didn't have cable for a while. Plus I recently went through that stint of also not having cable. Fast-forward until about a year ago when I finally borrowed Season 1 from a friend. But I just popped it in the DVD player about a week ago. I was pretty obSESSED and watched all 13 episodes in a week, which I considered restrained. So here's my Top 5 observations:
- As expected, the clothes are to die for. Even though I'm glad I don't have to wear a girdle or hose or similar underpinnings daily, there's something so beautiful about the clothes and hair on the show and of the era. While I don't necessarily want to dress this way daily, I think there is an element of elegance and sophistication from those days that we lack today.
- If I ever thought I should have lived my 20's in another era, the 50's/60's weren't it. Amazing clothing be damned. Unless I would have been a man in my prior life. Living as a lady pre-women's rights? Pass. However, I would love to inherit the show's set. The lighting, the glassware, and pretty please, the sofa in Draper's office. Thank you.
- I've never seen smoking look so glamorous and natural and fun in something that was filmed in color. Is Lucky Strike sponsoring this show because I seriously wanted to smoke after watching it? (BUT I didn't because it is disgusting and kills people, hello!) I was trying to think of a TV show I've watched that involved a character that smoked regularly, and the only one I've come up with is the early seasons of Sex & The City when Carrie still smoked. Between the smoking and the above, I sometimes get caught up in the details and comparing the show to life today rather than the plot line.
- What's the deal with Don Draper? Everyone is all gaga over him and while yes, Jon Hamm is certainly easy on the eyes in those suits, I still think he's a kind of a shady skeez and somewhat unlikable character. Maybe it gets better in the later seasons?
- Um, yeah, so Peggy was totally pregnant. Duh. Still, it was nice to finally get that out there and the perfect cliffhanger to end Season one.
I hope to watch Season Two before 2014. And I'm proud to say, I have no idea what happens in any of the seasons so please don't tell.
What's your take on Mad Men? Genius drama or overrated glorification of a time that we've outgrown?
[Image via by Carin Baer]