By Margaret Lyons
Updated November 12, 2009 at 06:10 PM EST

Former President Bill Clinton spoke about health care yesterday, but managed to drop in a few thoughts on everyone’s favorite period drama, Mad Men. From the Sun-Times:

“You ever watch that TV series Mad Men?” Clinton asked. “If I keep watching this program, will I ever find a happy person? Great television. Good drama. But a lot of really painful reminders in that show about how black people were supposed to run the elevators…were supposed to ask permission before they get on an elevator. The way women were treated is appalling….”

Okay, let’s go there: Is everyone on Mad Men unhappy? Maybe. But are they markedly more unhappy than characters on contemporary-set dramas? I don’t think so. Is Pete really sadder than, say, Izzie Stevens? Is Don more cynical about the human condition than Gregory House? Does Sally Draper have more to cry about than Jenny Humphrey? I’m not convinced that our ’60s set is more miserable than our modern one. Except for Betty, I guess.

What sad sacks did I miss, PopWatchers? Who’s the biggest downer in prime time?

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