Mad Men (2008)


Season 2
Mad Men

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The second season of Mad Men delves deeper into the personal lives of its characters without sacrificing the show's trademark droll humor and period atmosphere.

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Critic Ratings: 27

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Episodes

Air date: Jul 27, 2008

Sterling Cooper advertising agency receives some new office equipment; Don and Duck are at odds over an account; Betty reconnects with an old friend.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2008

Paul has a party at his apartment; Peggy visits her family; the agency pursues an account despite a conflict in interest; Duck uses an unorthodox approach with a client.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2008

Trouble arises on the set of a commercial; Harry tries to gather support for a controversial sponsorship; Betty and Don try to appease a client with a friendly dinner.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2008

Peggy's family hosts a lunch for their church's new priest; Don and Betty enjoy a weekend together; Freddy and Ken take a client out to lunch; the staff works to prepare for a last minute pitch meeting.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2008

Don has to deal with issues between a TV comedian and his wife; Joan finds Don the perfect secretary.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2008

Don and Duck try to make peace; Peggy tries to get into the executive's after-hours meetings; Duck deals with a family visit.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2008

Don buys a new car; Pete, Harry and Ken strategize to attract new business; Don's secretary makes a grave error; Cooper has a new piece of art in his office.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2008

Peggy contributes on a church project; Duck and Don try to create market appeal for a foreign beer brand; Harry recruits assistance to help with the workload in his department.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

Freddy Rumsen gives a disappointing pitch; Pete exploits an opportunity; Don proves his loyalty; Betty finds a welcome distraction.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Betty visits her father; Paul's girlfriend tries to convince him to prioritize his duties; Pete's mother disapproves of his and Trudy's idea.

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Don Draper

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John Slattery
Roger Sterling

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Rich Sommer
Harry Crane

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Bryan Batt
Salvatore Romano

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Vincent Kartheiser
Pete Campbell

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Christina Hendricks
Joan Holloway

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January Jones
Betty Draper

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Elisabeth Moss
Peggy Olson

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Rosemarie DeWitt
Midge Daniels

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Maggie Siff
Rachel Menken

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Aaron Staton
Ken Cosgrove

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Michael Gladis
Paul Kinsey

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Robert Morse
Bertram Cooper

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Darby Stanchfield
Helen Bishop

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Anne Dudek
Francine Hanson

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Mark Moses
Herman "Duck" Phillips

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Alison Brie
Trudy Campbell

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Kiernan Shipka
Sally Draper

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Aaron Hart
Robert Draper

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Julie McNiven
Hildy

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Matthew Weiner
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men: Season 2

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 2

  • Dec 19, 2022
    Show writers attempt to show the evolution of 1960s attitudes and beliefs without imposing present day audiences tastes, prejudices, and attitudes on the characters or plot. A truly revolutionary and enlightened concept that produces superior insight and entertainment value. This type of conceptual thinking is sorely missing in HBO series.
  • Dec 02, 2021
    Season Two of Mad Men is like a snowball rolling downhill. As we gather more information and backstory, the series becomes entrenched in our minds never to be forgotten. Is the human condition this depressing?
  • Apr 15, 2021
    What i love about this series is that it shows the exact escalation of historical change in western world... you can clearly see there are many changes after sexual revolution back in 1960s, and here we are today: getting ourselves confused about what the hell is happening to our life
  • Mar 11, 2021
    6.7/10 — "Decent" -(Seen in MAR '21)
  • Feb 15, 2021
    RATING: A+ Creator: Matthew Weiner Mad Men is in its second season somehow even more brilliant than in its first. The Ensemble work really is Outstanding here ( especially top Notch performance from the great Jon Hamm ). The Writing is exceptional as well is the Direction. And the Cinematography and Production Design as well as literally everything else are so good. The really isn't much else to say.
  • Dec 25, 2019
    Freddie Rumsen se roba la temporada. Es excelente como toda la serie, aunque la línea argumental que sigue las clases de equitación de Betty es probablemente lo único que adelantaría de volver a verla.
  • Mar 15, 2019
    With solid performances and the ability to take the characters in so many different directions, "Mad Men" continues to use sharp wit and sexual tension to establish itself as one of the greatest TV shows of the 2000s.
  • Sep 06, 2018
    Puntaje Original: 7.5 Mad Men logra magistralmente desarrollar complejos y bien marcados personajes; así también resaltar la ambientación de la época.
  • Mar 02, 2017
    The first season of "Mad Men" contained some of the greatest character drama I had ever seen on television. This second season, while not becoming totally irrelevant by any means, severely lacks the "punch" of that original slate of episodes. In terms of the overall plot, this second season focuses on pretty much the same characters as the first. Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) is always at the center of things, while secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) gets a lot more screen time in this season. Up-and-comer Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and dutiful (but frustrated) Draper wife Betty (January Jones) also garner major plotlines of their own. The usual supporting cast is present, augmented by new ad man Duck Phillips (Mark Moses). The trouble with this season is that whereas the previous season emphasized the period (1960s) and the location (Madison Avenue ad agency), this season focuses almost exclusively on the characters themselves. That first season was just so slick and allowed the viewer to feel as if they truly were living in that 1960s time period. In this second season, though, that period luster seems to wear off in the face of almost a soap-operatic slew of plotlines. Though disappointed by the sophomore effort of "Mad Men", I'm not giving up on this interesting show quite yet. It still intrigues me just enough to keep clicking the "PLAY" button again and again. In the third season, though, I just hope that the focus shifts again to the time/locale (what I feel to be the hallmark of the show) instead of trying to be strictly about the individual characters.
  • Dec 01, 2015
    speechless best show ever

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