Dick De Jong
July 30, 2011
In this edition of "Queue It Up," I had planned to highlight an overlooked movie that I suggest that you add to your Netflix Watch Instantly Queue. But I experienced a "Stop the presses!" moment when I discovered that Netflix made all four seasons of Mad Men available on Wednesday.
If you haven't seen this AMC TV series that has won multiple Emmys including for Outstanding Drama, then this is your chance to immerse yourself in world of Madison Avenue advertising men and women.
The first four seasons have been based in the early 1960's and revolve around the idea man, Don Draper, played by John Hamm with a patina of suave assuredness that conceals a complex man with a complicated past.
The production designers do a marvelous job of recreating the look and feel of the era, that is, if you can see it through the cigarette smoke.
Though what transports you from episode to episode and through the seasons is the writing. Not only are the storylines engrossing, but the character development is rich, especially for the women.
The writers have created full blooded females, revealing their ideas and opinions as well as their emotions. And the acting by January Jones, Christina Hendricks and Elizabeth Moss add nuances to their characters that make them the equal to their male counterparts.
If you have been a Mad Men fan from the beginning, indulge yourself and revisit all four seasons. With 52 shows, you could treat yourself to one a night for over seven weeks. And Netflix's HD stream looked great.
Next time, I'll get to that movie with an Academy Award nominated performance.
(Editor's Note: If you have suggestions for this Queue It Up feature, leave a comment below.)