Don Draper is a buttoned down, buttoned up, top-of-his-game Ad Exec with a beautiful young wife who may or may not be facing a serious health problem (but who gets sent to a patronizing shrink instead), a free-spirit girlfriend in Greenwhich Village, a secretary who has copywriting aspirations, a potential love interest who may be his intellectual match and a secret family history that comes back to haunt him.
This is fresh and clever writing, which doesn’t shrink from the sexism (the women are constantly infantilized, objectified and/or harassed by the male characters), anti-semitism, classism, and racism of the times, yet treats these issues matter-of-factly and doesn’t hit the viewer over the head. The characters smoke incessantly, and enjoy a belt (or three) of scotch at the office. The costumes, sets and props are spot-on and re-create this era so vividly and accurately you’ll think you’re having flashbacks. If you haven’t seen this program yet, check it out on AMC. And be sure to check out the costume and set photo galleries at the website.
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