Mad Men: Season 3 (2009)



Critic Consensus: Mad Men brilliantly weaves its characters into its historical setting, and the result is thoughtful, shocking, and terrifically entertaining.


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Air date: Aug 16, 2009
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Don's personal and professional lives are on the brink of falling apart in the third series, which takes place in 1963. Advertising firm Sterling Cooper has been sold to a British company, but nobody is particularly happy with their baffling business decisions, not to mention the numerous layoffs and a restructuring. While Don Draper (Jon Hamm) chafes under the new rules, he pursues Sally's schoolteacher (Abigail Spencer) and prepares for the birth of his third child with wife Betty (January Jones). At the same time, Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) competes against Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) to become head of accounts, Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) grows increasingly disillusioned with her husband and Roger Sterling (John Slattery) celebrates his second marriage to a much-younger wife (Peyton List).


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
Bryan Batt
as Salvatore Romano
Michael Gladis
as Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton
as Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Jared Harris
as Lane Pryce
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Jared S. Gilmore
as Bobby Draper
Aaron Stanford
as Horace Cook Jr.
Ryan Cartwright
as John Hooker
Sam Page
as Greg Harris
Samuel Page
as Greg Harris
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Abigail Spencer
as Suzanne Farrell
Alison Brie
as Trudy Campbell
Anne Dudek
as Francine Hansen
Peyton List
as Jane Siegel
Michael Gaston
as Burt Peterson
Darren Pettie
as Lee Garner Jr.
Embeth Davidtz
as Rebecca Pryce
Jack Kehler
as Morris Mann
Joseph Culp
as Archie Whitman
Brynn Horrocks
as Abigail Whitman
Kelly Huddleston
as Evangeline
Annie Little
as Lorelai
Jamie Elman
as Howard Mann
Kevin Rahm
as Ted Chaough
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 3

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (19)

Mad Men remains a cut above at least 95 (make that 98) percent of all that television has to offer.

Aug 16, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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If this eventful, fast-moving episode is any indication, we're in for a savory season.

Aug 16, 2009 | Full Review…

No one tells a story with more poetry and passion than the writers and cast of Mad Men.

Aug 16, 2009 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Fans will find much to savor.

Aug 16, 2009 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
Top Critic

That difference -- between how things look from afar and how they feel close up - is one of the fundamental topics of Mad Men, which remains the best show on television.

Aug 16, 2009 | Full Review…

Mad Men is a perfect blend of the seductive and the abhorrent.

Aug 16, 2009 | Full Review…

What the show accomplishes mesmerisingly well is rooting itself in a finely textured network of character and circumstance, then shooting out flares which illuminate the social turbulence of the early Sixties.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

This is the rub with "Mad Men," it's possible its imperfections are what make it worthwhile.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's a remarkably patient attitude for a television show to maintain in this day and age, one that has elevated it to one of the best shows of this era.

May 9, 2018 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

The energy that buzzes through the final episode isn't just the daring of their plan and the momentum of the episode, it's the feeling of these characters rousing themselves to a challenge and being inspired by new possibilities.

Jul 29, 2016 | Full Review…

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