Mad Men: Season 1 Reviews

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November 16, 2018
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.
November 5, 2018
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...
June 14, 2018
"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.
April 26, 2018
This is a rich and serious character study that also delivers moments of dark humour and sly sexuality.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
April 20, 2018
It's not the melodrama that makes Mad Men enjoyable and innovative; it's the sense of historical detail.
March 26, 2018
Even with those quibbles about some of the storytelling and the pilot's over-obviousness, there's a wonderful, moving core here.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 19, 2017
Buried away on BBC 4 and graveyard repeats on BBC 2, Mad Men is compulsive TV.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
August 23, 2017
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).
July 14, 2017
It's way too obvious, as is much too much in "Mad Men," though the show clearly fancies itself one sly fox.
July 29, 2016
"Who could not be happy with all this?" That's the question at the heart of Mad Men...
July 19, 2007
He's one of the head sharks in a tank of ruthless Mad men whose mission is to seduce an increasingly savvy public.
July 19, 2007
It'd be very easy to be seduced by the surfaces of this vibrant show.
July 19, 2007
A dramatic exploration of a different era.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2007
A fizzy drama that makes you smile without needing jokes.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
July 19, 2007
It's a show in which everyone looks incredibly put together - crisp shirts, updos, clean diction, good posture - and yet you fear for each one's soul.
July 19, 2007
With snappy writing, hepcat style and a leading man to swoon over, the '60s series pilot closes the deal.
July 19, 2007
Watching it is like diving into a photo spread from an Eisenhower-era issue of Look magazine.
July 19, 2007
This series feel like a fifties leftover, chock-full of unimportant secrets.
July 19, 2007
Nobody can watch just one.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/4
July 19, 2007
A series that breaks new ground by luxuriating in the not-so-distant past.
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