Mad Men will Leave You Shaken and Stirred!
Smoking and drinking at work surrounded by amazing mid-century modern furniture. You may be thinking I’m describing any Thursday at Ampersand Vintage Modern, right? Not quite. In fact, I just laid out what we can probably expect to see within the first 5 minutes when Mad Men returns for its 5th season this weekend.
It’s been a long time since we’ve heard from Don, Peggy, Joan, and Roger—almost two years, really—and, I don’t know about you, but I’ve missed them!
For those of you who have never caught an episode, Mad Men is set in 1960s New York City and follows the lives of the men and women who work at a Madison Avenue advertising firm. Hence, Mad Men. The AMC show has been a huge hit with viewers and critics since it first aired in 2007, because it is smartly written and offers an unapologetic view into a period of American history when drinking, smoking, adultery, and sexism were a familiar part of our culture and just another day at the office.
What also makes Mad Men so compelling is the incredible cast led by Jon Hamm and Elizabeth Moss. Hamm, Moss, and the rest deliver captivating performances week after week and, along with creator Matthew Weiner and his writing team, have created multi-dimensional characters that can be funny, flamboyant, feisty, fearless, and flawed.
It is not only the terrific writing and amazing acting that brings the stories to life, but also the classic fashions and to-die-for sets that feature icons of mid-century modern design such as Herman Miller, Charles and Ray Eames, Florence Knoll, and George Nelson, among others. Each episode is, quite literally, a feast for the eyes.
So, you know where you’ll find me this Sunday night—kicking back, martini in hand. Tune in and let us know what you think. You’d be mad not to.
Photos courtesy of TV Guide, Newsweek, and AMC.com. Thanks!