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Read the The Atlantic's Interview with Author Brett Martin

There's no denying that the state of television has hit a particularly notable peak in the last decade, with spell-binding sagas like The Sopranos, Mad Men, and more earning praise from fans and critics alike. But, in a way, the success of these shows is a little strange. After all, it's not like Tony Soprano, Don Draper, or Walter White are the most honorable figures in the world. So why is it, despite all their faults, that we continue to be so mesmerized by their characters? The Atlantic sat down with Brett Martin, author of the television critique, Difficult Men, to get his take on what he calls "the Third Golden Age of television." Read the interview here and find out his thoughts on what made Tony Soprano such a lovable felon.

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