The much anticipated show (re)starts today. Prepare to be once again mesmerized, as the show moves chronologically from JFK’s election and Marilyn's death to the era of those big shocks to the system.
At its very first Season Premiere, I was so excited that I even threw a party to watch it on my big screen. Unfortunately, most of my friends did not see it through my eyes, mostly because they did not show up. Undeterred, I set up a Mad Men Fad Fan group on Facebook, where many of my friends live, thinking that if they don’t come to my place, I’ll go to theirs, like Mohamed the mountaineer. I don’t know who’s taking care of that now..
If you have not seen Mad Men yet, or if you are not watching it religiously, cracked.com thinks you’re an eeeediot. Even though I do (not) (necessarily) share that view (entirely), it is worth pointing out what you’re missing and why I personally love it and why I am addicted to this show like I have never been to any other TV show. The only thing that comes close is the childhood frustration of waiting for the far-in-between Star Wars movie-episodes and the love-hatred for my pusher, Lucas, for creating such a potent drug and then dispensing it with scarcity.
It has been said that Matt Weiner had wanted to make this show years ago, but the producer forced him to make Sopranos first. Only when that show became incredibly successful, was he allowed to nurture his fav brainchild.
What makes this show amazing is that it presents the lives of people who changed a culture, but they are regular folk as opposed to the celebrities we are accustomed to watch in movies about the 60s. The attention to detail is phenomenal, starting with costumes, decor, the language used, manners and the ills. By “ills” I mean all those little quirks which are today surgically removed from artistic representation, even though they still exist in part of the society: chain-smoking with kids around, philandering, regularly drinking on the job, blatant sexism, sexual harassment, using sexuality to get ahead, throwing picnic litter in the river, sex at work, men sleeping in the office when their wife kicked them out, the obsession with appearances which need to be saved at all costs, crude & hurtful humour.
The awards collected by the show in its 2 seasons are impressive:
- 2009, 2008 – Excellence in Production Design Award for the episodes “The Jet Set” & “Shoot” from Art Directors Guild (ADG)
- 2009 - Outstanding International Program or Event from Astra
- 2009 – BAFTA TV Award for Best International
- 2008 – Artios from the Casting Society of America for Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot – Drama
- 2009 – CDG Award for Outstanding Costume Design for Television Series – Period/Fantasy
- 2008 – DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series – Night
- 2009 – Emmy for Outstanding: Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Cinematography for a One-Hour Series, Drama Series, Hairstyling for a Single-Camera Series, Main Title Design, Writing for a Drama Series
- 2008 – Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a TV Series and Best TV Series
- 2009 – Golden Nymph for Drama TV Series, Outstanding Actor – Drama Series and Outstanding Actress – Drama Series at the Monte-Carlo TV Festival
- 2009 – Television Producer of the Year Award in Episodic PGA Award for Drama
- 2008 – Peabody Award
- 2009 – Satellite Award for Best Ensemble, Television
- 2009 - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series from Screen Actors Guild
- 2008 – Television Critics Association (TCA) Award for Outstanding Achievement in Drama and (New) Program of the Year
- Writers Guild of America – WGA Award (TV) for New Series (2008) and Dramatic Series (2009)
..And I did not bother listing the Nominations Get a taste:
Here’s a list of Mad Libs, as originally printed by Eye Weekly:
The real men and women on their roles:
What happens on that set is pure magic. No wonder that after being showered with so many signs of recognition from their peers other shows are constantly trying to poach away actors and I’m not only talking The Office (MM-star-on-Office). Even Tina Fey in her 30 Rock got Jon Hamm to play the role of a dumb but beautiful man, who pulls her in the zone, but unfortunately, she cannot stay there long.
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