‘Mad Men’: A TV show considered worthy of study


Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), and Faye Miller (Cara Buono) in "Mad Men". Photo: AMC

We freely concede this is just an excuse to run photos of beautiful people in gorgeous mid-century clothes, but wouldn’t you want to be a student again if it means you can study “Mad Men”?

This fall, UC Berkeley is introducing a two-unit English course in the campus’s DeCal program focused on the “thematically, symbolically, and historically rich television series “Mad Men”.

For those of you who have been locked in a closet for the past few years (even if you don’t have a TV, you surely can’t have missed this?), “Mad Men” is the cult hit AMC show set on Madison Avenue’s booze and cigarette soaked advertising milieu in the 1960s.

The "Mad Men" cast in all their stylish glory

DeCal is a student-run program that promotes student-initiated and student-facilitated group study courses, and the class is being taught by two students who are “huge fans of the show”.


According to UC Berkeley News, after watching every episode of “Mad Men” assiduously, course co-facilitators Katie Dowd, a fourth year English major, and Annie Powers, a fourth year history major, said they realized the plot lent itself to much deeper discussion and thought. “Historically and thematically, there is a lot going on that you can delve into in a classroom setting,” Powers said.

Where can we sign up?