Mad Men: Season 6 (2013)

Season 6
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The passage of time has done little to dull Mad Men's rich cast of characters, who continue to confound.



Critic Ratings: 44


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User Ratings: 541

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Air date: Apr 7, 2013

Part 1 of 2. Don launches a new campaign in the sixth-series opener.

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Air date: Apr 7, 2013

Conclusion. Roger receives some unnerving news; and Betty welcomes a houseguest.

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Air date: Apr 14, 2013

Don has a difference of opinion with a client, while Peggy has problems motivating the staff.

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Air date: Apr 21, 2013

The partners try to keep a secret campaign under wraps, while Joan gets a visit from an old friend.

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Air date: Apr 28, 2013

Peggy plans for the future, while Roger courts a potential client.

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Air date: May 5, 2013

Roger changes tack to make new business; Pete has an awkward run-in with a client.

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Air date: May 12, 2013

Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce tries to placate competing clients; Pete is blindsided by an unexpected guest.

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Air date: May 19, 2013

Don is disrupted by a surprise visitor; Peggy looks for inspiration.

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Air date: May 26, 2013

Roger is plagued by a recurring dream; Joan goes to the beach.

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Air date: Jun 2, 2013

The agency works to keep a client; Joan is caught off guard.

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Series 6 finds the characters dealing with the shocks and social upheaval of 1968, one of the most-turbulent years in American history. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) has returned to his bad habits and is now carrying on a dangerous affair with the wife of a friend, heart surgeon Arnold Rosen (Brian Markinson). His wife Megan (Jessica Paré) has found success as a soap-opera actress, but feels more distant from Don than ever. Meanwhile, Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) deals with the pressures of a new job, Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) watches as his marriage falls apart and Betty Francis (January Jones) attempts to get her life back on track.

Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 6

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (24)

Everything old isn't new again. Everything is just suddenly old.

Sep 16, 2013 | Full Review…

If all this sounds heavy and ponderous, then the fault is mine alone, because Mad Men is also about pleasure -- primarily for those viewers who have invested so much in these rich characters over the past five seasons.

Apr 8, 2013 | Rating: A+ | Full Review…

America's current sense of insecurity is Weiner's touchstone.

Apr 5, 2013 | Full Review…

Wow, just wow.

Apr 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Weiner's end-game for his leading man does not appear to be brightly lit. Nor is Season 6 of Mad Men off to a particularly sparkling start creatively while we wait for the worst to come.

Apr 4, 2013 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

The series always proves energetic when depicting Don's trippy business trips.

Apr 4, 2013 | Full Review…

Whatever useable insights the show might offer come in its portrayal not of big historical movements but of the inner lives of its finely drawn characters, whose desire... and nostalgia combine to aid in the birth of a new world - or to prevent it.

Aug 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Well, that was long, wasn't it? In all seriousness, we're glad to have Mad Men and its increasingly "dense" narrative back.

Jun 12, 2018 | Full Review…

...delivering all the pleasures that today's most ambitious drama series can bring.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

So does the entirety of Season 6 approach the perfection we've come to expect from Mad Men? No, but there's still plenty here to love.

Nov 6, 2013 | Full Review…

Aloha from 1968! Break out the brylcream, fill up your lighters, and top off those tumblers: Mad Men is back baby!

Sep 17, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The penultimate season of Mad Men was full of moments that were memorable and remarkable, and a few that might be called essential or even defining.

Jun 26, 2013 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 6

  • Mar 14, 2021
    RATING: A+ Creator: Matthew Weiner Mad Men is in its sixth season as great as always and I really wonder how they kept it so good. The Ensemble is as Outstanding as always and as in every season we've got some guest additions to the Cast, like the great Linda Cardelini. The Screenplays and all of the Characters and their personal stories are as absorbing as always. All of the Production Values are still great and you can really see how everything changes from Season to Season.
  • Jan 02, 2020
    La mejor serie de todos los tiempos y una de sus temporadas más brillantes.
  • Sep 06, 2018
    Puntaje Original: 7.5 Una especie de autodeterioro, pero en el buen sentido de la palabra, que lleva a la conclusión de Mad Men con un poderoso mensaje que vale la pena escudriñar.
  • Aug 21, 2018
    The season is repetitive Don's progress in season 5 is completely ignored as he starts an unjustified downfall. Sylvia Rosen is annoying as hell and useless probably the lowest point of this season. Normally Don is an asshole but he keeps his composure and tries to be smart about it. For most of this season he acted like a freaking moron. They turned him into irresponsible prick who's never happy instead of the silent and organized womenizer who never loved anyone except Anna. I never liked Betty but for the first time I think Don was more annoying to watch. Well aside from season 6 the rest of the serie is a peace of art.
  • Mar 02, 2017
    After two of the best seasons (4-5) in show history, the Sixth Season of "Mad Men" starts off a bit slow. For the first 3-4 episodes it doesn't really seem like anything is happening, or when things do happen they don't seem all that consequential. In short order, however, as only a show like this can seem to do, all of a sudden the drama comes together again to make for marathon viewing. (Warning: Minor Spoilers Ahead) As this season of "Mad Men" begins, many changes are keenly evident. Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) now works at a different advertising agency, while Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) is struggling to lead HIS company to the heights they would like to reach. Just when it seems like Don & Peggy have hit their respective low points, though, a unique opportunity arises that could be mutual long as both sides can swallow a bit of pride. As usual, this show is best when centered around Don and his family(s). Megan Draper (Jessica Pare) plays a significant role in the proceedings, as does young Sally (Kiernan Shipka). An entire episode is even devoted to Don's relationship with his now-growing son. Even Betty (January Jones) returns again for a key character arc towards the back end of the season. Of course, the ensemble cast is still a delight. Viewers are now so invested in the characters that we want to "see how it all turns out". I won't list all the names here, but suffice it to say that the "old gang" is still as present as ever. Personal favorites for me include Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), the guy we all love to hate, and Roger Sterling (John Slattery), who cracks more jokes this season than perhaps any previous (and that is quite a feat!). Even Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) has some meaty scenes. My only knock on this season is that it starts out very slow (thus the four-star rating). The first 3-4 episodes feel a bit scatter-brained and disjointed. I have never seen a show quite like "Mad Men", though, with its ability to suddenly "throw a switch" (I'm sure it's more difficult than that) and suddenly, in a one-episode span, start producing top-notch drama and character development again. That is exactly what happens here...after those meandering 3-4 efforts. Overall, I don't see why this season gets such shaky reviews here on Amazon. It might be not quite as good as, say, Seasons 1, 4, and 5, but it is high-quality viewing nonetheless. If you liked the five seasons previous, I can't imagine you'll finding anything here to dissuade you.
  • Aug 30, 2016
    Become an soaper with sparkling bubble.
  • Aug 25, 2016
    Regained some momentum from season 5 -- but that's like saying the University of Alabama regained some momentum from last season.
  • Dec 01, 2014
    Don has lost his edge, he is becoming lazy and so is the show. Once this show oozed with brilliance but slowly it is loosing what made it so special. Father time has caught up with Mad men. Time to wind it up.
  • May 26, 2014
    This is basically my favorite show on television. So sad we only have 7 episodes left, but it's been a legendary run. This show is amongst my top television shows of all time. Watch it.
  • Apr 02, 2014
    Every episode is great and I cannot say that about any other show I have followed. The best television show I have seen. The writing is top notch with an understated feel and well thought out characters. A treasure.

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