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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.


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Series cast summary:
 Don Draper (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Peggy Olson (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Pete Campbell (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Betty Francis / ... (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Joan Harris / ... (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Ken Cosgrove (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Harry Crane (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Roger Sterling (89 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Sally Draper (89 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Bertram Cooper (74 episodes, 2007-2015)
 Henry Francis (54 episodes, 2009-2015)
 Megan Draper / ... (49 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Stan Rizzo (46 episodes, 2010-2015)
 Paul Kinsey (40 episodes, 2007-2012)
 Salvatore Romano (39 episodes, 2007-2009)
 Trudy Campbell (38 episodes, 2007-2015)


The professional and personal lives of those who work in advertising on Madison Avenue - self-coined "mad men" - in the 1960s are presented. The stories focus on those at one of the avenue's smaller firms, Sterling Cooper, and its various incarnations over the decade. At the heart of these stories is Donald Draper, the creative genius of the company. That professional creative brilliance belies the fact of a troubled childhood, one that he would rather forget and not let anyone know about except for a select few, but one that shaped who he is as an adult and as an ad man in the need not only to sell products but sell himself to the outside world. His outward confidence also masks many insecurities as evidenced through his many vices, such as excessive smoking, drinking and womanizing - the latter despite being a family man - and how he deals with the aftermath of some of the negative aspects of his life. Written by Huggo

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In June 2016, after he was already the Republican Party's presumptive presidential nominee, Donald J. Trump's campaign filed its monthly Federal Election Commission financial disclosure report for May. The report showed that the campaign had made four payments (adding up to $35,000.00) to a New Hampshire company for "web advertising"; the name provided on the FEC report for this company was "Draper Sterling." An investigation by Judd Legum at the website Think Progress found a money trail leading to strong evidence that this entity was a front run by Trump field operatives. Think Progress also clarified, "Draper and Sterling, of course, are the fictional names of the two lead characters in Mad Men, the hit AMC show about advertising." See more »


Mad Men is set in the early 1960s; however, in several episodes, telephones are shown with RJ-type modular connectors, which were not introduced until the mid-1970s. See more »


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This show rocks
24 July 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I also am utterly bemused to see so many negative comments on this show. I haven't taken to a TV drama so much since 'Our Friends in the North' (UK only I think) For those who seem to think the show is about pointing out the improved morals of the 21st century, or don't catch the story lines as being evolved enough, or think the characters shallow - I'm afraid you're missing the (beautifully painted) picture completely.

Mad Men oozes. It oozes class, style, sophistication, cinematic production, dreaminess and the wow factor. It seeps into your mind. It doesn't leave you alone, lingering around the corners of your mind for hours afterwards.

As a bonus (as if all this wasn't enough) you've got Don Draper (Jon Hamm). If there's a better cast character, being better acted elsewhere on television in the 21st century then I missed it. The fact that Don is also, or used to be Dick, just adds to the dreaminess.

It's gorgeous, just enjoy.

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