"MAD MEN" appears like a smoke-shrouded blast from a past never before seen on television. The Madison Avenue advertising men are a band of suited snakes, desperate, ambitious and charming. Anyone who doesn't fit into their world -- minorities, women, gays -- is made to feel the sting. While "Men" shows us the harsher side of life in 1960, it all plays out against an exquisitely rendered setting, from the offices of Sterling Cooper to the suburban home of adman Don Draper (Jon Hamm).
"It really gives people a sense of another place, and that's a very important part of entertainment that we have ignored for a while," said creator Matthew Weiner.