Mad Men: Season 1 (2007)

Season 1
Mad Men

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Oozing evocative early 1960s ambiance, Mad Men is a sly, subversive look at the American workplace that radiates class, wit, and an undercurrent of disaffection.



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Air date: Jul 19, 2007

At an advertising agency in 1960s Manhattan, the creative director has problems coming up with ideas for a tobacco account and crosses swords with the female head of a large department store that she wants to take in a new retail direction.

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Air date: Jul 26, 2007

Betty sees a specialist about her ongoing physical problems; a managing partner leans on Don to get involved in the Richard Nixon presidential campaign; Peggy gets some unwanted attention from a copy writer.

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Air date: Aug 2, 2007

Pete's return from his honeymoon stirs up conflicted emotions about his bachelor-party dalliance with Peggy; Don and Rachel's business relationship shifts; Betty sets tongues wagging when she invites the neighborhood divorcée to her daughter's birthday party.

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Air date: Aug 9, 2007

Pete oversteps his bounds in dealing with a valuable client, puts his foot in his mouth and gets a lesson from Don in toeing the company line. At home, he gets pressure from his newlywed bride to buy their own apartment unit.

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Air date: Aug 16, 2007

Don wins a prestigious award and gets his face splashed on a prominent industry periodical, which triggers some fallout from his past; Ken gets a short story published in a national monthly magazine, inspiring jealousy among his colleagues.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2007

Peggy offers superb suggestions during a focus-group session, and her ideas are so well received that her future at the agency looks much brighter; Don asks Rachel's advice about an ad campaign for Israeli tourism.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2007

A boys' night out for Roger and Don ends badly as Roger's erratic behavior damages their relationship; Pete encounters problems on the home front as he and his bride continue to adjust to being married.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2007

Don's mysterious past comes back to haunt him; Peggy celebrates her new work success, but not all of her colleagues and co-workers are pleased or impressed; Salvatore's relationship with a client is questioned.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2007

A rival ad agency tries to poach Don from Sterling Cooper, and they involve Betty in their campaign to land him; romantic rivals vie for Peggy's affections. Also, the agency steps up its Nixon presidential campaign in an attempt to counter successful Kennedy promos.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2007

Don is distraught about losing an important account, so Roger, stuck in the city on Labor Day, tries to cheer him up; Joan and her roommate paint the town.

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The debut series of Matthew Weiner's intense and stylish drama follows the lives of Madison Avenue advertising executives (so-called "Mad Men") in 1960. The series centers on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the dashing and brilliant creative director for ad agency Sterling Cooper (series 1 accounts include Richard Nixon's presidential campaign and, appropriately, Lucky Strike, given the cigarettes smoked in nearly every scene). Don's charms extend well outside of the boardroom and into the bedroom: The married man has a free-spirited lover, Midge Daniels (Rosemarie DeWitt), who's his polar opposite, and a second mistress, Rachel Menken (Maggie Siff), a client whose independence challenges Don's views on women. Don's wife, Betty (January Jones), meanwhile, dutifully fulfills her role as housewife. But when she develops a mysterious ailment that causes her to lose feeling in her hands, she's sent to a psychiatrist to work through her problems. Over at Sterling Cooper, new secretary Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) tries to adjust to life in the boys club with guidance from seen-it-all bombshell secretary Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks). Young account exec Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) also has his eyes on Peggy and quickly begins pursuing her, despite his upcoming nuptials. There's even more bad behavior at the office from skirt chasers Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) and Paul Kinsey (Michael Gladis), loving but imperfect Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) and stuck-in-the-closet art director Sal Romano (Bryan Batt). Partner Roger Sterling (John Slattery) does little to set an example for his employees as he happily indulges in an array of vices and an affair with Joan. Senior partner Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) is mostly out of touch with the staff, preferring to remain within the sanctuary of his giant office. In the midst of this workplace frivolity, Don learns that the picture-perfect life he's created for himself could be threatened by a secret from his past.

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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 1

All Critics (41) | Top Critics (26)

It's way too obvious, as is much too much in "Mad Men," though the show clearly fancies itself one sly fox.

Jul 14, 2017 | Full Review…

Mad Men is progressing at a leisurely but satisfying pace.

Jul 19, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Mad Men is a fantastic show.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Compelling is the tension between Peggy and Joan.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Watching it is like diving into a photo spread from an Eisenhower-era issue of Look magazine.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

He's one of the head sharks in a tank of ruthless Mad men whose mission is to seduce an increasingly savvy public.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Jon Hamm's best role. Christina Hendricks' breakthrough role. Matthew Weiner's tale is a rarity: a great show that is also rewatchable.

Nov 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Indulge yourself, it's a real treat.

May 22, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Dramatic, funny, insightful - and that's just in the first episode. This is a compelling slice of nostalgic Americana, looking back at a period of great change with knowing winks and uber-cool style.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The writing is extremely weak, the plotting haphazard and often preposterous, the characterizations shallow and sometimes incoherent; its attitude toward the past is glib and its self-positioning in the present is unattractively smug...

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

"Mad Men" delivers a textured feel of intimate immediacy - not just in a kinetic sense, not just in a period sense, but in the actual outward appearance of itself as a product.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a rich and serious character study that also delivers moments of dark humour and sly sexuality.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 1

  • 12h ago
    6.3/10 — "Okay"/"Decent"/"Watchable" -(Seen in FEB '21)
  • Feb 07, 2021
    RATING: B+ Creator: Matthew Weiner Mad Men is set in the New York City of the 60s. The Ensemble Cast is superb, the Writing is magnificent as is the Direction. I think I really don't have to write much about the Production Design or the Production Values in general cause you don't always see something as superbly crafted as it is the case in Mad Men. And if you start watching the show you really won't want to stop.
  • Apr 16, 2020
    المسلسل يلقي نظرة عن قرب على عالم الدعاية والإعلان وثقافة الشركات في أميركا الستينات، في مرحلة تأسيس عالم نيوليبرالي وثقافة شراهة واستهلاك.
  • Mar 20, 2020
    For a first time watcher season one needs patience and some time. However, the series starts to evolve and become what mad men is. For the second time watchers season one is a complex and very well written beginning. Each character have from the day one their complexity already flourished. Seen glimpses of what Draper and others are and how it will play at all other seasons, including the very end of the finale confirms the great work that is done in mad men.
  • Jan 29, 2020
    Back to the time of defined gender roles, of charming women and powerful men. When everyone smoked. When drinks were plenty. When seduction was the way. Watch it for the style, for atmosphere, for exaggeration.
  • Jan 07, 2020
    I lapped up Mad Men when it originally aired because it's smart, sexy, beautiful, poignant, educational, and everything from the cast to the costumes to the sets and soundtrack are completely impeccable. If you didn't live through the 1960s, you will learn and gain new appreciations and insights into your grandparents/parents. I'm rewatching currently and in the #metoo era it's even more fascinating and you can see why all those old white men don't understand and long for the "good ol' days." Joan and Peggy's arcs have grown even stronger and more interesting with time. One of my top 5 favourite shows of all time.
  • Dec 25, 2019
    La temporada más costumbrista de la serie. Se pinta más la época que en ninguna otra temporada.
  • Sep 20, 2019
    This is an amazing show from start to finish, I cannot say enough great things about the cast, the writing, the sets, the character development, the costuming, the music, the entire concept blew me away.
  • Sep 12, 2019
    Great period piece as well as a character piece. It's definitely a must-watch!
  • Mar 15, 2019
    "Mad Men" gives us a fascinating and nostalgic look back to the '60s workforce in New York as well as explores its characters with serious depth and dark humor.

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