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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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Storyline

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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Drama

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English

Release Date:

19 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

According to Jon Hamm, actor Thomas Jane was originally sought for the role of Don Draper but the AMC team were informed that Jane "doesn't do television". Ironically, Jane later went on to star in the HBO series Hung (2009). 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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Start from the beginning - you wouldn't watch a foreign film without subtitles, would you?
3 September 2009 | by crewbieSee all my reviews

The brilliance is all in the subtext. There are many hilarious moments that are only funny if you've been paying attention and understand where the character is coming from. There are also many tragic moments that would pass you by if you didn't know what came before. Many lines have double or even triple meanings. Watch this from the beginning, with a friend. Believe me, you will want to discuss each episode afterward to figure out some of the nuances of what happened.

The main Mad Man is the confident womanizer Don Draper, who is head of the Creative department at a mid-sized ad agency in 1960s Madison Avenue. I admit, at first I kind of hated him, but as the viewer learns more about him and his past, I learned to - not love him exactly - but like him and want to watch him endlessly. He is a complicated character who can be a very good man, but also a very bad man.

Don Draper is joined by a rich cast of supporting characters, many of whom deserve a show of their own: The ambitious young Campbell who is utterly sleazy most of the time, but has occasional moments of growth and even cuteness.Peggy Olson starts out as Draper's secretary, but her growth into a strong, confident woman mirrors what is happening for Woman in the 60's. Silver fox Stirling - he may be morally bankrupt but gets some of the best lines. I could go on . . .

The 60's clothes, hairstyles, decor, and current events provide an interesting backdrop for what is essentially a character piece. The setting provides both the occasional laugh (cigarettes being advertised as "healthy") and the more than occasional cringe (how could dumping trash from a picnic in the park right on the grass ever seem okay?!).

If you need fast-paced action or a laugh track, this definitely isn't the show for you. But, if you like character development and subtlety in your television shows, rent the first seasons on DVD and settle in. You won't regret it.


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