Mad Men: Season 6 (2013)


Season 6
Mad Men

Critics Consensus

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



Critic Ratings: 44


Audience Score

User Ratings: 507
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Air date: Apr 7, 2013
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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.


Jon Hamm
as Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss
as Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser
as Peter Campbell
January Jones
as Betty Francis
Christina Hendricks
as Joan Holloway
John Slattery
as Roger Sterling
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Aaron Staton
as Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Kevin Rahm
as Ted Chaough
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
Mason Cotton
as Bobby Draper
James Wolk
as Bob Benson
Linda Cardellini
as Sylvia Rosen
Evan Londo
as Gene Draper
Ryder Londo
as Gene Draper
John Sloman
as Raymond Geiger
Brian Markinson
as Arnold Rosen
Kip Pardue
as Tim Jablonski
Harry Hamlin
as Jim Cutler
Hudson Thames
as Mitchell Rosen
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 6

All Critics (44) | Top Critics (19)

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…
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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…
Top Critic

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

Apr 4, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

With the specter of death effectively moving into the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce offices in this episode, I predict we'll see Don endure his most major reckoning before the season is over.

Sep 22, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 6

  • 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 I appart 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.
  • Mar 13, 2014
    Watching an episode of Mad Men is like watching a modern art masterpiece unfold before your eyes.
  • Mar 07, 2014
    Mad Men's penultimate year got off to a bit of a rocky start. It felt a bit more unfocused at first, and there was some rather bizarre scenes that felt out of place (Betty's rape comment for instance), but once the season got rolling their was no slowing down, It was arguably the show's weirdest year yet (The Crash is probably the Lynch-iest thing to appear on TV since…Twin Peaks!). and it all builds up to an really shocking ending. A great set up, for the show's final batch of 16 episodes.

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