Classy & Sexy / Men & Wives

Yes, "classy" is the word to describe the show. You may not like Donald Draper, but you can't deny that he's got style.


Mad Men is a fascinating look at a time when men were men, women dressed like women, and black people knew their place. In short a time when sexism, racism, and discrimination were the norm and accepted as the way things were and should be.


Through a portrayal of these ad men's lives, the show critiques these attitudes, yet deftly manages to avoid being preachy or condescending. There are also hints of change on the horizon: growth of female employment outside service positions, birth control, and an edgy new beat generation.


Of course the show is entirely enjoyable without much historical familiarity with the context, but it should be especially appreciated by those familiar with the times and attitudes of the late 50's/early '60s. But for all those simply-want-good-programming, it is a show filled with drinking, screwing, philandering, and smoking. And of course, power struggles and mysterious pasts.


My only criticism of the show is that in an apparent effort to expose the myth of family/domestic bliss of the 50's, the show portrays almost every single married male under 60 as a lying/cheating philanderer. There seems to be a basic assumption by the writer(s) that cheating happens in every marriage, no matter what age/place; perhaps a little extreme? Also, the pace of the show is a little slow, perhaps I've been spoiled by 24 however :-)


Overall however, this show is fun, fascinating, and worth the watch!

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Aug 8, 2008 10:30PM EDT

Jack Bauer will kick Don Draper ass

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Aug 11, 2008 1:47AM EDT

Mad Men is a fascinating look at a time when men were men, women dressed like women, and black people new their place. In short a time when sexism, racism, and discrimination were the norm and accepted as the way things were and should be.

Wow how racist is that... as well as sexist. As a woman and a 'black' person i take great offense to this.It is not your place to decided if things are how they should be, there is a reason times have changed- because it was NOT rightthis show is showing how wrong things were, pregnant ladies smoking and drinking, women being sexually harassed at work. The show is not trying to prove a point its just showing a point of view, while you are highlighting and praising the negative aspects of that era. You really belong in the past with your ignorance.

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Aug 14, 2008 5:01PM EDT

Ok, i'm sorry esturrr, but either you did not read the entire review or you just plain misunderstood. Its not saying thats the way things should be NOW, its saying that people at that time thought it was the way things should be. Which unfortunately is true. They did think that.

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Aug 18, 2008 9:18PM EDT

"black people NEW their place"
P2pjunky, your...excuse me...you're a racist and an IDIOT!
Esturrr understood correctly what this jerk meant. Whiteboy1521, your reading comprehension sucks. Go back and read that paragraph again. How does it end? What does he say? "Should be." I believe he means currently.
If there is anything anyone should be hating, it's the stupid.

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Oct 1, 2008 11:51AM EDT

Well, I guess I just suck at composition and spelling.
Let's make this clear: I like the show because of its honest perspective on the various social attitudes of the time. I appreciate this as a fan of history.
I do not agree with the attitudes of that time, I don't condone them. I have a Mexican background and I can't stand narrow minded judgmental individuals, racists and ynot71 included.

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