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Mad Men 

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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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jon Hamm ...  Don Draper 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Elisabeth Moss ...  Peggy Olson 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Vincent Kartheiser ...  Pete Campbell 92 episodes, 2007-2015
January Jones ...  Betty Francis / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Christina Hendricks ...  Joan Harris / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Aaron Staton ...  Ken Cosgrove 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Rich Sommer ...  Harry Crane 92 episodes, 2007-2015
John Slattery ...  Roger Sterling 89 episodes, 2007-2015
Kiernan Shipka ...  Sally Draper 89 episodes, 2007-2015
Robert Morse ...  Bertram Cooper 74 episodes, 2007-2015
Christopher Stanley ...  Henry Francis 54 episodes, 2009-2015
Jessica Paré ...  Megan Draper / ... 49 episodes, 2010-2015
Jay R. Ferguson ...  Stan Rizzo 46 episodes, 2010-2015
Michael Gladis ...  Paul Kinsey 40 episodes, 2007-2012
Bryan Batt ...  Salvatore Romano 39 episodes, 2007-2009
Alison Brie ...  Trudy Campbell 38 episodes, 2007-2015
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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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Where The Truth Lies ...

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English

Release Date:

19 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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Trivia

In 2000, while working as a staff writer for Becker (1998), Matthew Weiner wrote the first draft as a spec script for the pilot of what would later be called Mad Men. See more »

Goofs

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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Pete Campbell: A thing like that!
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Referenced in 10 Things I Hate About You: Great Expectations (2010) See more »

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Magnum Opus of the medium TV, Mad Men are terrific and genius.
14 July 2009 | by Ben99See all my reviews

I must admit I'm more likely to be shocked how many users find this drama dull.I remember the night I had the chance to gaze at one of episodes for couple of minutes.Betty posing for a coke ad didn't seem charming or appealing to me at all, I changed the channel...

Long after the series won the Emmies, beautiful tunes of David Carnobora buzzed into my ear via commercials and I thought I might have to get the complete DVD.

HBO absolutely made their worst business move maybe in their history by dissing this show.Cos Made Men is clever, cool, charismatic, sexy but more over it's targeting the audience HBO has created over years.Not random Americans who switch between Idol, a weirdo doctors unpleasant patients who will recover thanks to him or ugly police officers digging a carpet for a strand to discover a guy who you already know committed a homicide.

OK lemme tell you about why I adore this show.Mad Men is ultimately written by people who has a giant caliber of creativity and talent.This show demands the audience to be careful, tedious, curious about what they are watching.This show is not to be figured out in a single episode.After I completed season one I had some feeling towards what Weiner had in his mind while pitching the series to channel executives.Do not let the name fool you, Mad Men is not about ad- business or copywriters, show merely talks about ads, even when they are doing an ad.It is about America, how America transferred itself -and the world which depended on it- through out the sixties.In which manners capitalism can market itself with big lies.

By showing us the differences between 60's and 2000's series easily projects ideas about our time during a past decade.Characters in the show are so real, then I mean not just protagonist Don Draper, every other big, tiny or one time characters gets his/her time on screen and therefore show builds up a magnificent universe which you believe it exits and roam safely.Mad Men is not show yelling or speaking out loud, it politely whispers...We the audience witness a group of peoples lives in NYC, Matthew Weiner cleverly puts mile stone political, social events of USA balanced with everyday life of people as well, balanced fastidiously.The one biggest disappointing down side of Mad Men is that there are almost zero on-location shootings.We never get to see the - city- or anything else.This gives the feeling of being locked in sometimes for the viewer.Cast is totally cool and sexy with their superb retro wardrobe.Jon Hamm is the perfect choice for a lead, January Jones is so sexy that you can't get her out of your mind.Smokey, brownish production design is sweet and elegant.Also soundtrack selecting is so much joyful.

I can't say Mad Men is an easy chew.You have to be patient also alert.As I sad you can get a clear feeling only after watching an entire season.Do you want to watch the same TV shows over seasons or want some fun, intelligent brain gymnastics ? The codes of Mad Men are there to decode for your own sake.Do not miss it...


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