Don Draper & Tony Soprano: Smoking Alpha-Males at Mid-Life Crisis

The pilot episode of Mad Men tracked the 1960 day-in-the-life of the smoking, charming, Don Draper at mid-climb up the slippery advertising ladders of Manhattan.  He’s confident, women roll out of bed with him and greasy-haired society boys wish they could be him; what’s not to like?  Then, in the episode’s final scene, he pulls into the driveway of his domestic life in the suburbs.  And to boot, his wife is a model and his kids are cute. It’s a great “reveal” that sets the tone for the rest of the double-life that is “draped” from the rest of the world.  As the series moves along, we discover plenty of dark secrets including a war-time identity switch and an odd California marriage to a doomed nice lady.   There’s this tightrope walk that my wife and I have with many of these successful cable protagonists.  Do we want Walt to… Read More…