Mad Men, for me, was also an explanation of why the fuckwit assholes in Marketing always had it better than us developers, who, ya know, actually wrote the fucking software.
Mad Men was just morally bankrupt opportunists making buckets of money for intangible and unfalsifiable reasons. They made up the ratings system their success was measured by, and then - as if by magic! - were hugely successful. Clearly they were more skilled and more valuable than the people who invented the fucking product in the first place, because they made up "It's toasted."
Mad Men was cathartic for me; yeah, the shitheads won, but because they were empty and soulless, they never enjoyed their success... they just craved more.
And it helps me understand politicians for what they really are.