Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Mad Men

I'm obsessed with Mad Men, for many reasons. The writing is witty. It's a picture perfect world of advertising agencies in the sixties. The women of Mad Men are glamorous and complicated. And then there's Don Draper, the heart and soul of the show. Draper sells lies for a living. He cheats. He is emotionally withholding, morally ambiguous, with a past he can't face up to, yet we can't help rooting for him. There's a genius in this portrayal. Jon Hamm stares into his Devil's Nest. There's a vicarious thrill in it. When we see people misbehave, sometimes we want them to get away with it.

If you are not watching it, you should be. It airs on AMC on Sunday nights.

On a side note, Elisabeth Moss who plays Peggy Olson on the show has been around Hollywood for a while. Does anyone remember the Disney movie, Escape to Witch Mountain?