The billboards around town were controversial, but the show is well worth your Sunday night viewing. The first thirteen-episode season won the Golden Globe for Best TV Drama and the Writers Guild of America Award for Best New Series.
Set in New York city in the 1960s, the show focuses on an advertising agency and the people working there. Not only is it a fascinating insight into the history of advertising and how it has evolved but the show depicts the era’s social norms which make for uncomfortable watching in today’s society. The characters quickly draw you into their world.
Whether it’s drinking and smoking behaviour, gender inequality or sexual harassment (although it wasn’t seen that way), racism (the first episode includes a number of comments made about Jews) or their general worldview, the show points out how much society has changed in some ways and yet not in others.
Watch the first episode of Mad Men, tonight on PRIME at 8:40pm.