Some impatient Mad Men viewers were beginning think that the AMC drama would neglect showing the role that black people played in New York’s advertising industry in the 1960’s, but patience is indeed a virtue.
In the most recent episodes, Matthew Weiner and the rest of the Mad Men creative team have been granting the black characters more screen time. True to the era, their roles still are mainly confined to those of elevator doormen and housekeepers, but these characters make the most out of their limited time on camera by contributing much needed words of comfort and common sense to the series’ primary cast of troubled personalities.
I’m anticipating even more depth will be added to both the African American characters and the show as the impending civil rights movement approaches. I tell you, this series gets it right every week!
Whether it’s tackling topics of marital, gender, or economic issues, AMC arrests my attention for an hour every Sunday night – retaining me in the nostalgic, if at times ominous, world of this gem.
And, as a fan of the series, I dare you to give Mad Men a look-see, in hopes that you’ll join the pack of die-hard viewers. Because, Emmy awards aside, if AMC doesn’t see that we’re watching this compelling drama, we might have to bid Don Draper and Company farewell sooner than we’d like, and wouldn’t that be maddening for the state of Sunday night television?