Mad Men: Season 1 (2007)

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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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Critic Ratings: 38

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Episodes

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Air date: Jul 19, 2007
2
Air date: Jul 26, 2007
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Air date: Aug 2, 2007
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Air date: Aug 9, 2007
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Air date: Aug 16, 2007
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Air date: Aug 23, 2007
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Air date: Aug 30, 2007
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Air date: Sep 6, 2007
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Air date: Sep 13, 2007
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Air date: Sep 27, 2007
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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.

Cast

Jon Hamm
as Don Draper
Joel Murray
as Fred Rumsen
John Slattery
as Roger Sterling
Maggie Siff
as Rachel Menken
Bryan Batt
as Salvatore
Jared Harris
as Lane Pryce
Elizabeth Rice
as Margaret Sterling
John Cullum
as Lee Garner, Sr.
Kate Norby
as Carol McCardy
Kristoffer Polaha
as Carlton Hanson
Jay Paulson
as Adam Whitman
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Crista Flanagan
as Lois Sadler
Darren Pettie
as Lee Garner, Jr.
Jim Abele
as Jack Kongi
Christopher Allport
as Andrew Campbell
Ian Bohen
as Roy Hazelitt
Andy Umberger
as Arnold Wayne
Joe O'Connor
as Tom Vogel
Rebecca Creskoff
as Barbara Katz
Teddy Sears
as Kicks Matherton
Alexis Stier
as Mirabelle Ames
Bruce French
as Hugh Brody
Shayna Rose
as Rosemary
Irene Roseen
as Lily Meyer
Megan Stier
as Eleanor Ames
Randy Ogelsby
as Walter Veith
Paul Keeley
as Elliot Lawrence
Talia Balsam
as Mona Sterling
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
John Walcutt
as Franklin Newcomb
Joseph Culp
as Archie Whitman
Ryan Cutrona
as Gene Driscoll
Allan Miller
as Abraham Menken
John Cullum
as Lee Garner, Sr.
Jay Paulson
as Adam Whitman
Mark McGann
as Old Waiter
Channing Chase
as Dorothy Campbell
Teddy Sears
as Kicks Matherton
Christopher Allport
as Andrew Campbell
Bess Rous
as Marjorie
Gordana Rashovich
as Dr. Greta Guttman
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (23)

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…
Top Critic

Mad Men is a fantastic show.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Compelling is the tension between Peggy and Joan.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

Mad Men is progressing at a leisurely but satisfying pace.

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

So far, Mad Men has been compelling television (and a pleasant surprise coming from AMC, a so-called movie lovers' channel that has the ugly habit of editing movies for content).

Aug 22, 2017 | 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…

It's not the melodrama that makes Mad Men enjoyable and innovative; it's the sense of historical detail.

Apr 19, 2018 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 1

  • 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.
  • Dec 26, 2018
    1960s NewYork lifestyle makes everyone appear as if they are brazenly careless, and have redirected their self-preservation into the acquisition and maintenance of advertising accounts.
  • Sep 06, 2018
    Puntaje Original: 7.5 Cínica, audaz e inteligente. Mad Men logra compactar una complaciente historia sobre la publicidad y su influencia en el desarrollo de la sociedad.
  • May 13, 2018
    Mad Men è la storia di Don Draper, pubblicitario di successo nella New York degli anni 60 ma per estensione è anche la storia dei cambiamenti della società americana in quegli anni. Il successo di Mad Men non è dovuto solo alla credibile ricostruzione del periodo, o all’estetica raffinata, puntuale e organica, ma anche alla potenza della narrativa: la scrittura avvincente e i personaggi ben caratterizzati mettono in scena un dramma in costume che funziona su più livelli di lettura, da quello umano e intimo dei singoli personaggi a quello socio-culturale dell’America degli anni 60.
  • Feb 26, 2018
    Prima stagione di una serie che si prospetta tra le migliori mai create, originale e coraggiosa, sperando che il livello rimanga invariato per tutte e 7 le stagioni, cosa più unica che rara. New York 1960, Don Draper è il direttore creativo della Sterling&Cooper agenzia pubblicitaria di Madison Avenue, tanto elegante e stimato, quanto spietato e temuto, Don è la punta di diamante della società, non c'è problema lavorativo di cui non riesca a venire a capo prima o poi... e tutti pendono dalle sue labbra, dai dirigenti ai colleghi, alle impiegate. Inutile dire che tutta la prima stagione gira mirabilmente intorno a lui, personaggio scritto in modo pressochè perfetto, indimenticabile. Ma purtroppo per lui non è tutto oro quello che luccica...Pian piano, intrighi, fughe e sotterfugi tenuti nascosti a famiglia ed amici si faranno largo nella sua apparentemente vita perfetta, tra il mare di whisky e le tonnellate di sigarette che il nostro "eroe" consumerà per dimenticare e distrarsi dalle pressioni quotidiane. Tra le "qualità" in cui eccelle Donald Draper(anche se parliamo di Jon Hamm attore, non certo di Renato Rascel...la cosa un pò aiuta) ci sono soprattutto le donne, moglie e svariate amanti, che per un suo cenno non esiterebbero a gettarsi sotto un treno in corsa. Personaggione. Tra i molti comprimari spiccano su tutti la bellissima e fedelissima (e in piccole piccole dosi "depressa"...azz) moglie Betty, il collega sottoposto Pete Campbell che cercarà in ogni modo di fare le scarpe al Boss e la nuova segretaria Peggy Olson, che zitta zitta ha molte più qualità e talento di quello che questa prima e favolosa stagione vorrebbe farci credere. Da sfondo alla serie la faranno da padrone i fondamentali cambiamenti sociali, non solo riguardanti l'America, degli anni '60, dal duello Nixon- Kennedy, alla difficile situazione delle donne oppresse sia in ambito familiare che lavorativo, alle mode e ai personaggi più influenti. ASSOLUTAMENTE IMPERDIBILE.
  • Dec 30, 2017
    Stop looking for another series to watch and give this a go!

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