How can I hope to say anything which has not already been said about this AMC series in over 450 reviews. I can only add my personal reactions. I have been avoiding it for several seasons, since I found the relation between men and women quite disturbing, in spite of the fact that I lived through that early '60s era, but in a somewhat lower class family, where my mother worked in a factory and my father in the steel mills. I was also a bit turned off by the time spend in the bedroom rather than the board room. I loved "The West Wing" because, among other things, it demonstrated how power was far more exciting than sex, and I thought that the new series "Suits" did the same thing. But, after seeing none of my USA, TNT, and TBS series win any awards, and the AMC series raking them in like Hershey Kisses, I thought it was time to give this a try. A nudge from my Facebook friend Esther Schindler didn't hurt.
So, I have discovered that the pace, the dialoge, the characters, and the situations, all framed with superior writing and good acting, really draws me into this world, in spite of its air of testosterone out of control, where the only thing the men want to do with all the women they meet is to get them into the sack. That's an exaggeration, of course, but it happens far more than most other series this side of Californication.
If I had any complaints, it would be that there are very few really satisfying conclusions to the story arcs. One gets the feeling that the big climax will come with the series finale, similar to Josh Lyman and Donna Moss finally hooking up in the next to last episode of "The West Wing." Closing deals with clients just doesn't give me a great deal of satisfaction. There are personal crises, but everything is so low key, one is reminded of how empty people's lives seemed to be before the great cultural revolution of 1964. On the bright side, I am positively looking forward to watching the next season to see how things work out.
It's interesting to compare John Hamm with Gabriel Macht of "Suits". Both characters are eminantly skilled at their jobs, and comfortable in their own skins. But "Mad Men's" Don Draper is understated while "Suits" Harvey Specter is arrogant and just a bit blind to his weaknesses.