Mad Men” and bad moms”

This week I review “Mad Men,” the latest “Show You Should Watch” according to The Vulture blog. American Movie Classics’ multi-Emmy nominee looks back, with 20/20 hindsight, at the lives of hedonistic ad men and their put-upon women in early 1960s Manhattan

In my review I wasn’t able to dwell on one of my favorite aspects of “Mad Men:” its treatment of parenting from nearly 50 years ago. Occasionally “Mad Men” will offer a glimpse of child-raising styles before our present-day safety consciousness. Arguably we’re overly protective today, but scenes like the one below (my favorite moment in any of “Mad Men” episode) show that it’s possible to be too cavalier with your kids; the smoking is the least of it. The children make their appearance about 40 seconds into the short clip:

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“Mad Men’s” second season airs on Sundays at 10 p.m. on AMC. I’ve been trying to find out if the new episodes will get rebroadcast on-line, but haven’t learned anything yet.