Mad Men

And now for a different kind of March “Mad”-ness: the return of AMC’s Mad Men on Sunday, March 25.  The series, which premiered in 2007, has garnered a lot of attention and praise, earning several Emmy and Golden Globe Awards.  The drama, set in the 1960s, looks at the world of advertising executives of Madison Avenue.  While the advertising game and its strategies are part of the story, the main draw is the private lives of the men and women of the agency Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.
 
Whenever Hollywood has tackled the subject of ad men and women and advertising in general, it’s been mostly for laughs.  Occasionally there is a more serious approach, such as Mad Men and The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, both featuring main characters whose past decisions continue to affect their lives and the lives of everyone around them.

But for laughs and just for fun, you can’t go wrong with the following movies and classic TV series about advertising and ad execs.  There are even a couple of movies about how an ad can bring sudden fame – and more than a few problems.

 

For a different look at the world of advertising, check out POM Wonderful presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold, Morgan Spurlock’s documentary about product placement, particularly in movies and TV.

Finally, for die-hard Mad Men fans, the books Mad Men Unbuttoned: a Romp Through 1960s America and Mad Women: the Other Side of Life on Madison Avenue in the '60s and Beyond give further insight into the life and times of the real-life Don Drapers and Peggy Olsons.