• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 100
    Was it worth the wait? Are you kidding me? Does London Fog make raincoats?
  2. All the elements Mad Men does well - the humor, the note-perfect clothing and sets, the creeping cultural change - are still there to be savored.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    100
    Ideas became embedded into character and each member of the ensemble was given complex motivations within situations that challenged their natures. As the third season begins, we see that Weiner is committed strongly to going in this same direction with closeted homosexual Salvatore Romano.
  4. It's not comfortable. Just compelling.
  5. 100
    There is always meaning to Mad Men's madness and passion under its control, along with an uncommon level of style, flair and wit. On a TV shelf crowded with cookie-cutter products, Mad Men is an original.
  6. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    Our greatest pleasure lies in anticipation of what is to come this season.
  7. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    91
    It all makes for a rich, captivating series to look at. And listen to. Even, or especially, when it's not saying anything at all.
  8. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    91
    AMC's dazzling Mad Men, returning this weekend for a third season of rich and provocative drama poised at the brink of cataclysmic cultural change.
  9. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    91
    Mad Men, as ever, remains a solid and beautifully produced TV program. Best of all, this episode promises a compelling third season. Fans will find much to savor.
  10. 90
    Mad Men remains TV at its most artful. Like Don Draper, it's beautiful, stealthy, troubling, and, above all, addictive.
  11. Perhaps the only predictable element of Mad Men is that the premiere is a return to form, the series is as spellbinding and elusive as Draper himself.
  12. Mad Men exists on another level. Smart, mysterious and alluring, Mad Men remains a smooth concoction of period charm and psychological character drama.
  13. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    88
    The only reason I'm not giving the third season opener four stars is because the show is competing with two earlier, exquisite seasons. Sunday's episode feels like something is missing -- a hook, something to make it physically painful to wait for new episodes.
  14. There are no heroes or villains here, only people working out or being carried toward their individual destinies. And in who we root for and in what we root for them to choose, we also define ourselves.
  15. Those first fugues into Don's hidden past are not the most inviting way into a new season, however. Mad Men is essentially one long flashback, an artfully imagined historic re-enactment of an era when America was a soaring superpower feeling its first shivers of mortality.
  16. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    80
    The storytelling and visual gloss we have come to expect from Mad Men are stronger than ever. If this eventful, fast-moving episode is any indication, we're in for a savory season.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    80
    Foremost, the series operates on a number of levels, beginning with its effortless, nostalgic cool and subtle re-litigation of the culture wars -- revealing how the pre-Vietnam era wasn't always so grand for women and minorities. Those tiers smartly coexist with big-business shenanigans and sudsy family drama--an intoxicating stew for demanding viewers, but one likely forever destined to blunt the show's broad mainstream appeal.
  18. 80
    Watching Pete ride an emotional roller coaster may be the most entertaining part of Mad Men. Pete beautifully demonstrates the mixed blessing that big responsibilities bestow on the average life.
  19. The hour offers up office intrigue, romantic complications and a classic Don Draper pitch, not to mention the usual brilliant acting from all involved.
  20. 40
    Try as I might, Mad Men fails to resonate, settle in, tell me something. It can no longer get out of its own way so as to allow its multiple story lines to experience actual forward momentum. (Only the calendar does that.)
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 212 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. QuinnB.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    Easily the most addictive TV show I have ever watched. Mad Men says a lot by saying very little.
  2. BrianM
    Aug 19, 2009
    2
    I just don't get the appeal of this glacier paced series. Sometmes, when nothing is happening on screen, it doesn't mean that it's deep and thought provoking. It just means that there's nothing happening. Full Review »
  3. RichT
    Nov 4, 2009
    10
    One of the few TV dramas that doesn't base its plot and characters on comic book characters and cultural cliches. Sets are dead on. Attitudes are pitch perfect to the 60's. Genius work. Full Review »