I hope to write my term paper on the AMC series “Mad Men.” I am interested in “Mad Men” because it has a very clear auteur, Matthew Weiner, and uses a lot of the HBO style techniques we have talked about. I have not totally decided on my argument but it will likely have to do with “Mad Men” as the epitome of an auteur show. Weiner often runs around controlling every aspect of the show – is there such a thing as too much involvement from one single auteur? Also, “Mad Men” was the first basic cable show to win “Best Drama” at the Emmys, indicating that it was important in the rise of quality cable television. Alternatively, I might make an argument about “Mad Men’s” use of the past to explore present social messages. For example, “Mad Men” exposes many racial, gender, class, and religious tensions from the 1960’s in order to talk about things today. There have now been two instances of rape that, while clearly rape, have raised skepticism in some viewers (ie many people do not consider that they were rape, even though we’re supposedly past the era of the 1960’s). Whichever way I end up taking the essay, I hope to explore the crucial role of “Mad Men” in television history.