I’m usually pretty good at getting people into TV shows. My recommendations have led people to discover classic programs like Arrested Development, The Wire and Friday Night Lights. But so far, the only person who has matched my love for Mad Men has been my grandma, as she actually lived through the era.
But I know I’m not alone. 3.5M people tuned into the season five premiere this weekend, and the show has won a Best Drama Emmy each year it’s been on the air. I describe it as “the most interesting show on TV where nothing ever happens.” My girlfriend watched about five episodes before stopping, and it took me all of three minutes to catch her up on four seasons worth of plot. These two got divorced. This agency split up. These two had a baby. Because outside of that, what really is there?
It’s a strange phenomenon really. I feel like I could watch this show forever and not get bored, despite the fact that nothing incredibly significant will happen in a given episode. I credit the writing and the acting, but there’s just a certain indescribably quality to the show I have trouble articulating. Any fans out there, can you more clearly profess your love for Mad Men than I?