Monday, 18 October 2010

Mad (Wo)Men

I know I'm a bit late to the party, but I've recently become obsessed with the TV show Mad Men.  If you knew me well you wouldn't be surprised by my lateness, afterall  I only learned to drive when I was 27; went to university when I was 32 and didn't get married until I was 35 - so I'm used to being, well, a bit behind the rest of the crowd.  I just have one thing to say about it though: why didn't anybody tell me how good it is?

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I happened to see an episode from the first season recently, then watched another one the following night.  Suddenly I was hooked and had to (yes really, I had to!) order the first 3 seasons on dvd so that I could watch every episode.

Don Draper is a deadringer for a man I once had a very long term relationship with - not in looks but in his ways.  For reasons I still can't fathom, I was with him for 9 years, on and off, and his laconic ways drove me crazy.  Just say something for God's sake!! Draper's mannerisms are unnervingly similar, the way he holds his cigarette (yeah, I can't believe I used to go out with a chain smoker, what was I thinking?) and the grimace when he takes a slug of whiskey.

Yet despite the cathartic nature of watching Mad Men, as I try to work though the failings of my previous relationships, it's the women in Mad Men that keep me watching.  Betty Draper, the ice-maiden; Peggy Olson the ambitious, liberated girl learning to be a woman in a man's world; and the utterly fantastic, voluptuous Joan.  Who would not want to be Joan, she is so beautiful and smart. In fact don't tell anyone but I think I have a girl crush on Joanie.

So I just had to tell you that Mad Men is a great show. Who knew?