Dan and I just finished watching all four seasons of Mad Men on Netflix. This series is as much of an addiction as watching, well, a comedy such as Arrested Development (for some moments & comparisons this blog gives) — and also, the serious & other side of advertising/marketing/etc shows such as Pitchmen, Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den.
In Pitchmen, you got to see the scenes of direct response industry. The inventors, inventions and pieces of how it’s produced, pitched and put on TV to sell.
With Shark Tank and Dragon’s Den you see inventors and/or businessmen asking for the help to continue with their business. This only works out if the product is successful and if the sharks/dragons and businessmen/women come to an agreement.
Even though Mad Men is “fiction” – it’s still highly based on what it was like being in advertisement in the 1960s.
Having said that, the reason I fell so “in love” with this show is of the same reasons I did the other three shows mentioned above.
For one, Mad Men really delivers the 1960s and it was extremely interesting to see the lifestyle from back then. What’s even more interesting is what went on in the work place, that is DEFINITELY much, much different than today. There are so many more rules per every lenient back then.
On the business side, we got to see so much into how sales were made – or, I guess I should say – each ad’s ideas were created and client was brought on. It even shows what happens when there is a loss of a client. This just gives another insight to the industry that I eventually want to work in. I know it’s much different now than then, but still, having seen each end of all of these shows… it still shines to me.
I know that this is pretty short and without details – but I just don’t want to spoil anything for those who haven’t watched. It’s definitely a great show, for sure!