Are you watching Mad Men? [Karl]
Yesterday, the Television Critics Association named AMC’s Mad Men –Ã‚Â a period piece about the world of advertising set in New York in the early 1960s — the program of the year, the outstanding new program and the year’s best drama.Ã‚Â ItÃ‚Â received 16 Emmy nominations last week.Ã‚Â The show and lead actor Jon Hamm both wonÃ‚Â Golden Globes.Ã‚Â It was the recent subject of an in-depth piece in The New York Times Magazine.Ã‚Â Ã‚Â And Ed Driscoll interviewed James Lileks about the show for PajamasMedia andÃ‚Â XM satellite radio, in part because of the fictional ad agency’s involvement with the Nixon-Kennedy race (though Lileks also discusses the art direction of the show, as well as its depiction of parenting).
However,Ã‚Â this highly- and justly-acclaimed showÃ‚Â only averaged 900,000 viewers in its first season.
For thoseÃ‚Â unfamiliar withÃ‚Â the show, Mad MenÃ‚Â is easily the most politically incorrect drama on television in some time, featuring a steady stream of drinking, smoking, and most every -ism,Ã‚Â particularly sexism and sexual harassment.Ã‚Â And for the most part, neither condemns nor excuses any of it.Ã‚Â Creator Matt Weiner (formerly a writer and executive producer for The Sopranos) and the show’s other writers have suggested in interviews that the show isÃ‚Â about how much has changed and how much has not — but that a piece set in 1960 allows the characters to say and do things that otherwise might not be acceptable on television.Ã‚Â Like The Sopranos, it has tended to spark debate over whether it unduly glamorizes a very flawed culture.
Season 2 starts next Sunday.Ã‚Â AMC is running a Season 1 marathon today starting at Noon Eastern/11 Central.Ã‚Â Season 1 is also on DVD and available on demand for most cable subscribers.Ã‚Â You can also watch the pilot online, along with all sorts of supplementary video.