Mad Men: Season 7 (2014 - 2015)

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Season 7
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Just in time to rekindle viewers' interest, Mad Men gets back on track for one last season, revisiting its steady, deliberate pace and style on its way to a sure-to-be-compelling climax.

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Critic Ratings: 59

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Episodes

1
Air date: Apr 13, 2014
2
Air date: Apr 20, 2014
3
Air date: Apr 27, 2014
4
Air date: May 4, 2014
5
Air date: May 11, 2014
6
Air date: May 18, 2014
7
Air date: May 25, 2014
8
Air date: Apr 5, 2015
9
Air date: Apr 12, 2015
10
Air date: Apr 19, 2015
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The final series of the AMC period drama was originally split in half, with two sets of seven episodes each airing about a year apart. In the first half, Don (Jon Hamm) attempts to return to his advertising agency after being put on indefinite leave following a meltdown in the middle of a client meeting. Eventually, his status at the firm becomes the focus of a bitter power struggle between Roger (John Slattery) and Jim (Harry Hamlin), both of whom want to take Sterling Cooper & Partners in radically different directions. Elsewhere, Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) embraces life as a Californian, Dawn (Teyonah Parris) gets an unexpected promotion, and Peggy (Elisabeth Moss) clashes with the stodgy creative director (Allan Havey) who's replaced Don. The second half sees the series finally leave the 1960s behind as it picks up with the characters in 1970: The agency's partners are now all wealthy after accepting a buyout from a much-larger firm, but they seem as lost and frustrated as ever. While Joan, Roger, Peggy, and Ted (Kevin Rahm) all embark on new love affairs, Don responds to the pressure of working in a more-corporate environment by attempting to run away and reinvent himself once again.

Cast

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
Aaron Staton
as Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Kevin Rahm
as Ted Chaough
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
Allan Havey
as Lou Avery
Jessy Schram
as Bonnie Whiteside
Joel Murray
as Fred Rumsen
Talia Balsam
as Mona Sterling
Derek Ray
as Brooks Hargrove
Josh McDermitt
as George Payton
Caity Lotz
as Stephanie
James Wolk
as Bob Benson
Alison Brie
as Trudy Campbell
Anne Dudek
as Francine Hanson
Jerry O'Donnell
as Gerry Respola
Mary Grill
as Mrs. Minor
Kellie Martin
as Carolyn Glaspie
Pat Skipper
as Tom Pruitt
Elijah Nelson
as Neil Glapspie
Dan Byrd
as Wayne Barnes
Matthew Glave
as Bill Hartley
Mark Pinter
as Irwin Podolsky
Robert Baker
as Lloyd Hawley
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 7

All Critics (59) | Top Critics (28)

Mad Men is beautifully shot as always, with the dialogue flowing naturally and meaningfully over alcohol... The pace hasn't quickened. Nor does the storyline congeal. Instead, Sunday's re-opener builds to a terrifically poignant finish.

Apr 10, 2014 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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AMC's much-acclaimed Mad Men feels like it's coming out of a pit stop, rechecking gears and reacclimating to the track.

Apr 8, 2014 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

We won't be able to fully appreciate it from moment to moment, because we're so eager to learn what's coming next, to get to whatever the future holds. But that future is a world without Mad Men, so let's not get there too fast.

Apr 14, 2014 | Full Review…
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Gone are the days of "Zou Bisou Bisou" and Don's Hawaiian mortality freak-out. Nope. This season premiere, all we got was a cold pastrami sandwich with coleslaw smeared on the bread.

Apr 14, 2014 | Full Review…

The hour delivers a series of lovely closing scenes that find Don feeling more honest intimacy than he has felt since the death of Anna, culminating in the kind of image and song choice that Mad Men fans find so powerful and moving.

Apr 15, 2014 | Full Review…

There are peaks and valleys, but mostly there's a lot of flat, ugly middle. The victories that you spend forever building end up being as ephemeral as fireworks, sparkling briefly before quickly fading back into the endless blackness of the nighttime sky.

Apr 15, 2014 | Full Review…

This series that launched a thousand Eames knock-offs looked a-mazing. Weiner's visual attention to period was evident to anyone who saw it and the subject of a TV industry fable...

May 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Mad Men smashes history, desires, dreams, and life's mundanity together like Douglas Sirk's Large Hadron Collider. It's a classic.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

It will cost a lot to fill the gap left by Mad Men. [Full Review in Spanish]

Jul 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Mad Men isn't back with its old saucy, sexy, 60s colour, but has ripened into something darker and more troubling.

Jun 28, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 7

  • Apr 12, 2019
    such a good show au revoir
  • Sep 06, 2018
    Puntaje Original: 7.5 Mad Men perdurará en los anales de la TV de los EE.UU.
  • May 09, 2018
    Really Hated the last season thought I was really stupid could not even finish the season just had to read how it ended.
  • Jan 10, 2018
    Just an awesome program.
  • Jan 03, 2018
    Love the show. One of the best character-based series I've watched. However, I did find the ending disappointing.
  • Dec 20, 2017
    I love all the characters in this fucking series
  • Mar 02, 2017
    When we last saw Don Draper (Jon Hamm), he was in complete meltdown mode in the pitch to Hershey, spilling the beans on his checkered past. As the Seventh Season opens, Don is on leave from the agency that he helped build, trying to put together the pieces of his life and figure out the next step. "Mad Men" is always at his best when it uses Draper as the central focus and have all the other characters working around him. In short, that is why these seven episodes work so well. All the other cast of characters are use superbly, but Don is at the center of everything. In terms of balance, these seven episodes are some of the best in show history. I won't go into the details here, but I got the distinct sense that no one gets the short shrift here. It truly is a testament to the writing of this show that they can have such a large ensemble cast and yet make every character interesting and always moving forward. The decision to break this final season into two seven-episode seasons? I don't like that one bit. I realize that AMC did not want to lose Breaking Bad AND Mad Men in consecutive seasons, but come on....seven episodes and then wait a year?! Just when things were getting into high gear, all of a sudden it is back to holding again. Overall, though, the first half of season seven is vintage Mad Men. By this point, the characters are so good and ingrained that even questionable choices (a Bert Cooper musical number?!) can be disregarded in favor of the overall narrative. I hate waiting so long to see how all of this will play out, but I sure will be excited when that time finally does roll around again. After the first seven episodes of this season aired, there was nearly a year gap until the final seven were unveiled. That's a low-down move by any standard, but from a marketing perspective I understand AMC's decision...not wanting to lose "Mad Men" and "Breaking Bad" in a single season. That being said, all the extra time did was build up a tremendous amount of hype...the kind of hype that such a wonderfully strange show like Mad Men does not thrive in. In this "review" of the final seven episodes, I am not going to give away any plot details. I want to save those for the end of your journey with this show. I would, however, like to take a moment to look at the "big picture" of what these final episodes mean in the overall context of the show. "Mad Men" is a show that always went off in different directions. It seems like every new season started in a completely different direction then what we thought as viewers. Show creator Matthew Weiner was definitely not afraid to take chances, nor would he dream about "selling out" in favor of popular opinion (of course, having a cable TV contract with an esteemed network like AMC doesn't hurt, either). What this meant for the show, of course, is that it always gave viewers something different. We may not always like "different", but usually it challenged us enough at first and then paid off in the end. In these episodes, however, Weiner pushes that concept to its absolute maximum. Part of the problem, of course, is that AMC's advertising can really get into one's head (in this case, it isn't much different from a "regular network", I guess). There is such a promo blitz and build up to the finale of a great show that even the greatest ones more often than not don't live up to the expectations. For "Mad Men", this issue is compounded by Weiner's storytelling formula. Right up to the finale itself, he is introducing new characters/concepts for viewers to chew on. Usually, a finale spate of episodes is about closure, but Weiner is loathe to give it. It happens, but parceled out here and there in subtle moments, not whiz-bang drama. I'm not quite sure how I feel about this yet, hence the 3-star rating for these seven episodes. On one hand, I like that Weiner didn't stray all that much from his formula all along. On the other hand, it seems like there was a rather large anti-climactic feel to the proceedings (again, though, I even caution myself that this could be because of advertising build-up...the same thing happened with "LOST"). I think it would take rapid-fire viewing of this entire season's episodes (not 14 in the span of two years) to better judge how they fit the context of the show. As it stands right now (just days after the finale's airing), though, I have very mixed feelings. I truly appreciate the deep ideas that the show represents about 1960s culture and human beings in general. I also think that perhaps...perhaps...Weiner got a bit caught up in those themes himself and let the art overshadow the "nuts and bolts" of the final product. I can definitively tell you this: I've never seen the finale spate of episodes of any show provoke this much deep thought. There is something to be said for that.
  • Sep 22, 2016
    My brother had to explain the very end to me, which helped me enjoy it better.
  • Mar 12, 2016
    Despite the small dip the series has had in completely sustained, engaging drama and compellingly fleshed out, character-driven storytelling in the last few years, "Mad Men" remains all the way to its conclusion a genuinely intelligent and sobering look at human nature.
  • Jan 24, 2016
    Thank you masked man, from all of us to all of you. It is 4 am, woke out of a dream and thought of you after watching the last episode of Mad Men last night. I had bailed from the series somewhere around the middle of the 5th season, bitterly disappointed with the collapse of what had been perhaps the best art I had experienced in that medium. Well, I'm glad I went back, for old time sake, and gave you another chance. You did not disappoint. You now reside in that place that seems to be where the brain meets the gut, writhing in that crazy feedback loop of thought and emotion called humanity, along with Magic Mountain, Shooting an Elephant, Lem's Solaris, Tarkovsky's Rublev, and other chimeras.

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