Mad Men: Season 1, Episode 1

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (19 Jul. 2007)

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New York City, 1960s. In the ego-driven Golden Age of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is what it seems.

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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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The pilot was filmed in New York while all subsequent episodes are filmed in Los Angeles. See more »

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A secretary is shown using an IBM Selectric II typewriter, which was introduced in 1971. The show is set in 1960. (The DVD commentary notes they were aware of the anachronism. However, period-correct typewriters were not practical to use when filming) See more »

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Don Draper: People were buying cigarettes before Freud was born.
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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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