First, let me point out that I have LOVED Mad Men since discovering this television masterpiece back in 2007. Set in the 60s, it was a great tribute to that era and also a very aptly done salute to advertising’s contributions to popular culture while also pointing out how tough the whole creative process has always been, how competitive the advertising industry is, etc. The show also helps remind us in some not-so-suble ways that the good old days weren’t always good. I could go on and on about how this show entertained me, but if you’re a fan, you know what I’m talking about.
My deep concern – and I had to hold myself back writing about it ever since learning that this was to be Mad Men’s last season - was that like so many finales to so many shows to whom I’ve been a loyal patron for numerous seasons, this one would end tragically. When I say “end tragically,” I don’t necessarily mean that someone dies or that we’re left pondering what the heck happened, but that it just ends. Like switching off the TV in mid-program. Pffft!
Thankfully, thankfully, thankfully, that was not to be the case with the Mad Men series finale. Bravo, series creator Josh Weiner! Bravo, sir!
Overall, I thought a lot of very appropriate things happened in this last episode, including Peggy finding true love. Imagine how all the Peggy fans out there must have cheered at that moment and I…er…uh… I mean they, they dabbed away tears of joy.
Lots of other stuff happened, too, and the ending? I thought it was just superb! If by chance you have not seen it, I shall not endeavor to rob you of the experience. However, if spoilers are your thing, you can read all about it here. If you saw it and just want some additional perspective, you might enjoy that site, too.
Thank you Josh Weiner. Thank you AMC. Thank you Mad Men writers and cast. And Thank You Netflix for democratizing programming in such a way that any of us can have a Mad Men Marathon any time we want to for only 7 Bucks a month!
It’s a great world, a great time to be alive, and it’s all been brought to you by marketing! Next time you see a marketer on the street, salute him or her and thank them for their service to our way of life!
The general raising of the standard of modern civilization…would have been impossible without the spreading of the knowledge of higher standards by means of advertising.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt