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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
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  • Summary: The second season of the multi-Emmy-nominated series picks up two years ahead in 1962 where the questions left hanging in season one are slowly answered.
  • Genre(s): Drama
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. 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
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. It plays at its own pace, a little more deliberate than other TV dramas, and its strongest moments are often understated.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 20
  2. Negative: 2 out of 20
  1. Apr 22, 2012
    10
    Probably my most favorite season from the entire series simply because its interesting and tense in the same time. There is really not much to say i absolutely liked every episode and the season finally was amazing as well, great series, great actors!! Expand
  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. Expand
  3. Oct 15, 2010
    9
    Bigger, better and brilliant as ever. Mad Men proves that it's staying. The storyline is ever so more interesting than ever, I did like the first season but now things are more interesting. The time has moved from 1960 to 1962. Jon Hamm is bolder and striking as Don but his female co-stars are stealing his spotlight especially Elizabeth Moss as Peggy who is joining the boys in the big leagues and January Jones whose role as housewife is becoming more frayed than ever. What you see more is the change of scenery and how in depth it seems to go. Still the greatest TV show of the moment? You bet your f#&@ing ass it is. Expand
  4. Jan 16, 2012
    9
    Still numeral uno! You gel with the characters even when they're whiny pompous spoiled brats. Pampered! Sometimes Mad Men can turn into Cry Babies and go thru any lengths to get what they want. Super egos! Expand
  5. Sep 30, 2011
    8
    Far and a way better than te first season. **** anyone that says it's boring. Just watch it. Not as good as Breaking Bad, but a worthy contender. ****ing brilliant! Live on Don Draper!! Expand
  6. 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. Collapse
  7. Oct 8, 2010
    0
    Mad Men is poorly written, it spews continually lackluster dialogue, and it struggles with one boring plot line after another. The show boasts quite the cast, but this only underscores how poorly the writers have done in utilizing the talent at their disposal. When it first came out I was intrigued, and subsequently watched several episodes, but it didn't take long to come to the realization that there is simply no "there" there. Short of the somewhat unique premise of the series, there is absolutely nothing about this show that warrants the attention it is getting. Are people really so shallow that they fall for this sophomoric, gimmicky drivel? When I heard that it was actually winning awards I couldn't even believe by ears. Mad Men is every bit as trite and pathetic as our modern movies and music. Style over substance, nothing more. Expand

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