“Mad Men” and the misconceptions of another era

MadmengalgroupHe grew up yearning to write for “Playhouse 90” and “The Twilight Zone.”

Unfortunately for Matthew Weiner, he was born about 35 years too late, and as it happened, his break as a TV writer came in sitcoms, not high-end dramas.But Weiner was nevertheless determined to pursue his vision for a series that would capture all of his fascination with American culture in the finger-snapping era of Camelot and the Cuban Missile Crisis, of skinny ties and steel-tipped bras, of the Rat Pack and Sputnik.

By day, Weiner was working on the CBS sitcom “Becker.” By night, with the added motivation of the approach of 35th birthday, he poured himself into penning the pilot of his period-dreams. That was seven years ago. On Thursday, after many a twist and turn his Weiner’s life and that of his pilot script, his baby is set to make a splashy entrance on the heels of effusive reviews and a big marketing push from AMC. The film-centric basic cabler picked Weiner’s “Mad Men,” from Lionsgate TV, last year as the show to leadMadmenweiner_2  the channel into the scripted series realm.

“No network quite got this show until AMC,” Weiner says, and that’s in keeping with the spirit of the show. “This show is all about misconceptions, and our contemporary culture’s misunderstanding of this period in American history and how it influenced who we are today,” Weiner says.

CONTINUE READING TO WATCH A VIDEO CLIP OF “MAD MEN” CREATOR MATTHEW WEINER DISCUSSING THE PERIOD SETTING OF THE SHOW.

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  1. Julie says:

    I don’t know, I remember begging my parents not to smoke at the dinner table and them telling me I was being ridiculous…

  2. ericas stephens says:

    I am of that era and lived in he city,the smoking is so exaggerated I expect one of the actors to catch on fire.Rediculous…smoking at the dinner table while eating was never done,very few housewives smoked.Other than the men acting like dogs towards women which is acurate,the behavior of the exectuves is weak,they were confident,aggresive and brilliant,the program shows them second guessing themselves,consultng women for advice(never done in the 60,s) women wre stupid back then. Come on ,use a consultant!

  3. Maria says:

    I can’t get enough of this show. Not only is the writing brilliant, the actors are so believable and engaging. I started my career in advertising in the 80s and it is fascinating to see how it started. I can’t wait to reread “The Hucksters”.

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