The Emmy award-winning television drama series, Mad Men, is known for its accuracy in the time depicted. From fashion, culture, interiors, to the lifestyle itself is the closest anyone will get to the 1950s, 1960s and 70s, really. Creator, Matthew Weiner, and his team has done extensive research into creating a fictional world come very much alive. Although the tv series has been over for quite some time, we thought it was necessary to acknowledge how great the show has been and was a pleasure to watch!
The 50s and 60s were a sexy time, with sleek and chic furnitures, formal attire worn on a daily basis, wind resistant hair do’s and so forth, it was all about looking your best, doing your best, and being the best. An exciting time to be alive, to the say the least. Businesses booming as well as families just right after the war, things definitely got easier, and then again, new problems arise. Mad Men has successfully portrayed the problems in work and personal life, and how sometimes the stress from work can consume your whole life and the mixing of business and pleasure has its ups and downs. The portraying of how normal it was to have affairs, chain smoking indoors in New York City (which is now against the law) and day drinking in the workplace. It’s safe to say what was normal then, is definitely not today.
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The meticulous attention to detail is one of the reasons the show has won over so many viewers. It’s dedication in keeping the set as authentic as possible has influenced and inspired many. And has eventually made the mid-century modern trend very popular and desirable for a while now. In order to keep the sets as it would have been back in the 50s and 60s, many decisions such as exposed cords and wires were kept attached and the decision to not bring in the iconic mid-century lounge chairs we so love, were also part of that decision. Creator, Matthew Weiner, thought it would be a cliche and made it clear to not have any lounge chairs. The thought and effort in each detail was carefully decided after extensive research of the era. Just because the television show was set in the 50s and 60s does not mean that each and every furniture was manufactured at the time, and the Mad Men team was aware of it.
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As if there were any more reasons to watch Mad Men, again. The changes and developments in each character is slowly shown throughout this television drama series. The tension of Don Draper’s past and ever present fear of it catching up to him one day, his incapability of loving a woman forever because he doesn’t believe in it, he’s always trying his best to move forward, faster than others, makes him lose interest faster. Although all the characters in Mad Men have some regrettable pasts, all in all, they are good people in their own kind of way. Their more than just bad behaviors with big flaws who have money, and creator Matthew Weiner has portrayed this successfully. It’s amazing how real these fictional characters seem so real, and that is probably why we love this show so much.
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