Mad Men: Season 2 (2008)


Season 2
Mad Men

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The second season of Mad Men delves deeper into the personal lives of its characters without sacrificing the show's trademark droll humor and period atmosphere.



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Air date: Jul 27, 2008

The second season opens with Don butting heads about personnel matters with Duck, who wants "younger creative talent;" the staff is up in the air about its approach to an airline-company account; Betty bumps into a former roommate who has begun a surprising new career; Joan is at a loss about where to put the new copy machine.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2008

Paul throws a party, then throws his work colleagues for a loop when he introduces them to a special guest; Peggy pays a dinner visit to her family; Duck uses an unorthodox approach to land an airline account, which puts the firm on a conflict-of-interest course.

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Air date: Aug 10, 2008

Problems surface on the set of a commercial shoot while Don plays hooky from the office; ever-ambitious, career-minded Harry musters support for a sponsorship plagued by controversy; Betty steps in to help Don when he arranges a dinner to placate his upset clients.

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Air date: Aug 17, 2008

Peggy's family entertains a new priest assigned to their parish; Freddy and Ken wine and dine a client; the agency staff pitches in to prepare for an under-the-gun pitch meeting.

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Air date: Aug 24, 2008

Joan might have found Don a perfect secretary; Peggy comes to the rescue when Don finds himself in the middle of personal issues between a TV comedian and the man's wife; Pete and his wife see a fertility specialist to deal with her inability to conceive.

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Air date: Aug 31, 2008

Don and Duck attempt to make peace at the office; Peggy tries to find a way to participate in the high-level after-hours meetings being held by the executives; one of Duck's family members visits his office.

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Air date: Sep 7, 2008

Don steps up in class and purchases a new set of wheels that is more appropriate for a big-time executive; Pete, Harry and Ken put their heads together to land new accounts; a serious error by Don's secretary could reflect poorly on Joan; the staff reacts to the new objet d'art in Cooper's office.

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Air date: Sep 14, 2008

Father Gill tries to convince Peggy to volunteer her talents to a church project; Duck and Don team to woo a foreign-beer client by marketing to a new demographic; Harry turns to an unlikely source for help when his department is overloaded with work.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2008

Freddy Rumsen strikes out during a pitch meeting with his team; ever-eager Pete seizes a chance to exploit an opportunity at the office; an old friend is the beneficiary of Don's loyalty; Sara Beth proves to be a welcome ally for Betty.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2008

Betty visits her ailing father; Paul's girlfriend, Sheila, advises him about his civic responsibilities; Pete's mother tries to put the kibosh on an important family move that he and Trudy are planning.

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Following a first-series finale in which housewife Betty Draper (January Jones) comes to the realization that her ad-exec husband, Don (Jon Hamm), may be having an affair, Series 2 dives headlong into the couple's marital strife.Professionally, Don is flying high as a junior partner and creative director at the Sterling Cooper ad agency, but his home life is rapidly deteriorating. After Betty kicks him out for apparent infidelity, Don moves into a hotel and is only able to see his children with Betty's permission. At Sterling Cooper, the long-simmering power struggle between Don and Herman Phillips (Mark Moses) reaches a boiling point, as the impetuous director of account services negotiates a deal with a British firm that he believes will finally give him the upper hand. A subtler power play is made by Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), who seems to have recovered nicely from the shocking birth of her child by married account exec Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser). The product research that Peggy conducted while serving as Don's secretary during Season 1 eventually leads to her promotion as the agency's first female copywriter, and even her own office. Other employees also confront emerging social issues of the day: Creative copywriter Paul Kinsey (Michael Gladis) breaks social taboos by dating a black woman, while art director Salvatore Romano (Bryan Batt) secretly struggles with his homosexuality. And romance remains tricky for secretary Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks)---whose doctor fiancé proves controlling and abusive---and her ex, Sterling Cooper partner Roger Sterling (John Slattery), who embarks on yet another extramarital love affair with yet another young secretary.


Jon Hamm
as Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss
as Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser
as Peter Campbell
January Jones
as Betty Draper
Christina Hendricks
as Joan Holloway
John Slattery
as Roger Sterling
Michael Gladis
as Paul Kinsey
Bryan Batt
as Salvatore Romano
Aaron Staton
as Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Jared Harris
as Lane Pryce
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Alison Brie
as Trudy Campbell
Mark Moses
as Herman 'Duck' Phillips
Melinda McGraw
as Bobbie Barrett
Joel Murray
as Fred Rumsen
Patrick Fischler
as Jimmy Barrett
Maggie Siff
as Rachel Menken
Peyton List
as Jane Siegel
Myra Turley
as Katherine Olson
Audrey Wasilewski
as Anita Olson Respola
Missy Yager
as Sarah Beth
Aaron Hart
as Robert Draper
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Colin Hanks
as Father Gill
Crista Flanagan
as Lois Sadler
Talia Balsam
as Mona Sterling
Sarah Drew
as Kitty Romano
Anne Dudek
as Francine Hanson
Paul Keeley
as Elliot Lawrence
Rich Hutchman
as Bud Campbell
Laura Regan
as Jennifer Crane
Matt McKenzie
as Crab Colson
Edmund L. Shaff
as Chester Rockingham
Peter Jason
as Len McKenzie
Steve Stapenhorst
as Hunt Schilling
John Getz
as Dr. Eric Stone
Alexandra Paul
as Pauline Phillips
Jan Hoag
as Edith Schilling
Elizabeth Rice
as Maragret Sterling
Darian Weiss
as Mark Phillips
Nick Toren
as Tilden Katz
Michael Dempsey
as Marty Hasselbach
Gina DeVivo
as Patricia Phillips
Sam Page
as Greg Harris
Jerry O'Donnell
as Gerry Respola
Christopher Carroll
as Monsignor Cavanaugh
Gerald Downey
as Greg Harris
David Bowe
as Dr. Adams
Catherine Grace
as Tootsie Yates
Miranda Lilley
as Judy Campbell
Kim Swennen
as Marcy Patterson
Jesse Henecke
as Griz Patterson
Jonathan Strait
as Harold Wadro
Benjamin Seay
as William Redd
Chris Carroll
as Monsignor Cavanaugh
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 2

All Critics (27) | Top Critics (21)

Mad Men sure knows how to marinate.

Jul 27, 2008 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

"Mad Men" may be the slowest-moving drama on television, but as with a great baseball game, the leisurely pace gives you more time to marinate in the details.

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How did this snazzy little chamber piece achieve its aura of sliced-bread perfection?

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Top Critic

Here's the rare series that lives up to the advertising hype.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…

You're always wondering what's going to happen next.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Amidst an ever-growing abundance of high-quality cable dramas, Mad Men sets itself apart as a little different and a little better.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…

The overall result was as beautifully acted, written and filmed as ever - and as quietly enjoyable.

Sep 10, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a Mad Men hallmark that sets the show head and shoulders above its prime-time peers.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…

With just two seasons, AMC's Mad Men has already cemented its place on any list of the best television programs of the '00s.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Highly acclaimed for its superb writing, compelling characters, and subtle, sophisticated story development, Mad Men is more than just the best TV of 2008.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Mad Men sizzles, simmering with erotic tension and crackling with cynical wit.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…

Mad Men is a nuanced and engrossing show.

Jul 27, 2008 | Rating: 8.5/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Mad Men: Season 2

  • Dec 25, 2019
    Freddie Rumsen se roba la temporada. Es excelente como toda la serie, aunque la línea argumental que sigue las clases de equitación de Betty es probablemente lo único que adelantaría de volver a verla.
  • Mar 15, 2019
    With solid performances and the ability to take the characters in so many different directions, "Mad Men" continues to use sharp wit and sexual tension to establish itself as one of the greatest TV shows of the 2000s.
  • Sep 06, 2018
    Puntaje Original: 7.5 Mad Men logra magistralmente desarrollar complejos y bien marcados personajes; así también resaltar la ambientación de la época.
  • Mar 02, 2017
    The first season of "Mad Men" contained some of the greatest character drama I had ever seen on television. This second season, while not becoming totally irrelevant by any means, severely lacks the "punch" of that original slate of episodes. In terms of the overall plot, this second season focuses on pretty much the same characters as the first. Donald Draper (Jon Hamm) is always at the center of things, while secretary-turned-copywriter Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) gets a lot more screen time in this season. Up-and-comer Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) and dutiful (but frustrated) Draper wife Betty (January Jones) also garner major plotlines of their own. The usual supporting cast is present, augmented by new ad man Duck Phillips (Mark Moses). The trouble with this season is that whereas the previous season emphasized the period (1960s) and the location (Madison Avenue ad agency), this season focuses almost exclusively on the characters themselves. That first season was just so slick and allowed the viewer to feel as if they truly were living in that 1960s time period. In this second season, though, that period luster seems to wear off in the face of almost a soap-operatic slew of plotlines. Though disappointed by the sophomore effort of "Mad Men", I'm not giving up on this interesting show quite yet. It still intrigues me just enough to keep clicking the "PLAY" button again and again. In the third season, though, I just hope that the focus shifts again to the time/locale (what I feel to be the hallmark of the show) instead of trying to be strictly about the individual characters.
  • Dec 01, 2015
    speechless best show ever
  • Jul 07, 2015
    It's gotten to the point that the show's acute reflection of modern times, the droll humour, the immaculate period setting and the fascinating personal lives of the characters are reasons enough to return episode after episode, regardless of plot advancements.
  • Nov 28, 2014
    Si pasaste por la primera temporada, en la segunda te darás cuenta que estas frente a una de las mejores series que has visto. Cuando uno creía que Don Draper era el alma de Mad Men te encuentras con que el elenco restante gana protagonismo y transforman a la serie es una serie de explosiones emocionantes que te adentrará en este mundo muy raro.
  • Nov 19, 2014
    Storyline is more engaging. Pacing is perfect. Internal conflict of Betty are interesting to see.
  • Aug 25, 2014
    More compelling to watch as it shows the intricate transitions of the characters in their career and personal lives.
  • Jul 09, 2014
    The continuing adventures of alternate universe Darren Stevens and Larry Tate in a world where Samantha is not a witch, Uncle Arthur works in the art dept, and Endora is a decades younger and hot secretary.

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