The one to watch: Mad Men Season 3

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I have blogged on numerous occasions about Mad Men. It recently won – for the third year running – the Golden Globe award for Best Dramatic Television Series. Fellow Mad Men aficionados will know why.

We get a lot of TV from the States here, the quality of which is variable. But we get some real gems, too, namely True Blood (exceptional), Glee (just started, but so far so good) and of course Mad Men (devastatingly good).

Mad Men season 3 premiers on UK television this Wednesday 27th January at 10pm on BBC4.

In case you’ve had your head in the sand and not watched Mad Men before, the overview is as follows:

Set in 1960s New York, the sexy, stylized and provocative AMC drama Mad Men follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising, an ego-driven world where key players make an art of the sell. The latest season of the show takes place in 1963.

Since its debut, the series has garnered an Emmy® Award for Outstanding Drama Series; two Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; a Producers Guild Award; two Writers Guild Awards; AFI Awards for one of the Top 10 OutstandingTelevision Programs of 2007 and 2008; both the 2008 BAFTA Award and Royal Television Society Award for International Program; and four Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year. Returning for its third season, the world of Mad Men is moving in a new direction — as the business world and the private life of Don Draper become complicated in new ways.

Created, executive produced and written by Emmy® Award winner Matthew Weiner, this drama series stars Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery, Christina Hendricks, and January Jones along with guest star Robert Morse. Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton , Rich Sommer, and Bryan Batt round out the cast.

The Premise: The series revolves around the conflicted world of Don Draper (Hamm), the biggest ad man (and ladies man) in the business, and his colleagues at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. As Don makes the plays in the boardroom and the bedroom, he struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. The series also depicts authentically the roles of men and women in this era while exploring the true human nature beneath the guise of 1960s traditional family values. (Source: AMC)

There are some good photos on the Radio Times website of Jon Hamm, who plays Don Draper.

4 thoughts on “The one to watch: Mad Men Season 3

  1. I agree completely that True Blood is exceptional. One of the best TV shows I’ve seen. I didn’t subscribe to HBO when it came out, but I picked up the DVD set of Season 1 on wicked sale on impulse and I got *TOTALLY* hooked. So hooked in fact that I subscribed to HBO for the first time in my life just so I could start watching season 2 — I couldn’t wait for the DVD set to come out.

    I haven’t started watching Mad Men yet though I know it’s great even from just the few clips I’ve seen, and I have season 1 on DVD (I have a lot of DVDs I haven’t watched yet).

    I generally prefer to wait until a series has been around for a while before I start watching it: I like to devour seasons all in one gulp 🙂

  2. Justin – yeh, good isn’t it. I’m only just into series 2 of Mad Men so I’m having to record season 3 which has just started here. It’s the kind of thing you can savour over time though.

    Birdy – yeh! As is your namesake, hehehe!

  3. Pingback: Mad Men – the best thing on television « The Year Zero

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