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A Behind The Scenes Peek At The Making Of 'Mad Men' 10:05

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Boston University alum and "Mad Men" director, Jennifer Getzinger. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)
Boston University alum and "Mad Men" director, Jennifer Getzinger. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Fans of the show "Mad Men" know that the AMC series never fails to pack a punch.

Set in the 1960s at an advertising firm on New York City's Madison Avenue — hence the name "Mad Men" — the show focuses on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), a creative director at the firm who is simultaneously genius and tortured. Draper's work earns him awards but his personal life is nothing but trouble.

Beyond the world of Don Draper are the people who live and work around him: the women, the junior creative team, the business partners, the family. Through the lens of the agency viewers witness American life in the 1960s and some of its less desirable characteristics: racial tension, homophobia, misogyny. These issues evolve on screen in a captivating and emotionally poignant way.

Director Jennifer Getzinger has been there since the beginning. She started working as a script supervisor on the pilot and has since become a director. Getzinger's episodes have garnered praise and attention. One of those episodes, "The Suitcase" was nominated for a Directors Guild of America award.

Getzinger, a Boston University alum, joined Radio Boston in studio to dissect "The Suitcase" and will screen the episode and take questions Friday evening as part of BU's Cinematheque series.



This program aired on February 3, 2012.

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