Once in a while a television program captures the spirit of the advertising business. Until now there have been two views of advertising. The idealized one led by Darren Stevens on Bewitched and the more recent "Thirty Something" that tracked the difficulties Michael and Elliot had in pleasing clients, their families and themselves.
All of these shows have been surpassed by the premiere of Mad Men on AMC. The show depicts the good, the bad and the ugly of the hey day of advertising. The show reflects a time when women were secretaries and their to "please" the boss, lunch meant three martinis and clients...they are pretty much the same. The show is a travel back in time that anyone in marketing or advertising shouldn't miss.