Mad Men's premier of season 3 is today (8/16).
The show's depiction of the 60s and the oncoming countercultures is highly realistic.
Behind the tailored suited, cigarette breathing, overtly sexist men, lie their
heavy individual problems. The award winning show narrates the tragedy of the modern American man, the realization of the death of the American Dream, if you will.
The most recent Times issue has an article by James Poniewozik describing Jon Hamm's character, Don Draper: "Hamm plays him as charming, philosophical, in some ways rigidly honorable. But he has a deep belief, rooted in his beginnings as an unwanted child, that life is unfair, truth is relative, identity is malleable, and people are, ultimately, alone."

the time article

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