Mad Men is by the Soprano’s writer. I think it’s more depraved. The casual racism, sexism and alcoholism on display is delightfully shocking. What really gets me is how much they drink at work. I’d be asleep on the couch after lunch. These ladies at Slate tried it as an experiment and it didn’t work out too well.
There’s also an interesting discussion on how realistic the sexism is, for example:
I worked at a Fortune 500 company in the late 70s/early 80s, and everyone smoked wherever they wanted to, men smacked women on the behind regularly and made humiliating sexist remarks and nothing was ever done about it. The conference rooms had huge, fully stocked bars and it was routine for a lot of the executives and sales men to gather in there beginning at 5PM and drink for an hour or so “until traffic cleared.” Then they’d drive home drunk.
There’s also a well-written ‘confession‘ from someone who came up in that industry. Mad Men is very interesting stuff, and composed beautifully. I watch Mad Men on Fox FX on Dialog TV. You can download it here if you have BitTorrent.