Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) - Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC 
Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) and Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) – Photo Credit: Frank Ockenfels/AMC

For those of you who feel nostalgic at the sign of simpler times – but wince just a little when reminded of how things really were, you will be happy to hear that the new season of “Mad Men” is about to begin.  So set your schedules.  It’s time to get frustrated as you watch how men of the advertising industry treated the women of their time – in and out of the home.  It’s time to look into the window of how some women struggled with who they were in the sixties and how some embraced and dared to broaden the barriers to what women could and couldn’t do. Then there’s the ideal of how ideas and business worked in the early days – comparing pitches, customer relations and pressures of balancing work and life that exist every bit as much today.

It’s a divine mess. And it’s all impeccably done… The way the episodes are shot, the meticulous attention to detail true to the era; the décor; the office parties – the way people spoke.  Then there’s the fashion.  Inspiring today’s women to want to wear delicate gloves and pencil skirts just below the knee.  As fashion and culture progress on set while the sixties grow into the seventies, one thing that is more than likely to remain the same – the ever-presence of scotch and cigarettes, which in today’s world, would remind us of old tobacco-ridden clothes and yellow-stained teeth… But in this bubble of a time frame, it remains as sexy and over-stated as ever.

We love this show. For all the reasons stated above and for the brilliance of its creator, Matthew Weiner. It is a great measuring tool of just how far we’ve come in time – and how some things have stayed the same. Perhaps the trick is to know what should and shouldn’t change, remembering nostalgia for nostalgia’s sake.

Returning for its sixth season, this critically acclaimed Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning drama, airs Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere written by creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner and directed by executive producer, Scott Hornbacher. Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 14, “Mad Men” will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Jonathan Igla and Weiner, and directed by Jon Hamm.

Haven’t seen “Mad Men” Yet?

Fans looking to catch up on “Mad Men” can watch the fifth season on AMC On Demand beginning February 11, with season five episodes rolling out each week up to the season six premiere. Viewers can also set their DVR every Sunday morning beginning at 6:00am ET/PT to catch up on past “Mad Men” episodes, including season five, which begins airing March 3, leading up to the season six premiere.