Of course, most of it is b.s. as in all mainstream dating advice. But there are pearls of truth shimmering through. In particular, the "Strut around with supreme confidence" is key in understanding why women watching the series intuitively feel convinced that he is the kind of man who gets a lot of action (and for whom they do not feel any moral outrage about him cheating on his wife).
It is interesting to note that the writer of Mad Men was also a writer for "The Sopranos". Both series portray two different types of The Man (read: uber-alpha). And even though their behavior is fictional and bordering on caricature, there is much to learn. Whether intuitively or consciously, the writers and actors in both series exemplify human traits that will either attract or appall women. And attracted they get.
So what is it? Can you believe the sketch that first and foremost you have to be successful and good looking in order to score?
Of course not.
Tony's and Don's secret is much more subtle.
It is their behavior.
They both play high status males. Their whole body language, their tone of voice, the assumptions they make that influence their decisions and interactions with other people (and objects!) - all of this conveys, no screams that these guys are on top of the social hierarchy.
My favorite scene in Mad Men exemplifies the effect of this on women. other men and the audience perfectly. It is a short scene in which Don gets approached by a (bisexual) father who wants him to meet his 21 year old jet set daughter, who he will soon proceed to have sex with. To top the metaphorical character of the scene, the woman is named "Joy".
At this point all these people have to go by to judge Don Draper is the way he carries himself. The daughter even makes a remark about that (hinting at why she selected him). Of course, Don does everything right in this scene.
The beauty of this little interaction is that Don's demeanor gets contrasted with that of one of his underlings. He joins the group and does nothing more than the socially required acts of politeness. Yet, the reaction to him by anyone else in the group is instantaneous aversion. Needles to say this guy doesn't get the golden key for a luxurious vacation in a lavish villa, and he won't even get laid.
This is very interesting and telling about a brutal fact of life.
On the surface the low status guy does nothing different than the high status guy, yet there is an instantaneous transmission of who is worthy of the Joys of life and who isn't.
I recommend watching it twice. Once with the sound on, and then again on mute.
Things to pay attention to is the amount of relaxation in each persons body as well as the amount of limb movements, particularly of the heads.