Originally Posted by Phat Endy
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.
When I watched this world, I thought it was some sort of male fantasy type thing... drinking all the time, womanizing their secretaries.
About midway through ht 1st season (maybe earlier) I realized that all the misogyny, sexism, alcoholism, nihilism, racism, homophobia in the show was just an indictment of that behavior, and of the time. I would say it's probably the most profound show on TV, actually.