Layover Diversions: The Pan Am TV series

by Chris on October 23, 2011

It may be silly but I’m loving the Pan Am TV series. And I really want one of those big blue duffels.

I’ve been home for 10 days and, among other things, have spent some time catching up with the fall TV season. And my fave new show, by far, is the retro Pan Am

It’s not exactly high drama or great acting. It’s not as well plotted as The Good Wife nor as well written as Mad Men. But I’m still getting a fizzy kick from the costumes, the set designs and above all, the sense of style that permeated flying in the early days of commercial passenger jets.

Kelli Garner Pan Am

While I love Christina Ricci, I’m particularly loving the storyline involving Kelli Garner, a stewardess who is working as a CIA courier. Apparently Pan Am employees really were recruited by the CIA. This MSNBC story by my friend Harriet Baskas has interviews¬† with former stewardesses that confirms it.

If you’re ever in Seattle and want insight into the importance that Pan Am had in making jet travel seem luxurious yet accessible for the Everyman, stop into the Museum of Flight at Boeing Field. The Pan Am display is in the Red Barn portion of the museum, which describes the beginnings of Boeing and how the company got into the commercial airline business. (Here’s my story on Seattle aviation museums that ran in the San Francisco Chronicle magazine).

I have a Pan Am purse that I’ve been carrying around the past few days. I’m received several compliments on it. I think there’s something about the logo that makes people smile. And I’m really craving one of those big Pan Am blue duffels that the actors carry on the show.

Unfortunately, I’m not sure others share my Pan Am love. After starting strong, the show is crashing in the ratings. Here’s hoping it gets picked up for another season anyway.

Pan Am is on ABC at 10 p.m. Sundays. Watch!


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Laurel October 24, 2011 at 4:44 am

I watched the first episode and thought it was OK, but it’s grown on me and I now watch it every week. I love the different destinations they visit and seeing life as a stewardess in the 60s. Hope this show is here to stay.


Angie orth November 7, 2011 at 11:46 pm

I haven’t watched it but certainly want to! Any word on season 2 pickup?


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