You know what we don’t talk about enough? Mad men. It’s a great show and we still only mention it in passing. Well, yesterday, I realised that would have to change. If you haven’t watched up till season five, this post may contain spoilers.
I am all caught up with the series now and though I’m a little late to this party I allowed myself to be swept up in a decade of great fashion, old timey advertising, office politics and great, nuanced characters. Seemingly against my will, I found myself disliking some characters at first and then slowly growing to respect them (Hello Megan Calvet Draper). Through these five seasons I have laughing out loud, cried and actually come to terms with all the mainstream fuss about how Don Draper is the sexiest man in shoe leather (see what I did there, with that old timey phrase?)
Here, according to me are the best moments in the series:
How Roger and Draper met. The story is pure back handed humour. Oh Don, you crafty old dog you. Its great how the writers show that the young Don still had that kind of steel edged ruthlessness to him, though it always presents itself cloaked in charm and manners,
Joan Holloway Harris playing the accordion for her douche husbands doctor friends. Zou bisou be damned. If I had to pick musical highlights, this one wins hands down.
The boy Dick Whitman and his conversation with a passing tramp.
Betty Draper taking a shotgun out into the garden and cigarette firmly in mouth, aiming at her neighbours birds.
Pete and Trudy Campbell doing the Charleston.
Every single thing that ever came out of Roger Sterling’s mouth.
Peggy Olsen being adventurous, whether it was with her sexual identity or her lifestyle.
That moment when Don and Megan announce their engagement and the phone rings. “I’ll get it,” she says after there’s a huge pause where no one knows what to do. AWKWARD.
The way Don breaks up with people.
The way Don hooks up with people.
Roger’s LSD trip. How great is it, that an orchestra plays every time he opens a bottle.
The way the writers mixed up the timelines in season five. Example: Far away places.
Megan Draper angry. Now now, there’s no need to throw the plate at the wa…oh. well, that’s that I suppose.