Originally Posted by McKid A
Oh, that continues as a major trend. Racist, misogynistic, homophobic...the leading males tend to be all those things. But it doesn't mean the show looks fondly upon it. The writers clearly want us to see how ugly these people (and the culture that produced them) are, with their actions deeply hurting the most likable characters and tearing their own lives apart.
Kind of assumed that, but from the other posts in this thread it doesn't appear as though the female characters just sit back and take it. They actually make it interesting.
After the first episode I was left thinking, "Yeah, I get it. They smoked and treated women like objects." It's not that I was surprised by the portrayal the time period, it just seemed as if they were hell bent on making sure we got those two messages across loud and clear without much else to show for it. I like shows with plots beneath the detrimental behaviors.