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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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 Don Draper (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Peggy Olson (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Pete Campbell (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Betty Francis / ... (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Joan Harris / ... (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Ken Cosgrove (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Harry Crane (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Roger Sterling (89 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Sally Draper (89 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Bertram Cooper (74 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Henry Francis (54 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Megan Draper / ... (49 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Stan Rizzo (46 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Paul Kinsey (40 episodes, 2007-2012)
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 Salvatore Romano (39 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Trudy Campbell (38 episodes, 2007-2015)
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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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Phil Abraham and Matthew Weiner are the only people who directed episodes in every season, including even the two parts of season 7. Weiner is also the only writer who wrote episodes every season. See more »

Goofs

IBM Selectric IIs are shown used in the offices. They weren't available until the 1970s. Mad Men takes place in the 60s. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Don Draper: What do you want me to say?
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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.25 (2009) See more »

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The Best Things in Life are Free
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A perfect cocktail of early 1960s Mad Ave Noir
8 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I don't watch TV drama usually, with rare exceptions: The Sopranos (especially the early seasons) and Entourage, if that counts. Mad Men is one of the most original, refreshingly dark and complex shows I've ever seen on TV. Despite its potential for soap opera story lines, it consistently transcends expectations and explores fascinating characters and a radically changing social environment in a beautifully shot, artfully designed and, above all, excellently acted manner. After watching virtually no TV recently (less than three hours per week), my wife and I have been hooked all week, catching up on every episode - although we have yet to see the first, which a technical glitch in our On Demand service is holding tantalizingly out of reach. I loved Todd Haynes' Far From Heaven, and this is like a generously extended - and in some respects even more fascinating - adjunct to that. Madison Avenue is the perfect prism through which to view the early 1960s, and Mad Men, with its post-noir, Nixon/JFK/beatnik/martini melange, is a hugely enjoyable, finely measured cocktail that leaves just the right taste in the mouth.


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