I confess. I haven’t seen an episode of ‘Mad Men’—not even one Emmy-winning, drama-filled hour.
The hit AMC show, partially set in Westchester, has always been one of the shows I wanted to fit into my already jam-packed Sunday night viewing schedule (blame it on the ‘Housewives’). But, here I am, as the 1960s period drama kicks off its seventh and final season, admitting I completely missed out on the craze.
I’m sure my Facebook feed will be flooded with ‘Mad Men’ status updates on Sunday night at 10 p.m.—people talking about that Don Draper guy who is apparently the show’s lead character. (What kind of name is Don Draper, anyway?)
If you’re like me and you’re surrounded by people who can’t stop talking about ‘Mad Men,’ yet you still haven’t watched your first episode, here are six ways to get past the secret shame and get on with your Sunday nights:
1. Get caught up: Sign up for a Netflix account and get ready to binge watch every episode from the first six seasons. (Hopefully, you don’t have any plans for the next five weekends or so.) There are also some impressively thorough “Mad Men” recaps available online. Check out the archives at Entertainment Weekly.
2. Learn just enough trivia for the watercooler: Say, for example, you’re chatting with someone at work and they bring up the fact that ‘Mad Men’ is partially set in Westchester, impress them with your knowledge of the many local places mentioned on the show. Get a crash course with LoHud’s handy map.
3. Jump right into the seventh season: It’s never too late to meet the show’s characters for the first time.
4. Become an expert on the fashion: You might not be caught up on the storylines and twists, but it shouldn’t take much time to get up to speed on the show’s fab 1960s fashion. Start with this photo gallery at CNN.com.
5. Drink the cocktails, anyway: ‘Mad Men’ fans love making cocktails inspired by the show. They have viewing parties where I imagine the drinks are flowing nonstop. Go have fun and drink up, anyway! (We could all use a good cocktail, right?) Also try Liz Johnson’s recipes for ‘Mad Men’-inspired cocktails.
6. Forget about it: Sadly, it might be too late for some of us to join the ‘Mad Men’ craze. Don’t be too hard on yourself. The TV gods will forgive you!