Tony Soprano, Don Draper, and Other Difficult Men on TV

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Brett Martin discusses the transformation of the television landscape in the late 1990s and early 2000s. In Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad, he documents how channels like HBO, FX, and AMC helped television become a significant and influential part of our culture and how writer-show runners created shows with not-always-likable characters, plots that didn’t wrap up neatly every episode, or subjects deemed safe and appropriate.