While watching “Mad Men” the other night, I started to think about all of the shows I have watched over the years with characters that worked in advertising and wondered, how do these characters compare to the people I work with?

In the 60’s, Darrin Stephens worked at McMann and Tate on the show “Bewitched.”  His wife, mother-in-law and daughter were all witches.  When times got tough, his wife would wiggle her nose and everything would be back in order.  I wonder if any of my co-workers have a wife that is a witch?  Maybe…

In the 70’s, Ann Romano worked at an ad agency on the show “One Day at a Time.”  She was a divorced woman with two daughters trying to make it on her own.  The maintenance person in their apartment, Snyder, was always trying to date her.  I wonder if any of my co-workers are being pursued by the maintenance person in their apartment building?  Maybe…

In the 80’s, Kip and Henry worked at Livingston, Gentry & Mishkin on the show “Bosom Buddies.”  At night they dressed in drag as Buffy and Hildegarde to live in an affordable female-only hotel.  Kip and Henry eventually start their own ad agency Sixty Seconds Street.  I wonder if any of the guys I work with dress in drag at night to save money by living in a female-only hotel?  I also wonder if there is still such thing as a female-only hotel?  Maybe…

Tony was boss of Angela’s house while Angela was the boss of the ad agency Wallace & McQuade on the show “Who’s The Boss?” in the 80’s.  I don’t think any of the women I work with have a male cleaning person/nanny at their house.  Well, maybe…

In the 90’s, on the show “Ned and Stacy,” the couple were married one week after meeting each other.  It was a marriage of convenience.  Ned married to get a promotion at the advertising agency where he worked, while Stacy was sick of living with her parents and thought Ned had a nice apartment.  Have any of my co-workers gotten married because it was convenient?  Maybe…

In the 2000’s we had Charlie Harper, a hedonistic jingle writer on “Two and A Half Men.”  I wonder if any of my co-worker’s lives have been turned upside-down, or closer to right-side up when a recently divorced brother and nephew move into their beach house with them?  Maybe…

When I watch shows with advertising agencies in them I will always compare.  Can you think of any other shows I can compare?

 

Wendy Appelbaum

Director of Financial Services

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