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
Did You Know?
One of the themes of this episode (and the first season) is the general atmosphere of anti-semitism that pervades the main characters' attitudes and lives. This is referred to both overtly, as when Draper tells Sterling that the firm has never hired a Jew "on my watch," and subtlety, as when the hors d'oeuvre served to Rachel Mencken at her first meeting is shrimp cocktail (shellfish is forbidden under Jewish dietary laws, but since nobody at Sterling Cooper has even rudimentary knowledge of Judaism, they obliviously serve Rachel shrimp anyway). See more
Wall calendar in doctor's office reads March, 1960 when Peggy goes for a prescription for "contraceptive pills." The first birth control pill was approved by the FDA in May, 1960. See more
Dr. Emerson's a dream, isn't he?
He seemed nice.
He has a place in South Hampton. I'm not saying that I've seen it, but it's beautiful.
References Make Room for Daddy
Band Of Gold
Written by Robert Musel
and Jack Taylor
Performed by Don Cherry
with Ray Conniff
& his Orchestra
playing in the lounge during the very first scene of the story See more