This is not Deadwood, with its grubby optimism about society’s and the individual’s potential for change. It’s not The Wire or Treme, with their humanistic empathy for citizens let down by governments and institutions. It’s not the black-comically pessimistic Seinfeld or The Sopranos, on which characters crow about improving themselves, then revert to type with a vengeance. Mad Men’s characters are more true to life than any others on TV because they’re so random, inscrutable, and mysterious.
Matt Zoller Seitz
March 05, 2012