Mad Men: Quick Thoughts

George Parker has a spot-on review of last night’s pilot episode of “Mad Men,” along with some perspective of what it was like back in those days.
Lewis Lazare gives it a C+, calling it “a grim story about the dark underbelly of humanity that has precious little to do with the ad world.”
Like George, I thought it was good, but not great…of course, a pilot episode just sets the stage and introduces characters. I can see it easily getting better.
I was kinda struck by how they pulled out some factoids during commercial breaks to fit some advertisers–i.e., telling me that Carnival was the first cruise line to advertise, right before an actual Carnival commercial. [Ed. note: Another instance of this was right before a Geico ad]
Your thoughts? Has there really ever been a TV show or movie that truly got the ad industry right?



About Dan Goldgeier

Dan Goldgeier is a Seattle-based freelance copywriter with experience at advertising agencies across the U.S. He is a graduate of the Creative Circus ad school, and currently teaches at Seattle's School of Visual Concepts. Dan is also a columnist for and the author of View From The Cheap Seats and Killer Executions and Scrubbed Decks.