In Mad Men, history plays a starring role

August 13, 2009

Everyone, or so it seems, is talking about Mad Men, the critically-acclaimed AMC drama series known for its visual style and historical authenticity. Set in 1960’s

Temple historian Beth Bailey comments on how historical accuracy helps push the Mad Men storyline. Set in 1960’s New York City, Mad Men centers a high-level advertising creative director on Madison Avenue.

Temple historian Beth Bailey comments on how historical accuracy supports the Mad Men storyline.

New York City, Mad Men centers on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a high-level advertising creative director at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue. The series has won numerous awards and Emmy nominations.

In anticipation of Mad Men’s third season, which is scheduled to begin Sunday, August 16, Temple historian Beth Bailey commented on the show’s historical accuracy and how that accuracy helps to move the drama forward.

“What’s so interesting is the way in which mood is created by historically accurate framing that is chosen with an enormous amount of sophistication to create a sense of character, personality and relationship. Each character has a well-thought out back story that is embodied in the way the dress, the furnishings they choose and the places in which they appear. These are not just part of backdrop,” Bailey said.

Read more of Bailey’s comments on Mad Men in the Temple Newsroom

– Kim Fisher

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