Mad Men Season 4 DVD|
Critically acclaimed Mad Men winner of three consecutive Golden Globes and back-to-back Emmys for 'Outstanding Drama Series' returns rife with possibilities - in a Mad New World. Now the cast continue to captivate as they grapple with an uncertain new reality. Relationships are redefined and people are forced to face themselves and the world around them in new ways. Mad Men continues to question the traditional norms and the simmering social frustrations between women and men with compelling storylines and resonant moments that are sure to enthral fans of the show both new and old.from£12.69 | RRP:
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Average Rating for Mad Men Season 4 - 4 out of 5
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Mad Men Season 4Ross Miller
With three seasons already in the bag, AMC's incomparably classy drama series continues with its fourth season, arguably its best, thrusting things forward into the mid sixties and out with the familiar, perhaps safe, environment of Sterling-Cooper as Don Draper - along with Peggy Olson, Pete Campbell, Roger Sterling, Bert Cooper and Lane Pryce - are forced to form a new company. The aptly named Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce provides new opportunities but also presents new problems for the "Mad Men" of Manhattan. Just as it brings a freshness to the proceedings (both for the characters within the show and for us as an audience) it also means that they have to virtually start from scratch with their client list, the trouble there being that they are officially a new agency and companies aren't exactly knocking down their door with offers, with only the monumental Lucky Strike account to keep them afloat thanks to Roger's contact and/or charms.
Still, while we are out of the familiar and comfortable surroundings Sterling-Cooper, the newly created agency still is business-as-usual for the show. The writing is still top notch, with a subtelty that's rarely matched on any other show right now but still somehow manages to be edgy and apt. Even though the series showcases important and significant historical events - Marilyn Monroe found dead, JFK being assassinated to name but a couple - it also comments on life in our society today through themes such as family life and dysfunction, the importance people place on having a steady job and responsibilities as a human being. The show has a knack of bending, often dark, emotion with sardonic humour. It can go from one extreme to the other episode-to-episode, or even scene-to-scene. For example, in the series high episode "The Suitcase," emotions and home-truths come rising to the surface when two key characters effectively face off against one another. Yet in the earlier episode "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword," it focuses on a humorous rivalry between Don and someone at a rival agency, as well as Roger's cultural intolerances. These episodes, and pretty much all of season 4, demonstrates the shows' uncanny ability to present a mixed back of things to get something out of.
There is a danger with drama shows that they get to a certain point and then start going downhill in quality, whether that be down to laziness on the writers' parts or there simply isn't anywhere else to take the show thematically. Thankfully that isn't the case with Mad Men. Its fourth season has the show at a level as good as its always been, still providing the excellent writing, acting, production design and general air of class that has made it such a hit with audiences and a critical success. Can they keep things riding high with the confirmed season 5? There is nothing in the shows past four seasons to suggest otherwise.
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