It’s no secret I’m a huge fan of the show Mad Men. It’s even in my Instagram bio. But I often feel like a solitary fan. I don’t know many other watchers other than the ones online. Which is why after a particularly moving show, like Sunday’s Waterloo, I consider for a moment who I can call and say, “Did you just see that?” and when there’s no one, I jump on Twitter to see what the fans are saying. I read commentary. I re-watch. I take note of quotes that speak to me. I write them in in my journal. I’m that kind of fan.
This level of fandom is rare for me. I do love television, but I rarely will watch an episode more than once. In fact, here is the short list of shows I consider myself a fan of and that have had the honor of a re-watch or 12: Cheers, Moonlighting, Seinfeld, Friends, That 70s Show, & Mad Men.
It’s a short list.
Waterloo is still on my mind today, 3 days later. Matt Weiner is that good at what he does. So, this morning while my son is writing a poem and my older daughters are doing a biology test, I am writing an old quote from Don Draper, “We’re flawed because we want so much more and we’re ruined because we get these things and wish for what we had.” And, beside that putting down Bert Cooper’s last words on the show, “The best things in life are free.” And then I find myself fleshing out an essay on these two quotes because that’s what Mad Men does to me! It gets in my head and makes me think. It makes me want to write essays about it!
How many shows can claim that?
And it’s not just the characters, although Don Draper, he takes up a lot of space in my thoughts on the show, it’s the story that gets told with these characters. It’s gold, my friends. It’s wisdom and life and when you start watching everything you see and hear will connect somehow to a Draper quote or a Mad Men scene. Even Emily’s recent post seemed to tie in perfectly with Bert Cooper’s exit scene, in my mind.
And, oh, my dears, those of you who have never watched Mad Men, what a treat you have ahead of you. Seasons all at once of new delight. Be sure and call me up for a chat after the particularly moving episodes. I’ve been waiting a long time to discuss it.