Mad Men: Season 1, Episode 1

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (19 Jul. 2007)

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In 1960 New York City - the high-powered and glamorous "Golden Age" of advertising - Don Draper, the biggest ad man in the business, struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. Written by Official Site

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At the time the pilot was shot, the part of Trudy hadn't been cast. When Campbell speaks to her on the phone, the photo on his desk is actually of series creator Matthew Weiner's mother. See more »

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This episode takes place in 1960. The railroad station at Ossining is shown decorated with a mark of an "M" on a circle. I presume that this is the mark of the Metro North commuter railroad. But, in 1960, Ossining was on the New York Central railroad. See more »

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Don Draper: If Greta's research was any good I would have used it.
Pete Campbell: What are you talking about?
Don Draper: I'm saying I had a report just like that. And it's not like there's some magic machine that makes identical copies of things.
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That weird, orchestral music toward the end
22 October 2013 | by (Westminster, CA, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

I have watched this series from start (this episode) till the end of season 5. I'm waiting with bated breath to watch season 6. But starting the series again for like the third time, and just having seen this first episode again, I'm going to claim said episode as my favorite, at least so far. Being the episode that introduced SO many important characters to the show, this just crackled. Loved everyone, even Peter Campbell. But, right around 45 minites in, with the episode timing in at 47 minites +, there's this orchestral music that starts to play, that is not only beautiful, but seems to go on and on in violin, "swirls" if you will. Those sounds totally got me, if the episode I just witnessed wasn't enough already. So far, my favorite episode!


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