Mad Men: Season 3 (2009)


Season 3
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Mad Men brilliantly weaves its characters into its historical setting, and the result is thoughtful, shocking, and terrifically entertaining.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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Air date: Sep 13, 2009

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Air date: Aug 23, 2009

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Air date: Sep 27, 2009

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Air date: Aug 16, 2009

Don accidentally learns a secret about Salvatore during a business trip to Baltimore; Back at the office, the firings continue, but the new management appoints Peter and Ken as new co-heads of accounts.

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Air date: Aug 23, 2009

Betty's father visits; Sterling Cooper handles a very specific client request; Roger makes wedding arrangements; Peggy is affected personally by a campaign.

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Air date: Aug 30, 2009

The writers are forced to work after hours; Roger hosts a party; Joan and Greg host their own party; Sally has a run-in with Grandpa.

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Air date: Sep 6, 2009

Don has reservations about a misguided potential client who wants to sell jai alai as the `new national pastime'; Betty's father passes away.

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Air date: Sep 13, 2009

Betty has hallucinations of her dead father as she delivers her baby; Peggy begins to question her future at Sterling Cooper.

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Air date: Sep 20, 2009

The new British bosses want the staff to come in to meet their dashing new blade Guy MacKendrick; Joan tenders her resignation only to find that she has been too rash.

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Air date: Sep 27, 2009

As Don secures an account with Conrad Hilton, Sterling and Cooper try to strong-arm Don into signing a contract; Betty meets with her acquaintance from the governor's office.

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Cast & Crew

Jon Hamm
Don Draper

Actor
John Slattery
Roger Sterling

Actor
Rich Sommer
Harry Crane

Actor
Bryan Batt
Salvatore Romano

Actor
Vincent Kartheiser
Pete Campbell

Actor
Christina Hendricks
Joan Holloway

Actor
January Jones
Betty Draper

Actor
Elisabeth Moss
Peggy Olson

Actor
Rosemarie DeWitt
Midge Daniels

Actor
Maggie Siff
Rachel Menken

Actor
Aaron Staton
Ken Cosgrove

Actor
Michael Gladis
Paul Kinsey

Actor
Robert Morse
Bertram Cooper

Actor
Darby Stanchfield
Helen Bishop

Actor
Anne Dudek
Francine Hanson

Actor
Jared Harris
Lane Pryce

Guest Star
Kiernan Shipka
Sally Draper

Guest Star
Christopher Stanley
Henry Francis

Guest Star
Jared S. Gilmore
Bobby Draper

Guest Star
Alexa Alemanni
Allison

Guest Star
Matthew Weiner
Executive Producer
Scott Hornbacher
Executive Producer
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men: Season 3

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 3

  • Apr 15, 2021
    The heavy and tragic American History reference is solid here... i can even feel myself watching Kennedy Assassinations' from black and white TV next door.
  • Mar 15, 2021
    6.7/10 — "Decent" -(Seen in MAR '21)
  • Mar 13, 2021
    An amazing show! So well put together.
  • Feb 21, 2021
    RATING: A+ Creator: Matthew Weiner Mad Men Season 3 doesn't loose any of its brilliant Writing. The Ensemble Cast stays as fantastic as always and Jon Hamm as the leader of this Ensemble is brilliant as always as Don Draper. As I wrote before the Writing doesn't loose any of its brilliance and ( sometimes ) ferocity. The period feeling is as great as always and any Department is doing their best of possibilities. The Direction remains as strong as always.
  • Jan 04, 2021
    Still as good as on the first watch
  • Oct 10, 2019
    A rare show where the show is consistently good even in later seasons. I've been watching alot of shows lately and most shows tend to lose its steam after seasons 2 or 3 but Mad Men is good until the later seasons. The narrative structure seems to be quite unique compared to other shows in that.. usually the issue is not resolved for the character by the end of the episode but it is for us the audience. The show is more cruel to its characters than other shows which makes the show still watchable? now compared to other shows of the 00s which are now too optimistic and cheezy. The whole tone of the show is like in a minor scale, and always poetic.
  • Mar 25, 2019
    S3 of "Mad Men" offers more gripping, entertaining drama as Don Draper finds his life at home and at the office slowly slipping out of control with an impending divorce and large company merger.
  • Sep 06, 2018
    Puntaje Original: 7.5 Con la misma fórmula, Mad Men desarrolla sólidamente su trama brindándonos un satisfactorio producto de mentes que saben como narrar un TV Show.
  • Mar 02, 2017
    After what I considered to be somewhat of a disappointing Season Two, I had high hopes that Season Three of "Mad Men" would right the ship and get back to compelling drama once again. After about 3-4 episodes, I was almost ready to give up entirely, as I felt that the drama and mystery of the show had been completely sucked dry. I am glad I didn't, however, as towards the end of this third season the show suddenly recaptures that first-season magic and turns into must-see TV again! Here is the conclusion I have come to while watching "Mad Men": While the show can be about so many different things such as period (1960s), fashion, "current" events, relationships, and glamour, it really only hits on all cylinders when these two difficult conditions are met: First, the show needs to revolve around Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) and his complex character relationships. Without Don at the center of things, the show lacks its sense of mystery and high drama. I realize fully that the supporting cast is also incredible, but I truly believe that at heart Don Draper is "running the show", so to speak. Also high in this category is Don's relationship with wife Betty (January Jones), his children, and his many female dalliances (which in this season include a school teacher). The other "condition of greatness" for Mad Men is to keep things interesting and grounded (not too far-fetched) in the advertising agency (aka the "business aspect" of the show). While I think that perhaps the show at first (during the beginnings of that first season) wanted to focus on advertising campaigns specifically, the focus gradually shifts by this point into more of an abstract "this is how business got done in the 60s" kind of thinking. I have a grandfather (now nearly 80 years old) who was at the peak of his "working years" during that time frame, so it is always fascinating for me to imagine him in that sort of culture (so different from what we have now). Thus, this third season of "Mad Men" starts off so slow because it focuses too much on the secondary characters who, while great, are not dramatic enough to carry the show. After 4-5 episodes, the season was firmly in the 2-star range and I was struggling to want to watch the next episode. When the focus gets back to Don, his family, and the drama of Sterling-Cooper, however, the show builds up a head of steam and gets back to first-season levels towards the end. I am eager to begin Season Four, and that is a tall statement considering where I was at the beginning of this season.
  • Jul 25, 2016
    The greatest episode by now.

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