If you work in advertising, think it sounds like a hoot or are a client wondering what your agency does all day, here are some current and past TV shows for your viewing pleasure.
(Comedy Central, 2017)
A new sitcom about two ad execs in Detroit starring Sam Richardson and Tim Robinson. It’s executive produced by Lorne Michaels (Saturday Night Live) and comedian Jason Sudeikis – among other funny folk – so there’s your cred right there. Only a few episodes have aired so it’s a good time to catch up on this humorous look at the industry.
The Crazy Ones
If you’re missing beloved star Robin Williams, stream this one-season wonder to watch him again in all his glory as the head of a prestigious ad firm. The show also stars former vampire slayer Sarah Michelle Gellar and was created, written and produced by David E. Kelly (Ally McBeal, Boston Legal).
If you were on an 8-year sabbatical and didn’t watch Mad Men, hunker down to binge the full 92 episodes immediately. Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones and a slew of other amazing actors, Mad Men lets you into the lives of the execs working at one of New York’s top advertising agencies in the 60s.
The Real Mad Men of Advertising
(Smithsonian Channel, 2017)
Exactly what it sounds like, a real account of the advertising industry in the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s.
The reality show that went behind the scenes at a real agency, won a Critics' Choice Television Award in the category of Best Reality Series – Competition. It’s worth a watch if you’re curious about the innerworkings of the machine.
Nearly cancelled after the death of its original star, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Happyish chronicles the yearnings and moods of ad exec Thom (played by Steve Coogan) who struggles with being forty-something in a youth-obsessed culture. And his struggles are sometimes animated.
Drop us a line if we missed any. And if you’re more interested in seeing your brand’s advertising on TV than watching TV about some other brand’s advertising, give us a shout about that, too.