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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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Series cast summary:
...  Don Draper 92 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Peggy Olson 92 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Pete Campbell 92 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Betty Francis / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Joan Harris / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Ken Cosgrove 92 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Harry Crane 92 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Roger Sterling 89 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Sally Draper 89 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Bertram Cooper 74 episodes, 2007-2015
...  Henry Francis 54 episodes, 2009-2015
...  Megan Draper / ... 49 episodes, 2010-2015
...  Stan Rizzo 46 episodes, 2010-2015
...  Paul Kinsey 40 episodes, 2007-2012
...  Salvatore Romano 39 episodes, 2007-2009
...  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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Stan Rizzo has a very large poster of a man with an eyepatch hanging over his bed. This man is Moshe Dayan (1915-1981), the Israeli military leader who became a famous pop-cultural icon during the late 1960s after his role in 1967's Six Day War. During a 2015 Washington Post interview, showrunner Matthew Weiner elaborated on why Stan would have a poster of Dayan in his home: "I think that despite anti-Semitism, that the Israeli victories in the late Sixties were very inspiring to the American public. And those characters like Moshe Dayan were completely heroic. For being outnumbered, for being smarter, for winning against all odds." See more »

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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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[repeated line]
Don Draper: What do you want me to say?
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Referenced in The Chase: Episode #4.3 (2014) See more »

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Impeccable...
11 September 2010 | by See all my reviews

This is a perfect show in every sense. The opening credits & animated intro are themselves works of art, and the creative direction makes the series so visually exquisite that you can't take your eyes off the screen even for a moment lest you miss one of the many perfect vignettes. The haunting opening music sets the stage for masterful sound design, ranging from each episode's musical selections to the subtlest of ambient sounds. The camera-work is nothing short of stunning; it loves each character and makes even the background action interesting. Talented cast and every character is watchable & believable.

For a period piece, 'Mad Men' is remarkably fresh. The show is set in 1960, following a decade of post-WWII recovery which, with the help of rampant consumerism, transformed America from an industrial society into a "leisure society". One of the most rewarding things about the show is how we get to witness the many cracks which had already begun to form in the manicured facade of the '50s, slowly making way for America's rebellion against the manufactured "good life", and resulting in the social & political upheaval of the 1960s and 1970s.

We get to have intimate glimpses into the various components of this process--money, power, politics, sex, race, gender roles-- in a way that makes us feel as if we're actually there in the room with the characters. The show also does a magnificent job of portraying the simultaneous liberation and objectification of women as consumerism rapidly transformed their role in society.

Each and every well-developed character on this show takes his/her turn to unfold in delicate layers. This unfolding is done with pin-point precision and subtlety, and without ever spoon-feeding us. And every new nugget of information is a highly relevant piece of this very addictive puzzle.

~NN


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