It took Mrs. Shullivan and I approximately ten (10) days over successive weekends to binge watch the entire seven (7) seasons of Mad Men which we had heard and especially read so much about this series unique originality and great casting. Well the casting for the most part was accurate. Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Bryan Batt, Alison Brie, and Vincent Kartheiser were true to their characters and most enjoyable. The two characters who I especially enjoyed though were actor John Slattery who plays Roger Sterling, a second generation corporate partner in the ad agency and his Secretarial ManagerJoan Harris (Christina Hendricks). Slattery's character Roger Sterling, as the so-called schmoozer and people person who knows how to (especially) wine and dine his agencies clients and not worry so much about the agencies business itself was always enjoyable whenever he was granted screen time. Hendricks' character grew over each season and although Mrs. Shullivan and I were disappointed on the way she eventually became an agency partner, we felt her partnership was still long overdue, and the large amount of screen time provided to her was proof she deserved every minute of it.
As with most multiple season(s) winning Emmy TV series it takes at least a dozen or so episodes before the characters true personalities and idiosyncrasies are revealed to their audience. You may have noticed that I did not reference actress January Jones, Jessica Paré, and/or Rich Sommer as characters Mrs. Shullivan and I enjoyed because we did not enjoy them. The one character who was totally miscast though was the Draper's next door neighbor's son Glen Bishop played with zero "0" personality by actor Marten Holden Weiner. This just goes to prove that nepotism has no place in a successful Emmy winning TV series especially if your father Matthew Weiner is the series creator. I would have dreaded being either January Jones and/or Kiernan Shipka who were the two actresses who were forced by the series scripts to share air time with this overly stiff and plastic personality of Glen Bishop. Whenever this zombie Glen Bishop was granted screen time with Betty Draper/Francis, and/or Sally Draper Mrs. Shullivan and I looked at each other with disdain for the series creator Matthew Weiner for wasting our time. I was forced to drop my overall IMDB series rating down a notch as a result from an 8 to a 7 out of 10 rating.
There was a missed opportunity by the series set decorators in taking advantage of the time period, the 1960's, in creating some elaborate sets such as in restaurant taverns and go-go discotechs, and plying us intermittently with reminiscent songs of the era not just in the closing credits of each series episode.
In summary the series Mad Men was decent, more hype than happening, but it certainly pales in comparison to my four (4) other longstanding TV series that being, The Wire (2002-2008), Dexter (2006-2013), Gunsmoke (1955-1975), and of course Bonanza (1959-1973).
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