Much has been said about the fact that this new season of television includes not one, but two Mad Men copycat shows – The Playboy Club and Pan Am. Much has also been said (mostly from parties involved with said shows) about how they are not copycats, the only similarities being the time period they are set in. I don’t really have a dog in this fight. It doesn’t matter if it’s the exact same show as Mad Men, Parks and Recreation or iCarly. If it looks halfway decent, I’m going to watch it. My standards are not high.
Having said that, I do read a lot about which new shows actually sound promising and which won’t last very long. So, going into it I knew that my best bet was Pan Am. But guys, you know me. I totally watched both. I don’t discriminate. And yes, The Playboy Club is definitely trying to be Mad Men. Pan Am, however, is absolutely not.
I’m only one episode in, but I’m officially hooked. I can’t tell you exactly what won me over, but I think it’s some combination of the clothes, the sassy female characters (I mean, what isn’t Christina Ricci great in?) or the romance of what air travel used to be. Ladies, I should also mention this: Michael Mosley and Mike Vogel.
Without knowing much about it, it would seem that Pan Am couldn’t have much substance – but it’s actually the opposite that’s true. I won’t get all spoilery-y, but let’s just say that in the first episode there was a rescue mission at the Bay of Pigs. You weren’t expecting that, right?
Verdict: This show gets a season pass from me – which isn’t a difficult accomplishment, but trust me on this one. If you’re looking for something to add to your Sunday night TV lineup, look no further!