• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 20
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 20
  3. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. The writing is a real thing of beauty - from the aforementioned nuance to searing workplace witticisms and pitch-perfect tone from a multitude of characters.
  2. 100
    Terrifically acted and gorgeously produced, this is a show that's both funny and frightening, that can simultaneously make you miss the '60s and feel blessed that they're gone.
  3. The premiere jumps the series from 1960 to 1962, but it plays coy with most of last season's cliff-hangers, including the whereabouts of Peggy's son with married exec Pete Campbell (played with oily brilliance by Vincent Kartheiser). It's quite a tease, but the debut proves Mad Men is as smart as ever
  4. 90
    The vintage look carries a potent, contemporary kick. Here's the rare series that lives up to the advertising hype.
  5. Mad Men beguiles like a Christmas catalog of all the forbidden vices, especially smoking, drinking and social inequity. Yet the series is more than a period piece. It’s a sleek, hard-boiled drama with a soft, satirical core.
  6. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    90
    As with any great series, Mad Men is becoming richer as these plot strands grow, establishing an engrossing serialized life beyond the hip, reverberating cultural references that demonstrate the smoking-drinking-closeted '60s aren't necessarily "good ol' days" to be mourned, despite the cheery Norman Rockwell image that cultural conservatives proffer.
  7. 90
    Mad Men returns for season 2 in excellent form: There's a rich and active subtext in this series, you just have to discover it.
  8. Far from devolving into soapy Madison Avenue pablum, Mad Men is painstakingly building its way to genuine greatness.
  9. 90
    As hard as it might be to imagine after last year's dazzling debut, this period piece about life in a mid-sized Madison Avenue ad agency during the early 1960s returns tonight looking and feeling even stronger, smarter and more focused than it was.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    90
    Besides the fine acting, writing and an attention to period detail that borders on the obsessive, what makes this show so ambiguous and pleasantly iridescent is narrative tension
  11. 90
    There's a sense of gathering gloom as this exceptional drama gains steam in its second season, a feeling that the individual and his or her high-minded goals and values will be dragged under by the wheels of industry and the restrictive norms of the culture, all in the name of modernity and progress.
  12. Reviewed by: Misha Davenport
    88
    Based on the first episode of the second season, "Mad Men" is still one of the best series currently on television, if not the best.
  13. 88
    While this Sunday's premiere gets the season started a bit slowly, Episode Two is the rarest kind of TV show there is - one that you hope will never end.
  14. Reviewed by: Amelia Sims
    88
    This season holds promise, not lacking in the detail that makes the series so enjoyable.
  15. It plays at its own pace, a little more deliberate than other TV dramas, and its strongest moments are often understated.
  16. There is little in the way of "action"--it is possibly the slowest, most deliberative show on television, which is one of the things that makes it so lovely and mysterious.
  17. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    80
    The tempo, thus far, is notably deliberate; the show's got mortality on its mind.
  18. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    80
    It's true that Mad Men is deliciously curated, from the omnipresent cigarettes to the rocket-cone brassieres (and casual sexism) to the cool modernist sets. But the subtle, deliberately paced drama has a wider sense of history.
  19. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    If the season premiere is heavier on atmosphere than plot, by the second week, stories begin to kick into full gear, and you’re caught up again in the turbulent marriages, personal secrets and caustic office politics that make Mad Men so madly, marvelously mesmerizing.
  20. Mad Men relies on its talented cast to communicate the unspoken, to get across the emotions and thoughts that roil just beneath the surface. I'll admit, there are times when I know I'm supposed to intuit something but I'm not completely sure what it is. And that's OK.
User Score
8.7

Universal acclaim- based on 219 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. May 19, 2014
    7
    This season suffers the same faith that season one did. In fact, season one was far more entertaining. This season was just dry. It is not very difficult to get into the minds of these characters but they are just not very interesting people (most of them). It does have its moments. John Slattery makes this show. The entire idea is great and the show looks great but Draper is just not very interesting a man. Full Review »
  2. Jan 3, 2014
    10
    Great in every possible way, specially the show's great acting and writing. It is an honorable representative of the advent of the Golden Age of Television. Full Review »
  3. Apr 2, 2013
    8
    Set about a year after the first season the 1960's are well and truly up and swinging (Free love, the cold war etc) and we return to the lives of the men and women of Sterling Cooper advertising and their families. As with the first season there are periods where it appears as if very little is happening meaning some may find their attention wandering but with every role played to perfection the subtle scripting will ensure that most are drawn back episode after episode. If anything this is a slight improvement on the first season, which did take a few episodes to really develop the characters. Full Review »