• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 7.5
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 246 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 11 out of 246

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  1. Fantasy
    Oct 5, 2009
    10
    Quite possibly one of the best shows ever written. The characters are like the one's we find in real life. They capture the 60's perfectly. Don Draper is a tortured soul. His wife Betty as beautiful as she is a total bitch on wheels. She hates her life, her marriage, her friends, and even resents her children. Her daughter Sally is brilliant but you don't have to look too Quite possibly one of the best shows ever written. The characters are like the one's we find in real life. They capture the 60's perfectly. Don Draper is a tortured soul. His wife Betty as beautiful as she is a total bitch on wheels. She hates her life, her marriage, her friends, and even resents her children. Her daughter Sally is brilliant but you don't have to look too far into the future to know she will wind up hating her mother. At the office the diverse cast of characters with their side stories are as good as anyone. Peter will walk on anyone for his own selfish sense of purpose. Peggy is now sleeping her way up the ladder of success. And Roger doesn't care about anything or anyone other than himself. Just a wonderful show about the Madison Avenue PR spin machine of the 1960's and the shortcomings in all of us. Expand
  2. 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.
  3. QuinnB.
    Jan 27, 2010
    10
    Easily the most addictive TV show I have ever watched. Mad Men says a lot by saying very little.
  4. JuneM.
    Aug 17, 2009
    10
    There is nothing better on television and there hasn't been in many years. Maybe other T.V. writers are too shallow to understand complexities in life.
  5. ArianaF.
    Aug 17, 2009
    10
    While it may be a bit too judgmental to bring out the barometer of a show based on just the first season opening episode, those of us (me) who have followed MAD MEN since the first season don't need to be persuaded to stick with it because it is like the wonderful sensation of having a dab of honey or sticky hot fudge sauce (a powerful sensation) follow the trail of fruit and nut mix While it may be a bit too judgmental to bring out the barometer of a show based on just the first season opening episode, those of us (me) who have followed MAD MEN since the first season don't need to be persuaded to stick with it because it is like the wonderful sensation of having a dab of honey or sticky hot fudge sauce (a powerful sensation) follow the trail of fruit and nut mix all the way to the cookie jar of what awaits us with the next episode, the narrative and the season's theme. And....between the fashion, the iconic cultural references and the extemely smooth weave between the advertising world and the personal angst, we've got one great looking show with terrific writers and an exceptional creator leading the way to more Emmys this season than the past two (let's finally hope)! Jon Hamm as Don Draper is one of the most fascinating TV Drama characters to have hit the small screen yet! Expand
  6. AdamB.
    Sep 2, 2009
    8
    Very slow moving and with a fairly standard plot structure (anytime something starts to get boring, the writers just add in more smoking, drinking, and adultry). But the characters are pretty compelling and the unique flavor of the series starts to grow on you. If only each episode was 20 minutes long instead of 40. I wouldn't call it the best show on television but it's worth Very slow moving and with a fairly standard plot structure (anytime something starts to get boring, the writers just add in more smoking, drinking, and adultry). But the characters are pretty compelling and the unique flavor of the series starts to grow on you. If only each episode was 20 minutes long instead of 40. I wouldn't call it the best show on television but it's worth checking out. Expand
  7. JimmyS.
    Sep 2, 2009
    10
    Brian is right," nothing is happening"...... down through his thick scull in his pea brain. Mad men really is brilliant.
  8. EvanW
    Aug 17, 2009
    10
    Let me tell you, this is one of the best shows on television. The sheer human complexities in these characters is astounding.
  9. MarciaH
    Aug 18, 2009
    10
    It is rich, resonant, layered, thought-provoking and beautiful to behold.
  10. Scott
    Aug 31, 2009
    10
    One word... BRILLIANT! Nothing can compare.
  11. MartinS
    Aug 31, 2009
    8
    I find many of the characters on this show despicable (even the women are racist) but the show is so brutally honest that I can't look away. Still it makes me rethink the merits of communism.
  12. RichS
    Nov 9, 2009
    10
    Astoundingly good - can only guess that the unappreciative have not loyally watched the show. There is purpose to every scene, every phrase of dialogue, every seemingly random action by its characters. It depicts an improbable reality (the tractor scene is so random but shows why Joan is who she is). My rec is to watch with the DVR (or on DVD when it comes out) - i find myself re-watching Astoundingly good - can only guess that the unappreciative have not loyally watched the show. There is purpose to every scene, every phrase of dialogue, every seemingly random action by its characters. It depicts an improbable reality (the tractor scene is so random but shows why Joan is who she is). My rec is to watch with the DVR (or on DVD when it comes out) - i find myself re-watching scenes since there is often so much to digest. Expand
  13. JayT
    Dec 10, 2009
    7
    It's a good, but not great, show. Smugly tries too hard to be profound. Even its aren't-they-so-backward-in-1960 moments can misfire (A restaurant scene in which someone orders, and we're asked to fear with our 21st century hindsight, a humble egg). I see why it's popular, though. It plays to urban American multi-culti self satisfaction.
  14. matta.
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    Oh come on Washington Post. Are you f*cking kidding me? The show pulled out as many stops as it possibly could on the opener and you still give it a 40? The surreal flashbacks to Don's conceiving and birth were brilliantly done, as was the storyline involving Sal and his (hopeful) impending coming-out. The acting, writing, and production values are still top-notch. One of the top 3 Oh come on Washington Post. Are you f*cking kidding me? The show pulled out as many stops as it possibly could on the opener and you still give it a 40? The surreal flashbacks to Don's conceiving and birth were brilliantly done, as was the storyline involving Sal and his (hopeful) impending coming-out. The acting, writing, and production values are still top-notch. One of the top 3 shows on TV right now. Expand
  15. christopherD.
    Aug 16, 2009
    10
    Mad Men stands in a league of its own for television drama. The cinematography is beautiful. Set design and wardrobe has been a staple of the show since season 1 and the look has yet to grow tired. What makes Madmen special though is its patient and intense study of 60's culture and the handful of individuals who inhabit this storyline. The world is changing fast and the cultural Mad Men stands in a league of its own for television drama. The cinematography is beautiful. Set design and wardrobe has been a staple of the show since season 1 and the look has yet to grow tired. What makes Madmen special though is its patient and intense study of 60's culture and the handful of individuals who inhabit this storyline. The world is changing fast and the cultural norms of 1950's are deteriorating in the wake of a growing counter culture. The cast is still stellar with Hamm as a driving force; reviving his nuanced Draper. Season 3 episode 1 refused to feed the audience a serving of artificial bullshit. Character flaws we wish to be fixed for the most part persist. But the growth seen in some of the cast last season manages to still hold purpose. My favorite storyline in the premiere was probably Salvatore's'. Expand
  16. Sep 30, 2011
    8
    Continuing it's streak of of pure brilliance, Mad Men continues to deliver like a **** Around the sane playing field as the second in terms of its gracefulness, but also consistently awesome. What needs to be said about the complexities has already been said a million times over.
  17. Apr 2, 2013
    9
    The critically acclaimed drama returns for its third season and remains as good as ever. As was the case with the first two seasons Mad Men remains a slow burning drama series that allows for gradual character and plot development. As a result it will still not be a show for those that enjoy fast paced action but, thanks to its subtle scripting and superb performances, anyone looking forThe critically acclaimed drama returns for its third season and remains as good as ever. As was the case with the first two seasons Mad Men remains a slow burning drama series that allows for gradual character and plot development. As a result it will still not be a show for those that enjoy fast paced action but, thanks to its subtle scripting and superb performances, anyone looking for something that demands a bit of intelligence from its audience are unlikely to find many shows as good as Mad Men. Expand
  18. Jun 25, 2011
    10
    Mad men has definitely gotten better with each season.The sets and costumes are perfect and the introduction of jared harris has really helped improve the show.The combination of compelling drama,humour and character development make for compulsive viewing.
  19. Jan 16, 2012
    9
    Its iconic and has turned into regular good TV...but still holds its own like a meal that you don't get tired of. Think of it as a marriage where the honeymoon is over but the romance continues. Growing weary of Betty!
  20. Apr 30, 2012
    10
    Once again a great season for Mad Man, i honestly liked every episode in this season, it was tense it was interesting it was well-written, it was amazing! Especially the season finale which was awesome!
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 20 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 90
    Mad Men remains TV at its most artful. Like Don Draper, it's beautiful, stealthy, troubling, and, above all, addictive.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    Our greatest pleasure lies in anticipation of what is to come this season.