Mad Men has done so much for today’s culture. It’s introduced us to the ruggedness of John Hamm,the sexiness of silver fox, John Satterly, and the curvaceous red head Joan played by the one and only Christina Hendrix. It made men take notice and pay more attention in their fashion, and has also challenged the standard of a woman’s figure. Prada, Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton have all hired curvier women to strut down the runways of the world’s most fashionable cities and the show has also encouraged the fall trend of hip hugging pencil skirts Joan wears so well and cinched-waist dresses popularized by Betty.
The show has also helped me choice a academic focus in school–the 1960’s, to me, the most fascinating decade of all time (well maybe besides the decade we live in right now).
It’s reminded us of unequal times and at the same time, reminded us of a simpler time.
Mad Men has also inspired other television networks. The 1960s show that airs on AMC has influenced America’s biggest prime time networks–ABC and NBC. This fall I’ll be watching two 1960s themed shows: Pan Am, about female flight attendants during a sexist era, and the Playboy Club, which glamorizes the playboy girls of the 1950s and 1960s although their jobs where far from liberating.
I must admit, I’m anxious to watch both of these shows come fall but only one 1960’s show holds most of my heart–Mad Men.