A little bit on the importance of Mad Men as an examination of the emptiness of material pursuit.
(Warning: This post contains major spoilers for Mad Men up to the mid-way point of Season 5 which is where I am. If you haven’t made it this far into the series yet and don’t want to have the plot spoiled, stop reading.)
AMC’s Mad Men will be remembered as one of the defining television programs of the 2010s. And as we enter into its final season, I am both amazed that the show stayed on the air despite its less than stellar ratings (AMC’s The Walking Dead and Breaking Bad both utterly annihilated it in the ratings) and that it remains one of the most consistently misunderstood programs on TV. If you ask the casual Mad Men viewer why they watch, it’s for the glitz and glamour of wealthy New Yorkers in the 1960s. But in the history of television, no program has ever so perfectly captured the utter…
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