Mad Men: Season 1, Episode 1

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (19 Jul. 2007)

TV Episode  |  TV-14  |   |  Drama
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.2/10 from 1,985 users  
Reviews: 7 user | 12 critic

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



(created by),
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Video

1 of 92 Episodes | Next Episode »





Episode cast overview, first billed only:


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis




TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

19 July 2007 (USA)  »

Filming Locations:


Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


The heavy smoking that takes place in this episode was very characteristic of the period. At the time (1960), roughly half the male population were smokers and about a third of all women were too. The health risks posed by cigarettes were not generally known at the time though in 1960 reports linking smoking to lung cancer would start to make their first appearances. See more »


In March, 1960 Don Draper says "It's not like there's a magic machine that makes identical copies of things." The Xerox copier was introduced in 1959. See more »


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.
See more »


References Make Room for Daddy (1953) See more »


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 »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How old is Don when he starts at Sterling Cooper? robby-light
The sex is kind of raw and graphic here. cheapfrill
Lane u0877164
Anyone watch The Knick? robby-light
Magic City CoolHandLuke_87
Don did not create the Coca-Cola ad snicker-chick20001
Discuss Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2007) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page