Friday, July 20, 2007

Take a look at "Mad Men"

Seeing that the reviews were excellent, my husband and I watched the first episode of AMC's "Mad Men" last night, which, if you haven't heard, follows the exploits of a Madison Avenue creative director in the early 1960s. (A preview clip is above.) It packed an awful lot into the first episode: references to the emergence of birth control, the growing realization that smoking kills you and the creative director's search for a tagline that somehow persuades people that cigarettes really aren't all that bad. Even if the advertising part isn't fascinating to those of us who've been in the biz, what's ultimately engrossing about the show is how steeped it is in its particular moment in time and completely unapologetic about what today we would see as flagrant political incorrectness.

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