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Mad Men 

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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

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Matthew Weiner
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Series cast summary:
Jon Hamm ...  Don Draper 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Elisabeth Moss ...  Peggy Olson 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Vincent Kartheiser ...  Pete Campbell 92 episodes, 2007-2015
January Jones ...  Betty Francis / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Christina Hendricks ...  Joan Harris / ... 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Aaron Staton ...  Ken Cosgrove 92 episodes, 2007-2015
Rich Sommer ...  Harry Crane 92 episodes, 2007-2015
John Slattery ...  Roger Sterling 89 episodes, 2007-2015
Kiernan Shipka ...  Sally Draper 89 episodes, 2007-2015
Robert Morse ...  Bertram Cooper 74 episodes, 2007-2015
Christopher Stanley ...  Henry Francis 54 episodes, 2009-2015
Jessica Paré ...  Megan Draper / ... 49 episodes, 2010-2015
Jay R. Ferguson ...  Stan Rizzo 46 episodes, 2010-2015
Michael Gladis ...  Paul Kinsey 40 episodes, 2007-2012
Bryan Batt ...  Salvatore Romano 39 episodes, 2007-2009
Alison Brie ...  Trudy Campbell 38 episodes, 2007-2015
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The professional and personal lives of those who work in advertising on Madison Avenue - self-coined "mad men" - in the 1960s are presented. The stories focus on those at one of the avenue's smaller firms, Sterling Cooper, and its various incarnations over the decade. At the heart of these stories is Donald Draper, the creative genius of the company. That professional creative brilliance belies the fact of a troubled childhood, one that he would rather forget and not let anyone know about except for a select few, but one that shaped who he is as an adult and as an ad man in the need not only to sell products but sell himself to the outside world. His outward confidence also masks many insecurities as evidenced through his many vices, such as excessive smoking, drinking and womanizing - the latter despite being a family man - and how he deals with the aftermath of some of the negative aspects of his life. Written by Huggo

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Where The Truth Lies ...

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19 July 2007 (USA) See more »

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The picture of Pete's wife is different in later episodes than from the pilot. The picture in the pilot is obviously not the actress who plays Pete's wife (Alison Brie) most likely because she was not yet cast. See more »

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some thoughts on the people reviewing this show...
5 December 2013 | by grizzledgeezerSee all my reviews

I'm 66, and have been watching movies and TV shows for more than 60 years. I grew up watching films when the audience didn't need a car chase or a gun fight every five minutes to keep its weak minds occupied.

When the MPAA rating system was introduced, producers and directors could finally make the movies they wanted, without interference (other than receiving a rating they didn't like). Though one can think of films that were (perhaps) gratuitously violent or sexual, * that freedom was not generally abused.

This age of mature film making lasted barely a decade. Its decline began with "Star Wars", as studios realized there was a huge youth market devoid of adult taste. This is why Hollywood currently turns out few "serious" pictures. ** When I read reviews of "Mad Men" and similar adult dramas (TV or otherwise), I'm surprised at the high percentage of reviewers who find them dull, badly written, and poorly acted. I can only imagine that most of them are under 30, and have never seen "good" motion pictures or TV shows.

I understand someone objecting to "Mad Men", "The Sopranos", "Deadwood", "Oz", "Justified", "Breaking Bad", etc, etc, //simply because they're entertainment// -- and one might spend one's spare time at more-productive and edifying pursuits. Looked at //objectively//, they are, indeed, time wasters.

But human beings like to hear (or see) stories, and that isn't about to change. I've seen all the series I listed, and all are excellent examples of good storytelling. If you find "Mad Men" dull or boring, it's because you have no interest in stories about human relationships.

Ditto for bad writing and bad acting. I wish I could write as well as David Chase or Robert Weiner. Only "Breaking Bad" has out-and-out bad acting (Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Christopher Cousins). (Their acting might look bad because of how their parts are written -- but I don't think so. Oddly, in season 5, Gunn and Norris get noticeably better.)

A common complaint from the ignorant is that "these people aren't nice" or "they do bad things" (etc). Well, that's the point -- they're not supposed to be perfect -- just interesting. You wouldn't have much of a story otherwise. And -- let's be honest -- if the shows I've listed encourage decent, moral behavior in the viewers, it is only by negative example. ("Breaking Bad", in particular, shows how an otherwise "good" person can be seduced into horrifyingly immoral behavior. If you have teenage children, they really should watch this show and discuss it with you.)

People who find "Mad Men" (and similar shows) artistically worthless just don't know what they're talking about.

* "The Wild Bunch" comes to mind. Sam Peckinpah wanted people to be repulsed by violence, yet he's still thought of as a purveyor of "violence porn". Though violent, "Bonnie and Clyde" is a well-written/acted/directed film, in which the violence is not the focus.

** There seems to be revived interest in good films, possibly because the Academy again allows 10 nominations for Best Picture.


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