If you haven’t watched seasons one and two of Madmen, I’m not sure we can be friends. Ok, that’s a little extreme, but seriously it’s the best-written show on TV.
Madmen is about a fictitious ad firm on Madison Ave in NYC in the 1960’s. I love it because I’m in advertising. I love it because it’s scandalous and poignant. I love it for its perfectly-acted pauses, meaningful looks, and writing. The writers don’t waste one single word. (7 of the 11 writers are women, I’ll have you know). Everything is important. Vanity Times just did an article on it if you want more info on the idea behind it.
Anyway, so the first two seasons were amazing. And the 3rd season aired tonight. *Spoilers ahead* I really loved it’s storytelling in this first episode – it’s so poetic how it started with Don remembering his birth, while making milk for his pregnant wife. Then at the end he slips into this same fog of remembrance while telling his oldest daughter about her birth.
Don has so many ghosts – so much is always weighing on him. I thought from the way the last season ended that he’d be a little further on the path to peace than he really is. The fact that he’s so troubled makes the show so addicting. You want to fix him.
Peggy is my favorite character. I love her honesty, her candor. She’s someone I would want to be friends with.
Pete is someone I’d want to slug in the face several times a week, and then pat him on the back and comfort him the other days. He’s so pathetic in an endearing way.
Joan is stunning. I hang on every word she says and am always impressed at her poise and grace. She’s powerful but calming all at the same time. I wish I could be more like that.
Anyway, I’m an addict and I’m so excited about the new season. Are there any shows you’re excited for this Fall?