Mad Men: Season 5 (2012)



Critic Consensus: With its brilliantly crafted characters, razor-sharp writing, and ambitious sweep, Mad Men continues to surprise and unsettle.


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Air date: Mar 25, 2012
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Season 5 features Don Draper (Jon Hamm) as you've never seen him before: happily married and entirely faithful. Totally in love with young copywriter Megan (Jessica Paré ), Don doesn't even care that the advertising agency is doing poorly following the loss of top client Lucky Strike. Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), on the other hand, is desperate for the firm to succeed, and his increased ambition sparks a rivalry with Roger Sterling (John Slattery), who regains his mojo after getting into the drug scene of the '60s. At the same time, Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) and Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) find very different ways of moving up in a sexist workplace.


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
Jessica Paré
as Megan Draper
Rich Sommer
as Harry Crane
Robert Morse
as Bertram Cooper
Jared Harris
as Lane Pryce
Kiernan Shipka
as Sally Draper
Ben Feldman
as Michael Ginsberg
Alexis Bledel
as Beth Dawes
Julia Ormond
as Marie Calvet
Mason Cotton
as Bobby Draper
Evan Londo
as Gene Draper
Ryder Londo
as Gene Draper
Embeth Davidtz
as Rebecca Pryce
Teyonah Parris
as Dawn Chambers
Gary Basaraba
as Herb Rennet
Myra Turley
as Katherine Olson
Michael Gladis
as Paul Kinsey
Anna Wood
as Lakshmi Bennett
Beth Hall
as Caroline
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Critic Reviews for Mad Men Season 5

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (22)

Has a great show ever given us a more depressing season?

Sep 18, 2013 | Full Review…

Tonight's long-awaited season premiere was titled A Little Kiss, but it was more like a big wet kiss, the kind you plant on a loved one you haven't seen in way too long.

Mar 25, 2012 | Full Review…
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Resuming after more than a year and a half on hold, Mad Men has both nothing and everything to prove.

Mar 25, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
Top Critic

Business may be stable at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, but nothing else is.

Mar 25, 2012 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Mostly a joy (and don't worry, you won't sink). Our Sunday obsession begins anew.

Mar 25, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…
Top Critic

Matthew Weiner's AMC hit returns with a two-hour episode that takes viewers right back into the drama.

Mar 25, 2012 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Mad Men landed like a pop culture bomb in part because it provided a much-needed unromanticized look at a world yet to be changed by social changes.

Jun 5, 2018 | Full Review…

Mad Men is, at its core, a cynical love letter to the workplace.

May 21, 2018 | Full Review…

Mad Men, even after such a long hibernation, is a show for all seasons.

May 14, 2018 | Full Review…

Everything changes here, not necessarily better or worse but with decisions that change the course of their lives, and that's part of why the show is so good.

Jul 29, 2016 | Full Review…

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