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21 TV Shows You Should Watch Again as an Adult

We are a binging generation. Gone are the days of waiting a full week for another episode of our favorite shows…now we can marathon them all in a day or two…And what better way to spend a lazy weekend than by marathoning some of your favorite shows from childhood?

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Some of the best shows of our youth stay with us for years to come…and when we go back and watch them again, oftentimes we appreciate them on a whole new level.

If you’re looking for something nostalgic and want to dive back into the shows you once knew and loved, here are 21 of the best shows to watch again as a grown-ass adult!

What other shows should be on this list? Let me know in the comments!

21 TV Shows You Should Watch Again as an Adult

FRIENDS

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Why?: Like a great bestie, Friends is always there for you.

Boy Meets World

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Why?: The cheese factor is high with this one, but damn it if every episode doesn’t have at least one nugget of Feeny wisdom.

The Wonder Years

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Why?: Real, flawed characters and heartbreaking real-life situations make The Wonder Years a true TV gem that will resonate with you on a whole new level as an adult.

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

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Why?: While the current episodes may have gotten a bit obnoxious, the older episodes of SVU hit ya hard right in the gut. Watch season 3 and 4 again to remember how amazing and raw this show used to be.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer

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Why?: BECAUSE IT’S AMAZING, THAT’S WHY.

Arrested Development

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Why?: If Arrested Development will do anything, it will make you appreciate your family just a little more.

Family Guy

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Why?: Because Brian is everything.

The Golden Girls

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Why?: Because nothing goes better with wine and cold pizza than four sassy grandmas with smarts and great style.

The Mary Tyler Moore Show

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Why?: GIRL POWER.

Happy Days

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Why?: Sure, it’s sweet with a cherry on top, but Happy Days is nothing if not a pocket of joy on a gloomy day.

Deadwood

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Why?: IAN. MCSHANE.

The Powerpuff Girls

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Why?: Like most great cartoons, The Powerpuff Girls is chock-full of adult humor. The sexual innuendos alone make this show worth a second or third watch. Also can we talk about the sheer comedic genius that is “the city of Townsville”?

Freaks & Geeks

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Why?: Because you don’t give a damn about your reputation. Plus it got Seth Rogan, Jason Siegel, James Franco, Busy Phillips, and many more on the map.

30 Rock

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Why?: Liz Lemon’s absolute love of food makes this show more relateable than anything.

Dawson’s Creek

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Why?: Because first loves and high school romances are always some of the best years of our lives.

Seinfeld

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Why?: Dare I say these four idiots get more and more relatable every year? Ugh.

Rugrats

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Why?: For young families, this is entertainment everyone will enjoy for different reasons.

Gravity Falls

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Why?: Wit, wisdom, and loveable, adorkable characters.

Mad Men

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Why?: The entire show is an ad for the human condition. It’s utterly brilliant in every way.

Animaniacs

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Why?: Pulling the adult humor card here, too…plus you get educational songs about the US state capitals and presidents stuck in your head for 30 years!

The Office

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Why?: Because every office has a Dwight.

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Quidditch Necklace

Forget cricket and polo – every wizard and Muggle knows there’s only one sport worth watching on blustery fall days…

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A combination of basketball, soccer and maybe cricket (?), Quidditch is the sport of the wizarding world of Harry Potter. Played on brooms, the game involves getting balls into goal posts, all while one member of each team tries to capture the illustrious Golden Snitch, which is about the size of a plum and travels at crazy speeds. When a team captures the Snitch, the game is over and that team wins.

Featuring a Quaffle (the big red ball), two Bludgers (the brown balls) and a Golden Snitch, this necklace is a must for all Quidditch fans! The beads are made using clay then tied onto a black cord.

This is a simple and attractive statement piece that is sure to impress Harry Potter fans of all ages.

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Materials:

  • Maroon, yellow and brown clay
  • Round ball tool (large)
  • Clay poking needle
  • Cord
  • Thin gold wire
  • Jewelry pliers
  • Jewelry wire cutters

Instructions:

First, make your large quaffle ball. For the quaffle, I used a piece of maroon clay about the size of my thumb…maybe a wee bit bigger. Roll it into a ball…it’s okay if it’s not 100% even, it gives it a well-worn look!

To try to avoid fingerprints, I put the ball on a needle as I worked. I used the large ball tool to make the indents in the ball, then used the needle tool to make the lines connecting the indents. I also used the ball tool to texture the rest of the ball…then set it aside.

For the bludgers, I tried to make the line around the ball before baking the beads, but I couldn’t get it to work…so I just made round beads, poked a hole in the center, and made the line around the balls (using a needle tool) after they had baked and cooled:

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For the snitch, I rolled a tiny piece of yellow clay into a ball. I still had a little red clay on my fingers, which gave this snitch a little red hue, which I actually really like. I baked all my beads at the same time (about 275 degrees in a toaster oven for about 5 to 10 minutes).

Once the snitch was cool, I took two pieces of jewelry wire and formed wings…then used my jewelry pliers to gently poke the wings into the bead.

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Then all you have to do is string those beads onto a cord and you’re good to go! I used wire to create a little jump ring to help thread the snitch onto the cord since I couldn’t fit the string through the hole in the bead. I also tied knots between the beads to keep them in place.

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I really like how this necklace turned out! It was super easy to make and is a fun statement piece that Harry Potter fans will love!

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17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross

If you were a kid in the 90s, chances are you saw a kind, gentle, big-haired man painting “happy little trees” on PBS when you got home from school. With his calming voice and constant flood of positivity, the entire world found calm and solstice with Bob Ross and his long-running program, The Joy of Painting.

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From winter landscapes to serene lakes and cabins in the woods, Bob Ross took us on more than 400 adventures through the magic of the paint brush. His happy little trees filled us with joy…and even his mistakes turned into “happy accidents”. This was no ordinary human.

Ross was only 52 when he lost his life to lymphoma. Though he’s not here painting anymore, you can still marathon The Joy of Painting on Netflix or YouTube.

In honor of this gifted artist and genuine human being, here are 17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross.

17 Happy Little Facts about Bob Ross

Not surprisingly, Ross was a life-long animal lover. He kept an alligator in his bathtub as a kid and an epileptic squirrel in his empty Jacuzzi.

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Before he became the gentle painter we all know and love, Ross spent 20 years in the US Air Force as a Master Sergeant.

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While he was stationed in Alaska in the Air Force, Ross would paint his happy little trees on the backs of gold pans. He’d sell them for $25 a piece…but now these little paintings could fetch as much as $7,500 at market.

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His signature perm was done as an economical choice so he wouldn’t have to spend money on haircuts. Though his style has become a part of his fame, he actually hated the hair cut.

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One of Ross’s students, Annette Kowalski, was the one who actually “discovered” him. After taking one of his five-day courses, she became enamored with is calming voice and positivity. She became his manager and helped him broker the deal for The Joy of Painting and his line of art supplies.

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The Joy of Painting ran on PBS from 1983 to 1994…and Ross did every episode for free. His company sold art supplies, tapes, classes and courses, which is how he made his money.

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How did he do all those shows for free? Well, he would easily tape an entire season in about two days. That freed him up to teach classes, where he made his real income.

Though the viewing audience loved him, Ross wasn’t as well received with his fellow painters. Several called his art “formulaic” and “non-expressive”…and several art stores would hide his supplies near the back of the store so as to “not offend” other artists.

Ross rarely painted people in his art. Kowalski has said that none of the cabins Ross painted on his show had chimneys because chimneys represent people, and he didn’t want any sign of a person in his paintings.

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Though The Joy of Painting was intended to be instructional, only 10% of viewers actually painted along with him.

Ross really did love trees. In 2014, a statistical breakdown of Ross’s work on The Joy of Painting found that 91% of his pictures included at least one tree…and if he painted one, there was a 93% chance he would give that little tree “a friend” (another tree).

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There were three paintings done of each picture shown on The Joy of Painting. One was done and completed before shooting and kept off camera so Ross had a reference, the other was done on screen, then the final third painting was done after filming for photography, which would be used in his how-to books.

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Ross never sold his paintings that he did on The Joy of Painting, but did donate them to PBS to auction or display.

In the early 90s, Ross was looking to branch out from art and had an idea for a kids show called Bob’s World, where he planned to go out into nature and teach kids about wildlife.

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Two Inch Brush, a site named after Ross’s brush of choice, is the official database that organizes all 403 paintings from The Joy of Painting.

Ross once did an entire painting in greyscale because a color-blind fan wrote in, saying he wouldn’t be able to paint along with him because he couldn’t see color. Ross wanted to show him that he could create something magical even if it’s just in black and white.

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Ross was only 52 when he passed away from lymphoma, but his reruns are on so frequently that Bob Ross Inc and PBS still get calls asking about him.

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You Remember That?

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“I remember everything.”
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Come back every Tuesday for “The Bees Knees”, where I post the best quotes from my favorite movies, TV shows, songs, and books.

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25 Fun Facts about Jurassic Park

Any kid who grew up in the 90s will give you a different list of the best movies of that decade. Some will say Titanic, others will say GoodFellas or The Silence of the Lambs…some might even throw out Toy Story…but chances are Jurassic Park will be the movie mentioned on everyone’s list.

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With more money and awards than a T-Rex could eat in one sitting, Jurassic Park has joined the ranks of outstanding movies that never fail to entertain. It’s spurred 5 sequels, with a 6th due out in 2021, and won three Academy Awards for sound editing, mixing and visual effects. Numbers don’t lie, yo. THIS MOVIE IS DA BOMB.

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Based on Michael Crichton’s best-selling novel of the same name (which is awesome if you haven’t read it), Jurassic Park has become a bit of a cult classic, setting the bar for computer animation and animatronics, as well as inspiring handfuls of students to give up that business degree and focus on studying paleontology.

Jurassic Park recently celebrated its 25th anniversary, and what better way to celebrate this monumental movie than with these 25 fun facts about Jurassic Park?!

So grab some snacks…

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get in some comfy clothes and – most importantly –

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25 Fun Facts about Jurassic Park

When director Steven Spielberg and Jurassic Park author Michael Crichton were working on a little TV screenplay (which would eventually become ER), Spielberg asked Crichton about his next writing project. Crichton told him about Jurassic Park and Spielberg was so excited about it that he approached Universal directly to buy the film rights. Spielberg was storyboarding scenes before the screenplay was even written.

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Spielberg’s other pet project, Schindler’s List, was also in the works at the time, and Universal wouldn’t let Schindler’s List continue without making Jurassic Park first…so Super Spielberg actually ended up releasing both movies in 1993. Quite the feat!

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To get a better idea of how dinosaurs moved, special effects crew members built raptor suits…and got into them.

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Richard Attenborough (John Hammond) is the brother of the voice of Planet Earth narrator, David Attenborough.

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For the most realistic and fact-forward portrayal of dinos, Spielberg had paleontologists serve as consultants on the film, giving feedback on movement, skin texture and teeth.

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The sound of the T Rex roar was reportedly a composite of tiger, alligator and baby elephant sounds.

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The “bark” of the velociraptors was made by using the sounds of mating tortoises. HOT.

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After Jurassic Park was released, researchers took a deeper dive into the sight and smell capabilities of the T Rex. Turns out the T Rex probably had excellent vision in addition to fabulous olfactory glands.

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Since both Jurassic Park and Schindler’s List were running pretty much at the same time, Spielberg had to quickly shift gears once JP wrapped so he could finish SL. He handed the post-production responsibilities over to his friend, George Lucas, who was given a “special thanks” credit in the final Jurassic Park film.

Due to the near constant rain, some of the robotic dinos would malfunction on set, causing them to “come to life”. The crew would be eating lunch and the massive T Rex would turn itself on, terrifying the crew.

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The T Rex robot was actually quite dangerous in real life. It weighed about 12,000 pounds and had to use flashing lights to announce when it was about to come on.

Perhaps the scariest scene in Jurassic Park was when the T Rex breaks through the glass in the roof of the car. The reaction from the kids is pretty genuine, as the glass was not supposed to break. Spielberg liked the shot so much that he kept it in the film.

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Ariana Richards (Lex) won her role in the film after her audition (a blood-curdling scream) woke a sleeping Kate Capshaw and sent her into a tizzy to see if her children were okay.

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In this scene in the control room, you can see Jaws playing on the computer:

Having Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) distract the T Rex with a light so Grant could save the kids in the car was totally Goldblum’s idea. What a hero!

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The helicopter scene where Grant ties two seatbelts together (two latches and no latch plate) foreshadows a later scene where the dinosaurs are suddenly able to breed, despite the fact that they were all originally female.

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In 2005, paleontologist Dr. Mary Schweitzer discovered red blood cells and soft tissue in the fossilized bones of a T Rex, meaning dinosaur cloning may someday become a reality.

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There are only 15 minutes of dinosaurs in the first Jurassic Park film.

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In its initial release, Jurassic Park earned $357 million domestically and $914 million worldwide. It held the record for highest grossing movie of all time until 1997, when it was beat out by Titanic.

The Jurassic Park ride at Universal Studios cost about 2x more to make than the film did.

Michael Crichton has said that his views on science and genetic engineering are largely expressed by Ian Malcolm. Spielberg saw many parallels to himself in the character of John Hammond. Both Malcolm and Hammond wear black and white, respectively, throughout the film, to better showcase their opposing views.

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There’s no evidence to suggest that the screaming dilophosaurus was venomous…or had a frill to distract victims. Recent illustrations of the dinosaur have adopted those qualities thanks in part to Jurassic Park. Spielberg: 1. Science: 0.

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Jeff Goldblum and Laura Dern began a romantic relationship after meeting on set. They actually got engaged after Jurassic Park, but split up about 2 years later. Love…UH…finds a way.

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Not surprisingly, the movie and the book generated so much interest in dinosaurs that the study of paleontology has had a record increase in students. Ross would be so happy!

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During filming and rehearsal, this is what the scary T Rex looked like:

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Hogwarts House Owls

When students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry arrive at the castle for the start of another school year, they’re allowed one of three pets: a toad (WHY), a cat (NO THANKS) or an owl (YES PLEASE).

Owls are perhaps the most useful creatures in the Harry Potter universe, in that they deliver mail back and forth and always seem to know where they’re going and how to get back (the fact that Hedwig knew how to get in touch with Sirius Black after he went into hiding still baffles me).

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If I were attending Hogwarts, I’d 100% pack an owl with me. For one, toads are dumb…even Hagrid says so…and two, I’m allergic to cats so that would be no fun for anyone…plus I’m sure the fact that I’m in Ravenclaw with a whole slew of other bookworms makes me think the place will be overrun with furry felines.

But even if you do decide to bring a toad or a cat, you can still borrow an owl from the Owlry to deliver and receive your post…and these four little owls are sporting their house colors and waiting to bring someone a special message!

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I love these little owls and they were so quick to make! The directions (which can be found here), seem a little weird at first, but just go with it…I promise it’ll all work out at the end!

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For the scarves, I crocheted rows of four stitches until the scarf was long enough to tie around the owl’s neck. Then I added fringe with the complimenting house color and bundled up my owls for a cold night in the Owlry.

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A fun stocking stuffer for Christmas or a cute way to package a Harry Potter-themed gift, these little owls are sure to deliver big smiles no matter what the occasion!

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35 Fun Facts about Mad Men

There are tons of shows I’ll happily binge watch over and over again: Breaking Bad, Pushing Daisies, New Girl, The Office, Parks and Rec, The Wonder Years, Dawson’s Creek…but few shows, or even movies for that matter, continue to amaze me and educate me every damn time I watch them.

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The first time I watched Mad Men, I was transfixed. It was filled with flawed, realistic characters, amazing costumes and set design, and brought to life some of the most popular ads of the 20th century. You couldn’t help but be in awe of the attention to detail and the dedication of the production team to make each episode as historically accurate as possible…not to mention all the pretty people!

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I mean, seriously…

I’m now on my second full binge of Mad Men and I really think I love it even more this time around. I have a better appreciation of office life, family politics, and growing up in a world resistant to change. I can relate to characters in a whole new way, and I can appreciate flaws in characters that I was quick to judge just 10 years ago.

After working on The Sopranos for several years, creator Matthew Weiner took a risk in bringing this era back to life, shedding light on the drinking, the smoking, the sexism, the violence, the racism, the genius, that made the 50s, 60s and 70s some of the most influential years of the century.

Not surprisingly, it took a whole lot of time, manpower and money to keep Mad Men on the air, but what resulted was one of the most well-received, highly-rated programs ever seen on TV. Throughout it’s run, Mad Men took home 7 American Film Institute Awards (Program of the Year for every year the show ran), 4 Critics’ Choice Awards, 8 Emmy Awards (and 52 Emmy nominations), 5 Golden Globe Awards (it won Best Drama TV Series 3 of those times), and so, so many more that it’s just impossible to name them all here. Needless to say, people loved this show.

Want to learn more about Don Draper, Peggy Olsen, Joan Harris, Roger Sterling and the rest of the crew? Check out these 35 fun facts about AMC’s Mad Men!

  • Curious what it was like to be a female copywriter in a 1960s ad agency? Check out Mad Women, inspired by a real-life Peggy Olsen story!
  • For more info about where the cast of Mad Men is now, check out this Where Are They Now post!

35 Fun Facts about Mad Men

Creator Matt Weiner dreamed up the idea for Mad Men while working as a writer on the Ted Danson sitcom, Becker. He wrote the pilot in 1999.

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Three years later, Weiner submitted the pilot to David Chase, creator of The Sopranos, as a writing sample. Chase loved it so much that he hired him to work on his show.

When Weiner was ready to make Mad Men a series, he thought HBO (home to The Sopranos) would be the perfect fit; however, HBO wanted Chase to direct, and Chase wanted to leave weekly TV…so ultimately HBO passed. The show eventually went to AMC.

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Parts of Don Draper are actually based on Draper Daniels, the legendary Chicago ad man who invented The Marlboro Man.

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The pilot was the only episode actually shot in New York. Though the show takes place in NYC, the rest of the show as shot in Los Angeles.

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The first and second episodes of the first season were shot nearly ONE YEAR APART. After the pilot was shot, Weiner took some time to explore whether or not the show was going in the direction he wanted.

John Slattery (Roger Sterling) was actually gunning for the lead role of Don Draper. When asked if he secretly hated Jon Hamm for getting the part, Slattery laughed and said, “…it was apparent from the beginning how annoyingly good he was in that role. I don’t think people appreciate how difficult it is to play something as subtle as he does.”

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January Jones (Betty Draper) was hoping for another part, too. She auditioned twice for the part of Peggy Olsen, but that role eventually went to Elisabeth Moss.

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The fictional Sterling Cooper ad agency made most of its money with its partnership with Lucky Strike. Throughout the duration of the show, Lucky Strike actually benefited from the involvement, nearly doubling its sales during the show’s run.

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Weiner tried hard to incorporate The Beatles into the show, but it came at a steep price. He had to pay $250,000 to license the rights to the song “Tomorrow Never Knows” for the “Lady Lazarus” episode…and it wasn’t even an authentic recording.

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Jessica Pare’s (Megan Draper) rendition of “Zou Bisou Bisou” eventually became the number one song on the Billboard’s World Digital chart.

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Joel Murray, who plays the booze-loving ad man Freddy Rumsen, is Bill Murray’s brother.

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Throughout the duration of Mad Men, there are a lot of cigarettes smoked…a LOT. However (and thankfully for everyone on set!), they are not real…they’re herbal cigarettes and taste disgusting, according to Christina Hendricks (Joan Holloway).

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Sally’s friend Glen is played by Weiner’s son, Marten.

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Speaking of Sally, the actress who plays her, Kiernan Shipka, has supposedly never seen one episode of Mad Men.

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In a recent interview she said she’s gonna hold out until she’s 16 or 17, then binge them all on Netflix. How crazy would that be?!

You may not believe it, but 7 of the 9 writers on Mad Men are women. Take that, sexism!

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Can you imagine Mad Men without Jon Hamm? Or 30 Rock without Alec Baldwin? Well Hamm actually auditioned for the roll of Jack Donaghy, which eventually went to Baldwin. Hamm said there’s a tape of him somewhere talking about “three kinds of heat”.

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Mona Sterling, the ex-wife of Roger Sterling, is actually John Slattery’s wife IRL.

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Peggy left Sterling Cooper Draper Price to work as copy chief at another agency. She left for a $19,000 a year salary, which equates to about $131,000 today. Damn, girl!

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Each episode of Mad Men cost about $2.84 million to produce.

The storyline of Peggy and Pete’s baby pretty much disappears after Peggy gives birth…but Weiner has said in an interview that their baby, at first raised by Peggy’s sister, was eventually given up for adoption.

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Mad Men became the first basic-cable show to be nominated for Best Drama at the Emmy Awards in 2008.

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Don Draper tried to get The Rolling Stones to endorse Heinz beans; however, in 1967 it was actually The Who band who bathed in beans.

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Much of season 3 revolves around a commercial parody of “Bye Bye Birdie”. Birdie is also the nickname Don has for Betty. By the end of the season, he and Betty are divorced.

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Christina Hendricks at first auditioned for a much smaller role: the part of Don’s lover, Midge. I can’t even imagine Sterling Cooper without her!

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The father of Jared Harris (Lane Pryce) is Richard Harris – the man who played the original Dumbledore.

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Vincent Kartheiser (Pete Campbell) is married to fellow actress, Alexis Bledel (Gilmore Girls). Bledel had a small role on Mad Men as well, playing Campbell’s crazy mistress.

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Elisabeth Moss (Peggy Olsen) is a Scientologist.

Before making it big in Hollywood, Jon Hamm was Ellie Kemper’s (The Office, Bridesmaids) high school drama teacher.

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Robert Morse (Bert Cooper) won a Tony Award in 1961 for his role in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

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Costume designer Janie Bryant said that she always repeats one of Peggy’s costumes from the previous season during the next season’s premiere.

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Like his character Don Draper, Jon Hamm was not raised by his own parents. Hamm’s mom died of colon cancer when he was 10 and his father passed away 10 years after that.

Joan’s signature walk originated because of Hendricks’ struggle to actually move in her dress.

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Slattery was nervous that his famous black-face scene would end his career. Several of the writers of the show didn’t even want to be associated with it.

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Hamm was also careful not to make Draper a loveable drunk. He wanted viewers to see what alcohol could really do to a person.

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