Show N' Read Saturday #12–MAD MEN

A weekly meme hosted by Diantha Jones where we share and rate TV shows and movies we've seen, and the books that we have read or have now been inspired to read.

I watched:

  Mad Men on AMC (2007–)

Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. Mad Men revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper, the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values. (

So I watched the season six premiere a couple of weeks ago and I have to say, I was not impressed. I adore the first five seasons of this show and was really excited for the new season. But if that premiere was any indication of what to expect in future episodes, I'm not so sure I'll be watching.  But despite the weak season six premiere, this show ranks on my top ten of must-watch shows. The characters, the drama, the absolutely exquisite fashion. I honestly can't get enough of it. I even like how much of the 1960's advertising business we see. It's really cool and interesting to take a look back and see how far (or backwards, depending on how you look at it) advertising has come (or gone). Overall, I love this show. Recommended: For all adults.

My rating: 5/5 STARS

Book I want to read:

Diary of Mad Housewife (First published in 1966)

When Bettina Balser begins to suspect that she is going mad, she starts a secret diary as a form of therapy and escape. Her fears pour onto the page: Elevators, subways, bridges, tunnels, high places, low places, tightly enclosed spaces, boats, cars, planes, trains, crowds....” Through her observations of herself and those around her, Bettina seeks meaning in her exceedingly dreary life. Her frank examinations lead to many changes, including an extramarital fling, and her voice touches a timeless nerve, resonating on many levels— from the ever-evolving feminist consciousness to the gnawing existential search that is universal.

A 1960s feminist sort of deal. Could be good. Could be terrible.

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