One thing that knocks me out on this show is the class distinctions.
Top of the list and most obvious (set up in the very first scene of the series) is white/black. The only blacks ever seen in the series, to date, have been in service roles; the busboy, elevator operator, household help, etc.
And the Jews… that’s almost a whole different hierarchy.
The women. It’s right there within that first conversation in Smoke, between Don and the busboy… Ladies love their magazines. And they both laugh; white and black, at the silly ladies and their silly magazines.
But what fascinates me is the secretaries. (more…)