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Upon first look, Mad Men doesn’t appear to be splendid binge-watch programming. A slow-moving status drama targeted on heavy themes equivalent to adultery, sexism, violence, and existential dread explored by means of the lens of a New York promoting agency all through the 1960s, Mad Men isn’t essentially enjoyable viewing, however its astonishingly constant high quality and riveting storylines make for a rewarding binge-watching expertise.

Mad Men is a singular present to binge-watch due to its gradual burn tempo, spending most of its time subtly laying the groundwork for impending private disasters and specializing in small particulars with massive meanings. Each season is stuffed with private, romantic, and business-related tensions that simmer till they abruptly boil over, offering a cathartic if not catastrophic emotional launch, whether or not it’s the discovery of longtime infidelity or the lack of an enormous promoting account equivalent to Lucky Strike.

The driving pressure behind these conflicts is Mad Men‘s characters, every of whom spends the collection on their very own private journey rife with ache, confusion, occasional triumph, and a number of cigarettes. Television is a medium well-suited to hint the interior workings of characters as they develop and alter over time, and Mad Men takes a gradual and refined method to revealing who the characters are and what their relationships are to one another, focusing extra on the significance of refined gestures equivalent to facial expressions and tone of voice somewhat than verbal declarations of emotions.

Jon Hamm weaves a lifetime of uncertainty, self-loathing, and compulsive conduct into his portrayal of Don Draper, the mysterious advert govt with a painful previous. Hamm does an excellent job portraying Don’s varied failed makes an attempt at discovering happiness, stability, and self-acceptance. Every time Don appears to be in a great place — quitting cigarettes, swimming every day, constructing a powerful relationship with a girl equivalent to Dr. Faye Miller (Cara Buono) or Megan Calvet (Jessica Paré) — his demons meet up with him, pulling him again to his worst impulses. It is concurrently riveting, tragic, and infuriating to look at Don repeat the identical patterns all through the collection, neglecting his work and his youngsters and succumbing to his alcoholism and compulsion to seduce each lady he is available in contact with.

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The present’s second emotional core, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), the secretary turned copywriter turned artistic director, is at instances vibrant and impressive, and at different instances simply as imply and cynical as Don. Don spends the collection affected by his lack of a steady id, and Peggy stands as his foil and typically counterpart as she awkwardly grows into who she is aware of she is, a sensible, refined, at instances ruthless businesswoman. Don and Peggy’s tempestuous relationship anchors the present, as they every perceive issues about one another that nobody else does. The gendered energy imbalance inside their mentor/mentee relationship creates friction that typically results in screaming matches, but their deep love and respect for one another preserve their relationship grounded.

Beyond Don and Peggy, the present does a wonderful job creating its characters and portraying their struggles and triumphs as they alter and get older, wiser, and extra assured. Betty (January Jones) goes from being an anxious, shy housewife to being a resentful ice queen after she divorces Don, and later within the collection, she embraces her personal intelligence and functionality by going again to school. Sally (Kiernan Shipka) actually passes by means of childhood and adolescence on display, beginning off as a bit troublemaker, smoking her mom’s cigarettes and chopping her personal hair, and ending the collection as an extremely mature if not jaded younger lady, bravely accepting that she must deal with her siblings within the occasion of her mom’s demise.

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Mad Men by no means shies away from the truth that most individuals are broken in methods that can by no means actually go away, however it presents the comfort that it’s nonetheless attainable to seek out forgiveness and self-acceptance despite our psychic traumas. The level that Mad Men makes so superbly is that it takes time to achieve this state of acceptance and that the trail to get there may be not often linear. By the tip of the collection, characters equivalent to Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) have all matured sufficient to just accept that their lives might not have turned out how they thought they’d, however that there are all the time issues to be pleased about and little joys to give attention to.

Mad Men‘s binge-worthy enchantment additionally lies in its refined but highly effective consideration to element. There isn’t a single weak season of Mad Men, and this consistency could be attributed to its completely chosen forged in addition to the clever and detail-oriented artistic forces behind the scenes, together with manufacturing designers, cinematographers, writers, producers, administrators, and naturally its creator Matthew Weiner. Watching the present’s producers constantly sustain with the cultural, social, and political modifications and developments of every yr of the 1960s is without doubt one of the most compelling causes to look at Mad Men abruptly.

From its heat, golden cinematography that evokes 35mm movie to the tailor-made fits and attire its characters put on, Mad Men is an audiovisual feast of 1960s style, music, inside design, and promoting. Characters learn Rosemary’s Baby and go see Planet of the Apes in theaters, watch information stories of JFK’s assassination and Marilyn Monroe’s demise, spend hours in entrance of their typewriters, smoke cigarettes indoors, and hearken to information equivalent to The Beatles’ Revolver.

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The present favors storylines that take time to unfold over fast-paced motion, in order that when one thing dramatic occurs, it’s really unforgettable, equivalent to Sally strolling in on Don having intercourse with neighbor Sylvia Rosen (Linda Cardinelli), Don’s secretary Lois (Crista Flanagan) working over a person’s foot with a lawnmower, or Joan’s (Christina Hendricks) tragic discovery of Lane Pryce’s (Jared Harris) useless physique in his workplace.

Mad Men reserves these surprising moments for storylines which have been slowly constructing over time, thus emphasizing their significance and imbuing the present with a sustained air of suspense. Later seasons are affected by the sounds of distant sirens, rising the sensation that violence is all the time lurking simply exterior the body, a sense heightened additional by episodes equivalent to season 5’s “Mystery Date,” wherein characters panic over the Richard Speck murders and Don has a murderous fever dream. It is almost unimaginable to cease watching a present the place it all the time looks like one thing catastrophic is about to occur, a tone that echoes the collective expertise of American society all through the politically and culturally fraught 1960s that the present depicts.

While Mad Men‘s slow-burn tempo requires a level of endurance, its psychologically advanced characters, wealthy and compelling storylines, and superbly crafted facsimile of life in 1960s New York make it a uniquely rewarding binge-watching expertise. Pour your self a scotch on the rocks, put in your finest go well with and settle in with Sterling Cooper & Partners for a tumultuous decade-long journey.

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