My husband, he's the real fan. He loves Don Draper and the glamour of the advertising business that he works in. I started watching because he watched the show and I was pulled in. I can't stand Don Draper. I say that, but then I'm reminded of his redeeming moments. When he found out how Joan was going to land the deal and he went to stop her, but it was too late. When he told Sally that she was a very pretty girl, but that it was up to her become more than just that. So many lovely moments between him and Peggy. And finally, in this final season, how he becomes so broken, so lost, but almost seems comfortable with it, ready to accept it (until the last episode). It says something that I can care about a character who really isn't a good person and has so many negative qualities.
What I really love about Mad Men is the women--well Peggy and Joan. They are such strong female characters who take on the male-dominated world and attack it as best they can. Yes there are times when I wanted them to do something more, or tell a man what a lousy snake he was and have that be enough to put him in his place. When they didn't, I was sometimes disappointed in them, but I also had to remind myself that this was a different time. There was only so much they could honestly do or say and still keep their way of life. I loved how each of these women really grew, especially Peggy. Her transformation throughout the series was spectacular. One of the best images of her is in one of the final episodes when she's carrying her box of supplies to the new office and she's got a cigarette hanging out of her mouth and a shocking painting from Roger. There's still a little bit of insecurity about her (we all have our insecurities) but she's so much more confident of who she and what she can do now. And Joan is happy. She truly seems happy with her new business, with her son, and with herself.
I wish I could go on about this, but I'd rather this not be too long. Instead I'll discuss briefly my issues with the final episode. So if you DVR'd it and haven't watched it yet, or if you're going through the series for the first time on Netflix, maybe you should step back and not let this ruin the last episode.
All in all, Mad Men was an incredibly well written, directed, and acted series. Despite characters who are not always likable, you want to keep watching and you do care about what happens to them. If you haven't watched Mad Men, I suggest giving it a try. You will be pulled into this world of advertising that Don Draper seems to have wrapped around his little finger. Enjoy!