Parents' Guide to

Pan Am

By Kari Croop, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Nostalgic take on air travel plays like schmaltzy melodrama.

TV ABC Drama 2011
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age 12+

Based on 1 parent review

age 12+

realy good

i am a man who cant understand why CMS gave this show a two star rating when i have been watching it for the past three weeks and i love it so far and like i said i am a man so i guess some like good tv and some dont

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Too much sex
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For a while, Mad Men was the only TV show capitalizing on the look and feel of the 1960s, and it did so with sleek sophistication and a devilish wink. But in light of its success (and multiple Emmy Awards), other lookalikes began to emerge, including The Playboy Club and Pan Am. The only thing the three series really have in common, however, is their time period. Because the truth is, each show's attitude and approach is entirely different.

With a sweeping soundtrack and dreamy shots of sun-streaked skies, Pan Am takes the clear position that the 1960s was a golden era -- a time when air travel was still stylish and glamorous, before passengers were cranky and cramped. It was also a time when women were still expected to look and act a certain way, and these characters are all too happy to conform -- in a near-Stepford Wives fashion -- in exchange for the freedom of seeing the world. But instead of acknowledging and exploring that intriguing slice of women's social history, the series simply glosses over it with broad, sappy strokes.

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