I don’t know about you but over the past fortnight I’ve bailed on almost all plans with friends because I was informed that Mad Men was leaving Netflix on June 9th. Last night, at a few minutes past 12 am I was forced to reckon with having a particularly succulent season 5 episode leave me blue in the balls after it was pulled from the streaming service. I did not sleep well because I was furious.

Today is a new day. A day in which I received a press release that didn’t leave me squirming in anguish. A press release that revealed that the eternal sexiness of Jon Hamm and his troupe of suits had not disappeared forever, but instead traversed over to Stan. The world is healing, nature is beautiful etcetera, etcetera.

These are extremely grim times, times where we’re all teetering towards the edge of burnout and it is important that we take a moment to ourselves to simply relax. It’s hard to turn off when the world as you know it seems to be crumbling around you. It is necessary though. I can not stress how soul-soothing the power of putting your phone in another room and wholly investing yourself in a TV binge is.

Mad Men is essential tv. Set in the early 1960s — the “Golden Age” of advertising— the drama is a mid-century modern fanatic’s wet dream. Thematically dense and impossibly stylish.

Mad Men is the brainchild of Emmy and Golden Globe-winning executive producer Matthew Weiner (The Sopranos), and boasts a truly exemplarily ensemble cast, including Emmy Award-winner Elisabeth Moss (The Invisible Man), Christina Hendricks (Good Girls), January Jones (The Last Man on Earth), Vincent Kartheiser (Das Boot), John Slattery (Spotlight), Jessica Paré (Hot Tub Time Machine), Rich Sommer (In the Dark), Aaron Staton (Narcos: Mexico), Emmy Award-winner Robert Morse (American Crime Story), Kiernan Shipka (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina), Jay Ferguson (Twin Peaks: The Return), and Christopher Stanley (Waco).

It’s god damn brilliant.

On this particularly rainy day, we think you deserve to coup up with a goblet of whatever the most heavily discounted Marlborough region pinot noir is, and immerse yourself in the realm of Mad Men.

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