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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:
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

Jon Hamm and Elisabeth Moss developed a close friendship on the series that mirrored the deeply platonic mentor/protegee relationship of their characters Don and Peggy. See more »

Goofs

The picture of Pete's wife is different in later episodes than from the pilot. The picture in the pilot is obviously not the actress who plays Pete's wife (Alison Brie) most likely because she was not yet cast. See more »

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Pete Campbell: A thing like that!
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Mad Woman Falling in Love with Mad Men
5 August 2007 | by K ReilSee all my reviews

I'm in love with this new show. As noted in previous comments (correcting other comments), this show takes place in 1960, and not the 50s. I find the criticism of this show funny--it's a television show, folks. I don't think it's meant to be 100% accurate. If it were, it would be pretty humdrum, imo.

A poster said he/she thought all the smoking and drinking was a bit much and contrived. However, I think it's fairly accurate. I'm in advertising NOW, and we always have vodka in the freezer...a couple of the men in the office open a bottle of scotch in the afternoons. Although the drinking on the clock isn't AS pronounced today as it was in 1960, I do believe Mad Men accurately depicts agency behavior during that time. My art director mentioned to me that the 70s in advertising were very similar; smoking and drinking in the office, on the clock.

I think Mad Men is genius. First of all, it's sexy; the colors, the lighting, the costumes, the dialogue...it's hot, hot, hot! It is also inspiring! The first episode's "It's Toasted" epiphany gave me goosebumps; ad dorks like me all know that "ah ha!" moment...we strive for it. We live for it.

So regardless of whether or not the typewriters are period or how despicable the women on the show are treated by the men (btw, there is still a lot of that going on in the work place, and for some reason, I think advertising alums are prone to it--I've encountered a couple creative and client meetings in which I was ashamed of the words coming out of the male mouths), this show is a good one that I plan to continue watching. I'm thrilled to find a show that, although it's not an accurate depiction of real "Mad" men and women, shows how inspiring good BIG ideas can be and that (as noted in another comment) good advertising is still created the old fashioned way...with creative and rational thinking and not computers.


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