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The Real Mad Men of Advertising

The Real Mad Men of Advertising

  • Premiered: 
    January 8, 2017
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  • Network: Smithsonian
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Documentary
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
  • Subject Matter: Workplace
  • Tags: advertising

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Plot Synopsis

THE REAL MAD MEN OF ADVERTISING is a four-part documentary series that provides an inside look into the men and women who re-invented the advertising industry from post-WWII America through the 1980s. Driven by memorable, classic ad campaigns -- many of which are in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, displayed in the American Enterprise exhibition -- the series also features clips and interviews with the creators. Ads from Howdy Doody to MTV reveal the impact of commercial culture, while clips and interviews with MAD MEN cast and crew members offer a glimpse into the meticulously constructed world of the iconic series. Their stories are set alongside interviews with the real ad men and women of the 1950s through the 1980s -- from the top ad creators of the 1950s to Brooke Shields, who as a teen model was the centerpiece of a controversial early 1980s Calvin Klein ad campaign.

Production & Distribution

  • Produced by Biscuit Century