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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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Seasons 5, 6 and 7 were greenlighted simultaneously, as part of the deal Matthew Weiner made with AMC during their famous fallout on 2010/2011, which delayed the production for more than a year. See more »


There is a scene where Don and Roger are using urinals in the Men's Room, and the urinals have a privacy divider between them. These did not appear until the 1990s or 1980s at the very earliest. See more »


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Don Draper: What do you want me to say?
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Mad Woman Falling in Love with Mad Men
5 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'm in love with this new show. As noted in previous comments (correcting other comments), this show takes place in 1960, and not the 50s. I find the criticism of this show funny--it's a television show, folks. I don't think it's meant to be 100% accurate. If it were, it would be pretty humdrum, imo.

A poster said he/she thought all the smoking and drinking was a bit much and contrived. However, I think it's fairly accurate. I'm in advertising NOW, and we always have vodka in the freezer...a couple of the men in the office open a bottle of scotch in the afternoons. Although the drinking on the clock isn't AS pronounced today as it was in 1960, I do believe Mad Men accurately depicts agency behavior during that time. My art director mentioned to me that the 70s in advertising were very similar; smoking and drinking in the office, on the clock.

I think Mad Men is genius. First of all, it's sexy; the colors, the lighting, the costumes, the's hot, hot, hot! It is also inspiring! The first episode's "It's Toasted" epiphany gave me goosebumps; ad dorks like me all know that "ah ha!" moment...we strive for it. We live for it.

So regardless of whether or not the typewriters are period or how despicable the women on the show are treated by the men (btw, there is still a lot of that going on in the work place, and for some reason, I think advertising alums are prone to it--I've encountered a couple creative and client meetings in which I was ashamed of the words coming out of the male mouths), this show is a good one that I plan to continue watching. I'm thrilled to find a show that, although it's not an accurate depiction of real "Mad" men and women, shows how inspiring good BIG ideas can be and that (as noted in another comment) good advertising is still created the old fashioned way...with creative and rational thinking and not computers.

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