I started watching "Mad Men" maybe just last month. I don't have cable, so I wasn't swept up in the fury of a revival of the early 1960's like the rest of the country hinted at. It sadly hasn't taken over the horrible excuse that is the fashion trends of today (leggings and tights as pants, dolman tops, ill-fitting, cheaply made clothing in general). Everything worn in this show is well made, tailored to fit and none of the characters would be caught dead at the mall in pajama pants with large words scribbled across their butt. Bleecchh.
I stopped watching at episode 30 (I think) because I watched past where my husband left off. I thought he didn't like the show, so I kept watching, wanting to see what happens next. It's definitely a well written show, but I can't seem to figure out why I'm so hooked. It is because it takes place in the early 60's? If it was present time, would I feel the same way? The plot lines would be different in modern times for sure. I also like that Tim Hunter (writer of "Over The Edge" and "River's Edge") is involved.
So, to tide me over, I've been watching my "Bewitched" DVDs. There's actually more than a few others online who made this same comparison. Darin Stephens (Dick York's character on "Bewitched") is an ad executive on Madison Avenue, New York just like "Mad" Man, Donald Draper. That's basically the gist of it, all the advertising talk and such that occurs in both shows. Of course, "Witch", Samantha Stephens (Elizabeth Montgomery) is the main character in her show, whereas, Betty Draper (January Jones) is placed fourth in the credits.