Mad Men 1-3 dramatizes suburban American life in the late 1950's to the early 60s, with the fine ear and eye of a first class writer and painter. If you like American short stories, such as those of John Cheever, or the films of directors like Douglas Sirk you would probably enjoy the Mad Men series.
The characters are carefully drawn and involving, the dialogue is smart, the situations dramatized of work and family life are likely to strike a chord. The issues of racial and sexual equality, health, lifestyle, culture and politics are woven into interesting and believable human stories. The acting, set designs, costumes are also part of the pleasure. In an early review of Mad Men I suggested it was a show suitable for those of a certain sophistication and for others there was 'Lost'. A somewhat snobbish view I accept, but I would stick to it, nonetheless.
Finally, this is a terrific show to buy in blu-ray. I have watched all 3 series on BBC, but not bought the dvd. For people who haven't seen the show or don't possess the dvd this seems to me an excellent opportunity to get the blu-ray version. I am not sure I can count on anyone to give it to me, so it will have to be a gift to myself. I will watch the shows again with my wife, who has belatedly also started to appreciate them, and a bottle or two of Bodegas Zapata Catena Alta Malbec.