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The Women Behind the (Mad) Men

Considering that Mad Men is everywhere these days (Vanity Fair has an extensive piece on the show this month, and I've noticed on my walks to work that Banana Republic is holding casting calls?!), I decided to break down and catch up on the series before the third season premiere Aug. 16. All I can say is that I'm quickly becoming obsessed with all things '60s fashion and doing my best to remember that cigarettes are not cool.

Now that I'm hooked on the show, I was excited to read all about the women behind the series in today's Wall Street Journal. Ironically, Mad Men's writing team is dominated by women even though, just like 1960s Madison Avenue, a female-dominant writing team is a rarity in modern Hollywood. But on Mad Men, the women writers have brought authenticity to the characters in the show's chauvinistic world, especially the female characters. In the WSJ article, the writers recount a debate they had about whether housewife Betty Draper should have a one-night stand. Although the male writers were against it, they were outnumbered by the women who thought she had to if she was going to take her cheating husband back. Sometimes two wrongs do make a right.

Have the Mad Men writers gotten you hooked yet?

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jelibeann jelibeann 6 years
love, love, love it...and i giggled at the comment about cigarettes not being cool...i cannot stand smoking, but they do make it look so sexy
dikke-kus dikke-kus 6 years
I don't watch it. I did advertising for 20 years and I can't bring myself to see it. Most shows make it seem so glamorous and it's never like that. I start laughing when I see all of the power suits and mysterious meetings. They never show the graphic designers and writers who do most of the brainstorming and come up with all of the ideas the business banks on.
amybdk amybdk 6 years
Add me to the list of those who are hooked. Love the show.
poptart-princess poptart-princess 6 years
no. but i think it's 1950's style is fab. the 50's are the only time i can think of when women were women ( and devastatingly glamorous and sexy women, at that )and men were men.
janneth janneth 6 years
Haven't seen it yet. I know, I know, it's great, and lots of people at my work are really into it.
zabrow zabrow 6 years
i'm hooked! watched all of season one in a week or so, just added all of season two to my netflix cue.
MSucre MSucre 6 years
I am so hooked! The second season is available on On Demand so that people can catch up -- and catch up is exactly what I did! I watched 10 episodes in 1 day! So to answer your question, YES, the Mad Men writers have me hooked! Haven't seen the 1st season yet -- still debating if I should get myself into that just yet...
MSucre MSucre 6 years
I am so hooked! The second season is available on On Demand so that people can catch up -- and catch up is exactly what I did! I watched 10 episodes in 1 day! So to answer your question, YES, the Mad Men writers have me hooked! Haven't seen the 1st season yet -- still debating if I should get myself into that just yet...
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
I LOVE this show and cannot WAIT for the premiere on the 16th.I love that ALL of their characters are so multi-dimensional, and aside from the political/historical context/happenings, each person has their own story, their own struggles, their own triumphs... its brilliant.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 6 years
I LOVE this show and cannot WAIT for the premiere on the 16th. I love that ALL of their characters are so multi-dimensional, and aside from the political/historical context/happenings, each person has their own story, their own struggles, their own triumphs... its brilliant.
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