Mad Men: Season 1 (2007)



Critic Consensus: Oozing evocative early 1960s ambiance, Mad Men is a sly, subversive look at the American workplace that radiates class, wit, and an undercurrent of disaffection.


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Air date: Jul 19, 2007
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The debut series of Matthew Weiner's intense and stylish drama follows the lives of Madison Avenue advertising executives (so-called "Mad Men") in 1960. The series centers on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the dashing and brilliant creative director for ad agency Sterling Cooper (series 1 accounts include Richard Nixon's presidential campaign and, appropriately, Lucky Strike, given the cigarettes smoked in nearly every scene). Don's charms extend well outside of the boardroom and into the bedroom: The married man has a free-spirited lover, Midge Daniels (Rosemarie DeWitt), who's his polar opposite, and a second mistress, Rachel Menken (Maggie Siff), a client whose independence challenges Don's views on women. Don's wife, Betty (January Jones), meanwhile, dutifully fulfills her role as housewife. But when she develops a mysterious ailment that causes her to lose feeling in her hands, she's sent to a psychiatrist to work through her problems. Over at Sterling Cooper, new secretary Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) tries to adjust to life in the boys club with guidance from seen-it-all bombshell secretary Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks). Young account exec Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) also has his eyes on Peggy and quickly begins pursuing her, despite his upcoming nuptials. There's even more bad behavior at the office from skirt chasers Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) and Paul Kinsey (Michael Gladis), loving but imperfect Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) and stuck-in-the-closet art director Sal Romano (Bryan Batt). Partner Roger Sterling (John Slattery) does little to set an example for his employees as he happily indulges in an array of vices and an affair with Joan. Senior partner Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) is mostly out of touch with the staff, preferring to remain within the sanctuary of his giant office. In the midst of this workplace frivolity, Don learns that the picture-perfect life he's created for himself could be threatened by a secret from his past.


Jon Hamm
as Don Draper
Joel Murray
as Fred Rumsen
John Slattery
as Roger Sterling
Maggie Siff
as Rachel Menken
Bryan Batt
as Salvatore
Jared Harris
as Lane Pryce
Elizabeth Rice
as Margaret Sterling
John Cullum
as Lee Garner, Sr.
Kate Norby
as Carol McCardy
Kristoffer Polaha
as Carlton Hanson
Jay Paulson
as Adam Whitman
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Crista Flanagan
as Lois Sadler
Darren Pettie
as Lee Garner, Jr.
Jim Abele
as Jack Kongi
Christopher Allport
as Andrew Campbell
Ian Bohen
as Roy Hazelitt
Andy Umberger
as Arnold Wayne
Joe O'Connor
as Tom Vogel
Rebecca Creskoff
as Barbara Katz
Teddy Sears
as Kicks Matherton
Alexis Stier
as Mirabelle Ames
Bruce French
as Hugh Brody
Shayna Rose
as Rosemary
Irene Roseen
as Lily Meyer
Megan Stier
as Eleanor Ames
Randy Ogelsby
as Walter Veith
Paul Keeley
as Elliot Lawrence
Talia Balsam
as Mona Sterling
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
John Walcutt
as Franklin Newcomb
Joseph Culp
as Archie Whitman
Ryan Cutrona
as Gene Driscoll
Allan Miller
as Abraham Menken
John Cullum
as Lee Garner, Sr.
Jay Paulson
as Adam Whitman
Mark McGann
as Old Waiter
Channing Chase
as Dorothy Campbell
Teddy Sears
as Kicks Matherton
Christopher Allport
as Andrew Campbell
Bess Rous
as Marjorie
Gordana Rashovich
as Dr. Greta Guttman
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (24)

It's way too obvious, as is much too much in "Mad Men," though the show clearly fancies itself one sly fox.

Jul 14, 2017 | Full Review…
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Mad Men is progressing at a leisurely but satisfying pace.

Jul 19, 2007 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mad Men is a fantastic show.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Compelling is the tension between Peggy and Joan.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Watching it is like diving into a photo spread from an Eisenhower-era issue of Look magazine.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

He's one of the head sharks in a tank of ruthless Mad men whose mission is to seduce an increasingly savvy public.

Jul 19, 2007 | Full Review…

Dramatic, funny, insightful - and that's just in the first episode. This is a compelling slice of nostalgic Americana, looking back at a period of great change with knowing winks and uber-cool style.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The writing is extremely weak, the plotting haphazard and often preposterous, the characterizations shallow and sometimes incoherent; its attitude toward the past is glib and its self-positioning in the present is unattractively smug...

Nov 5, 2018 | Full Review…

"Mad Men" delivers a textured feel of intimate immediacy - not just in a kinetic sense, not just in a period sense, but in the actual outward appearance of itself as a product.

Jun 14, 2018 | Full Review…

This is a rich and serious character study that also delivers moments of dark humour and sly sexuality.

Apr 26, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

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