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The University of Mary Washington Student Newspaper

The Bullet Sitcom Spectacular – "Pan Am"

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In the 1960’s, one of the most exciting jobs a woman could get was working as a stewardess for Pan American World Airways. This concept inspired the new ABC series “Pan Am,” which premiered on Sunday, Sept. 27.

The show revolves around four gorgeous flight attendants and the romantic idea of traveling all around the world without the complications of household obligations. The premiere captured the prestige of being a Pan Am flight attendant during “the jet age” by glamorizing it from head to toe, from the hot eye candy in the cockpit to the glamorous lighting in every scene.

Compared to “Mad Men,” a show that takes place in a similar era, “Pan Am” is less obviously sexist. The pilots turn into the flight attendants’ co-stars, as Christina Ricci and the rest of the female co-stars are the focal point of the series.

However, after watching “Pan Am,” I wasn’t falling out of my seat, begging for more. There were no cliffhangers; nothing to leave me suspended in the air. Everything was packaged neatly, wrapped with shiny paper and tied with a pretty ribbon.

Although “Pan Am” has run into a bit of turbulence, hopefully they will have a smoother ride as the storyline progresses.