Mad Men

Saturday, March 7, AD 2009

Mad Men is an American Movie Classics (AMC) television drama series is set in the early 1960s at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on New York City’s Madison Avenue.  The show centers on Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm), a high-level advertising executive, and the people in his life in and out of the office. It also depicts the changing social mores of 1960s America.  Mad Men has received wide critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity and visual style.  Mad Men is the advertising term for people in the industry that work on Madison Avenue, ie, Madison Avenue Men shortened to Mad Men.

I don’t have cable, but I heard so many good things about this series that I began renting it on Netflix.  The series is pretty clean with some partial nudity and no profane language.  The sets are extremely detailed with no hint of the 21st century anywhere.  The acting is superb and the storyline is good enough to keep my attention and wanting to see the next episode.  I would recommend this for adults 18 years of age or older, preferably with a well formed conscious.  Apparently this has become a cult classic among many Catholics.

The opening sequence has the theme song that accurately sets the tone for the television series.  It is an instrumental piece by Aceyalone and RJD2.  To me it sounds a bit jazzy with barely a hint of hip hop in it.  The full score is below.

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