#1. Mad Men
The year's best new show is a time machine: It recreates the style, mores and ideas of 1960 with astonishing detail and even more astonishing clouds of cigarette smoke. It's also a timeless machine: Don Draper is a self-reinventing American protagonist in the mold of classic characters like Jay Gatsby and Huck Finn. Unflinching in portraying a sexist, un-P.C. time, Mad Men gives its men and women depth and complexity. And that's not just blowing smoke.
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