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  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
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  • Summary: Sterling Cooper is in transition after its merger with a British company and secrets continue to play a part in people's seemingly happy lives.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 19 out of 20
  2. Negative: 0 out of 20
  1. 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.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    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.
  3. 100
    Was it worth the wait? Are you kidding me? Does London Fog make raincoats?
  4. 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.
  5. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.)

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 25
  2. Negative: 3 out of 25
  1. QuinnB.
    Jan 27, 2010
    Easily the most addictive TV show I have ever watched. Mad Men says a lot by saying very little.
  2. JimmyS.
    Sep 2, 2009
    Brian is right," nothing is happening"...... down through his thick scull in his pea brain. Mad men really is brilliant.
  3. christopherD.
    Aug 16, 2009
    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
  4. Apr 30, 2012
    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! Expand
  5. Jan 16, 2012
    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! Expand
  6. MartinS
    Aug 31, 2009
    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. Expand
  7. EdS.
    Aug 17, 2009
    After my first look at "Mad Men" on Sunday August 16, after all the build-up,all I can say is: what a disappointment! Why would I invite these uniformly loathsome, brain-dead people into my home for an hour every week? Is there any character who is even remotely sympathetic? A bleak, cynical, creepy, and utterly fanciful look at what was a truly fascinating episode of American business history. Expand

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