Currently on special offer on Amazon for 1st series - £12 dvd boxset.
I'm thinking of buying it.
Obviously mate it depends what you're into, but for that money this is well worth a punt. As a general rule I don't like US TV - I couldn't for the life of me see why everyone raved about The West Wing
and I gave up on Lost
after two episodes; same with comedies like Frasier
etc. That said, I didn't catch The Sopranos
and since it seems to be out of the same stable as Mad Men
I might invest in a DVD of that.
Like I said earlier, Mad Men
is well acted; Don Draper is very much the centre of the show but there is a strong ensemble cast. Don is the Creative Director of a Madison Avenue ad agency; his character is a mixture of big-balls Alpha Male, and visionary dreamer, when he almost goes off into a trance and comes back with psychological insights into how a new campaign should aim for its targets' inner desires etc. His wife is gorgeous but he is a compulsive womanizer. His boss / mentor is just as bad a womanizer but is cheerfully self-aware about it - he's just satisfying his appetites whereas with Don you get the feeling that he doesn't really know why he is like he is. There is a silly back-story about how he stole the identity of "Don Draper" from a comrade killed in Korea, which I suspect may have been added in to the storyline at the last minute. Other than that it's an excellent show, which puts across what seems like a very well thought-out impression of NY life in the early 60s. It is pretty much free of anachronisms but occasionally you get the feeling that the show is pointing out features of life in those days to mark out that era as the genesis of the world we know today (e.g. in this week's episode the office gets really excited when a gigantic new Xerox machine is delivered).
I don't know your circumstances of course, but at £12 I'd recommend the DVD like a shot.