Note: I’m starting a new thing. Each Friday, I’ll be writing a list detailing why I love something in life I find really awesome. Sometimes it will be about big things, sometimes it will be about small things. Sometimes it will be about really frivolous things. Sometimes it will be about really serious important things. I just want to remind me and you how much cool stuff there is in this world.

Kiernan Shipka as Sally Draper

Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) – Mad Men – Season 6, Episode 2 – Photo Credit: Ron Jaffe/AMC

Mad Men is back this Sunday, and I could not be happier. I’ve always had a thing for character-driven dramas and I have to say that Mad Men is one of the best I have ever seen. Here’s why it’s one of my favorite shows (It goes without saying that there are spoilers to follow):

1. I love the way that each episode stands alone and works as a short story, but that they come together to tell a larger story overall. The show is particularly masterful in the way it tells the story. Small details suddenly become very important. People you thought were gone for good pop up unexpectedly. Plot threads get dropped for years sometimes, only to be picked up again in ways you least expect.

2. I love the way the small world of Sterling-Cooper(-Draper-Pryce) is a microcosm for the sweeping changes taking place in society at large. And I love how the changes that happen at SC(DP) never happen because the powers that be decide that it’s simply the right thing to do. They don’t think “Peggy is really talented so of course she should be a copywriter” or “Joan has been instrumental to this business from the beginning so it makes sense that she becomes a partner” or “Yeah, cigarettes really aren’t great for you so maybe we shouldn’t be helping them sell” or “You know, it is about time we stop being such a white-washed company; let’s embrace equal opportunity hiring.” No, they always move ahead because someone is trying to spite someone else or play someone else. I like that because it makes the characters much more real and nothing feels like an after school special where everyone learns a very important lesson about equality.

3. I love that the characters are so well-drawn. They aren’t saints; they aren’t monsters; they are complex and fallible human beings who have complicated motivations for the things they do. I especially like that the show allows the women characters to be just as messed up and wrong and complicated as the men. They aren’t ciphers; they have their own motivations and get to be the center of the story. And the show does not shy away from letting things get very messy and complicated and letting beloved characters do things that are absolutely wrong and despicable sometimes.

4. I love that there is such attention to detail, especially with the costuming. I love vintage wear, and this show is just full of wonderful costuming. And they have really done their research with how fashions changed throughout the sixties and how the different age groups would style themselves. It makes it so much fun to watch.

As you can see, I highly recommend the show. All five seasons are on Netflix, and season six starts on Sunday. Will you be watching? Do you love the show as much as I do? Or do you not like it? Let me know in the comments.