• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. It's not comfortable. Just compelling.
  2. 100
    Was it worth the wait? Are you kidding me? Does London Fog make raincoats?
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  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.
User Score
8.8

Universal acclaim- based on 235 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 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. 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 »