Wow, this show is pretty horrific. The creator, who is too young to remember anything about this time period, goes out of his way to show every possible bad thing about this time period. . .constantly and universally. Racism, pregnant women smoking/drinking, sexism, gays forced into the closet. Everyone is fairly unlikable. Hypocrites, drug addicts, alcholics, calculating sluts, scummy men cheating on their wives.
I appreciate that all of this stuff went on then but it all goes on now as well. I get the feeling that the creator is trying to make some statements but frankly I think he is being unfair to the people of the time and idealizing today in comparison. Sure the main character doesn't have to be living in "Leave it to Beaver"ville but still. Was there not one good human being in the 50's? Not according to "Mad Men." I can't even see a good side to these people.
In reality these people were the Greatest Generation who beat the Nazis, passed civil rights, opened up the workplace to women, etc etc. We are only where we are because of our parents and grandparents. Show some respect, sonny. I can't see this show getting any traction. The people making it don't like/don't respect their creations. They don't see anything good in them at all. No audience large enough to support this show will every support them in response.