Mad Men

AMC (ended 2015)
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  • It's New York in the 1960s, and the men and women who work at the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency are some of the top names in the industry. Master manipulator and leading ad man Don Draper is at the top of his game, but there are those who want to see him topple down. Can he maintain his formidable status? Writer and executive producer Matthew Weiner of The Sopranos fame is the man behind this 13-episode original series on AMC.moreless

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  • S 7 : Ep 14

    Person to Person

    Aired 5/17/15

  • S 7 : Ep 13

    The Milk and Honey Route

    Aired 5/10/15

  • S 7 : Ep 12

    Lost Horizon

    Aired 5/3/15

  • S 7 : Ep 11

    Time & Life

    Aired 4/26/15

  • S 7 : Ep 10

    The Forecast

    Aired 4/19/15

  • Cast & Crew
  • Jon Hamm

    Don Draper

  • John Slattery

    Roger Sterling

  • Elisabeth Moss

    Peggy Olson

  • Christina Hendricks

    Joan Holloway Harris

  • January Jones

    Betty Draper Francis

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  • Quotes (129)

    • Matthew Weiner: I know for a fact, Jon Hamm is a different person when he gets that haircut and you put him in that suit, you basically will vote for him for President.

    • January Jones: They went into a lot of detail with all the undergarments, you know, the pointy bras, and the girdles and the stockings and the garter belts, it's all 100 percent authentic. It's fun, except when you need to take a deep breath.

    • Alan Taylor: You can look at these men and say, "My god, how sexist they are, how racist they are, how anti-Semitic they are," and his darker point is we haven't changed that much, we're just better at being polite.

    • Jon Hamm: The idea of advertising is you will become successful, whether it's smoking a cigarette, having a cocktail, wearing the right suit, going to the right restaurant, voting for the right political candidate, you will achieve happiness.

    • Tom Palmer: This period is sort of the beginning of the end of innocence in a way, which came a few years later in the sixties, probably with a lot of the assassinations and everything.

    • Maria Jacquemetton: We have to constantly, as writers, put our mindset in 1960.

    • Matthew Weiner: There is an incredible amount of indulgence and especially in this environment, it is not an exaggeration that people used to drink the minute they got in the office.

    • Jon Hamm: This particular group of people sort of defined American culture as we see it now.

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    Notes (89)

    • The creator of the show, Matthew Weiner, is a perfectionist and wanted the show to be completely realistic, so he ordered smaller fruit to be set on tables as opposed to larger hydroponically grown fruit.

    • Instead of smoking tobacco cigarettes, the cast smoked herbal cigarettes during the filming of the series.

    • This episode won the 2008 DGA Award for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series' - Night".

    • This episode was included on the 2008 Emmy Awards 'For Your Consideration' DVD. The episode ended up being nominated for "Outstanding Cinematography For A One Hour Series", "Outstanding Costumes For A Series", "Outstanding Directing For A Drama Series", "Outstanding Writing For A Drama Series" and "Outstanding Art Direction For A Single-camera Series". It later won 3 Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction for a Single-Camera Series, Outstanding Cinematography for a One-Hour Series and Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series.

    • This episode was nominated for a 2008 Golden Reel Award for Best Sound Editing in Television: Short Form – Dialogue and Automated Dialogue Replacement.

    • Jack Daniel's Tennessee Whiskey signed on to be a major advertiser in the series. The drink will be incorporated by name in one episode and be seen in two others.

    • The show was originally pitched to HBO before it was picked up by AMC.

    • The majority of the work on this episode was done by Sopranos crew members, including Alan Taylor, cinematographer Phil Abraham, and producer Scott Hornbacher.

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    Trivia (88)

    • Plates of shrimp cocktail can be seen on the table during Sterling, Draper, and Campbell's meeting with Rachel Menken. The ad men's ineptitude in relating to their Jewish client extends even to their non-kosher food selection.

    • Music: "Band of Gold" (Don Cherry,) "Caravan" (Gordon Jenkins,) "Shangri-La" (Robert Maxwell and His Orchestra,) "The Street Where You Live" (Vic Damone). The favored type of music for this era was called "Easy Listening." It featured orchestrations emphasizing string instruments, as well as the piano or the organ, and often had rhythms suitable for dancing. Among the best known artists of the era were Montovani, Ferrante and Teicher, The Living Strings, and of course, Lawrence Welk. There were some vocalists, such as Edie Gorme, Vic Damone and Andy Williams who fit the genre, but most vocals came from groups of singers who accompanied the orchestra, such as the Ray Conniff Singers. "The Street Where You Live" is from the musical My Fair Lady. In March, 1960, when this episode is set, My Fair Lady would have been entering its fourth year on Broadway, where it eventually ran for 2,717 performances, the longest running musical of its time. Use of this song is a reflection of the popularity of music coming from Broadway; film version would not be produced for another four years.

    • The program makes a small historical error in the scene where Peggy first sees her typewriter, an IBM Selectric II. The IBM Selectric Typewriter featuring a ball-element, that made the type bar and moving platen unnecessary was first released in 1961. The first Selectric II, which Joan assures Peggy is so easy a woman can use it, was not released until 1971. Later in the episode, Don comments about the availability of a "magic machine" that makes identical copies of documents. Although Xerox had released its first photocopier in late 1959, it probably would not have been widely available and probably not well known in March, 1960, when this episode is set.

      The bolded part needs to be taken out. When Don mentions the "magic machine", the writers were being ironic because he says, "It's not like there's some magic machine that makes identical copies of things." So, clearly, Don has no idea that Xerox exists yet, and there's no time period goof that needs mentioning here.

    • Peggy is given a prescription for the contraceptive Enovid by the doctor Joan refers her to in this episode. At the time, she would have needed to know a doctor willing to prescribe them for that purpose, for which they had not yet been approved. Birth control was a highly controversial subject at the time, and it was difficult for researchers to obtain funding needed to develop safe and effective methods of contraception. Enovid, developed by Searle Laboratories, was the first oral contraceptive approved by the FDA. In 1959, Enovid had been extensively tested as a birth control pill, but was only approved for relief of "menstrual disorders." Not surprisingly, by the end of the year over 1/2 million American women had 'developed' these disorders and were taking Enovid off-label for contraceptive purposes. Enovid was finally approved by the FDA as an oral contraceptive in May, 1960. The Pilot, when Peggy gets the prescription takes place in May 1960.

    • The heavy smoking seen in this episode is striking by today's standards, but appropriate to the period. Cigarette smoking, although common before the war, became widely accepted for both genders in the post-WWII era when millions of American men who learned to smoke courtesy of cigarettes placed in Red Cross care packages returned home. By the mid 50's, over half of all men and nearly 1/3 of women smoked, and there were few, if any restrictions on where they could do so. In the mid-50s, cigarette manufacturers were prohibited from making health claims, such as benefits to the figure advertised by L&M. By 1960, health warnings about the dangers of smoking had begun to circulate, most notably the Reader's Digest article "The Growing Horror of Lung Cancer", and nearly 7000 empirical articles linking smoking to a range of pulmonary diseases including cancer had been published in the medical literature, presenting advertisers with the problem we see Don tackle.

    • As the men enter the elevator, they all take their hats off. Men regularly took their hats off when they came indoors, but also when there was a woman in attendance. Either reason would've been appropriate for the time.

    • In the doctor's office scene, we see the doctor do a pelvic exam with no nurse in attendance. This is now standard operating procedure, but not as common at the time of this episode.

    • Don's office is shown to us and is clearly a corner office. The corner office is often the prime office space in a company. Most often, it's a bigger office with more windows for better views of the city, a perk for an executive.

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    Allusions (47)

    • (Salvatore walks in while Don's flexing his muscles) Salvatore: Look at you, Gidget. Still trying to fill out that bikini? Don: Summer's coming. Frances "Gidget" Lawrence was a fictional character popular in the late 50's and early 60's. First introduced in a 1957 novel written by Frederick Kohner, Gidget and her faithful boyfriend Moondoggie were the embodiment of the southern California surf culture of the day. Gidget was first played on screen by Sandra Dee in 1959, but to most Americans, the seminal Gidget was Oscar-winner Sally Field, who played her in the 1965 television sitcom. The coil device Don was using was designed to develop men's pectoral muscles, but was also believed to increase women's bust size, thus the reference to "filling out that bikini." Even the bikini was still fairly novel at the time, it would reach fad proportion later in 1960 following the release of Brian Hyland's "Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka-dot Bikini."

    • (Salvatore's drawing for the pitch to the tobacco client) This is clearly intended to reflect the advertising campaign of Marlboro cigarette's, "The Marlboro Man." The popular "man's man/ladies' man" type of advertising was extremely successful.

    • The blonde stripper in the bachelor party scene is wearing a strapless, pink evening dress and long gloves. This look is very reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe's look singing "Diamonds are a Girl's Best Friend", in the film Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.

    • Joan: (as she tells Peggy how to negotiate the male/female relationships in the office) ...Of course, if you really make the right moves, you'll be out in the country and won't have to work at all. Although a very small percentage of young New York women of the 1950's aimed for education and a career, for most, marriage, a family and the home that came with it, was their principal goal. For some, generally those from at least an upper-middle class background, education was the way to meet the right guy, "earn a Mrs" and a get that house in the country. For less advantaged women, a job in a Manhattan office became their prime husband-hunting ground, where tactics varied from finding to trapping a husband by any means necessary.

    • Roger Sterling: Have we ever hired any Jews? Don Draper: Not on my watch. This exchange introduces the anti-Semitic practices of the New York advertisement business of the late 1950's. Far more overt and tacitly accepted by Jewish New Yorkers, the business world was actively anti-Semitic, as were hotels, mens clubs and other institutions frequented by upper-middle and upper-class New Yorkers. The suburbs were equally anti-Semitic, with "restricted" (i.e. Christian only) housing developments, country clubs and restaurants the norm in many of the bedroom communities in Connecticut and upstate New York.

    • Don Draper: I seem to remember a woman wasting a good piece of a beautiful afternoon reciting this diatribe against television that should have ended with her banging her shoe on the table. This is a reference to an incident at the United Nations on October 12th, 1960. Soviet Premier Nikita Krushchev had made a comment condemning Western imperialism, and Filipino delegate Lorenzo Sumulong pointed out the hypocrisy of the statement when he said the Soviet Union had "swallowed up" Eastern Europe. Krushchev became so angry that he called Sumulong a "jerk" and "an American Stooge" and reportedly proceeded to bang his shoe on his desk in protest. This incident became a symbol of the strict, tyrannical nature of the Soviet Union for many Americans in the 60s, which is why Don used it in that context.

    • Fiorello! is a musical comedy about the reform mayor of New York during the 1930's, Fiorello LaGuardia. The musical opened in 1959 and ran for 795 performances. The original cast had Tom Bosley (of Happy Days) playing LaGuardia and Howard Da Silva playing a manipulative politician. The musical won a Pulitzer Prize and shared a Tony with The Sound of Music. One of its musical numbers, "Politics and Poker", had a group of machine pols playing cards trying to figure out who to run for office. The show stopper was another tune called "Little Tin Box" with the same corrupt characters explaning how they acquired so much money on a civil servant's pay.

    • "A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy" aired on CBS and NBC on February 14, 1962. It is said that three out of four television viewers tuned in to watch it. It was the first news documentary that focused on a female audience-- something that is reflected in the episode of Mad Men by the attention of the female characters and the relative disinterest of the male characters watching it.

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  • Fan Reviews (91)
  • Ivanski

    By IvanStrenski, Sep 14, 2015

  • The best show ever

    By mrivera, Jul 06, 2015

  • Don's marriage ruined the show

    By strategic56, Mar 30, 2015

  • Bert was great summing up what can only be described as the morality play of Mad Men

    By frankmarciano, May 26, 2014

  • More ad campaigns ... please

    By euchner2258, May 24, 2014