Mad Men: Season 2 (2008)



Critic Consensus: 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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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
Samuel Page
as Greg Harris
Michael Dempsey
as Marty Hasselbach
Gina DeVivo
as Patricia Phillips
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 (20)

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

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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.

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…

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

Jul 27, 2008 | Full Review…
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…
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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…

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