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Mad Men and trouble in the suburbs

By David Herman  

[WARNING: THIS DOES GIVE AWAY KEY PLOT DETAILS OF SOME NOVELS/FILMS SET IN THE US SUBURBS—SORRY!]

The first programme in Series two of Mad Men was a huge disappointment. There are two kinds of TV drama series: those which are good enough to sustain a second series and those that aren’t. Mad Men is struggling. The BBC trailer was so much better.

What is it, though, that American writers and film-makers hate about the suburbs? It’s as if they’ve…

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