• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7 , 8
Metascore
92

Universal acclaim - based on 30 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 30
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 30
  3. Negative: 0 out of 30
  1. 100
    You should feel nervous before any great date, and Don never disappoints. He'll make you feel like you are in on the joke with the innest in crowd on television. Anything these ad men are selling, I'll buy.
  2. 100
    To paraphrase one of the great ads from the glory days: Between love and Mad Men lies obsession.
  3. What is not surprising at all about the fourth season of one of television's elite series is that Weiner continues to explore what it means to be human.
  4. 100
    Season 4 launches with an episode focused on TV's most mysterious ad executive-and since Jon Hamm's watchful yet charismatic performance makes the show tick, that's excellent.
  5. 100
    Season 4 launches with an episode focused on TV's most mysterious ad executive-and since Jon Hamm's watchful yet charismatic performance makes the show tick, that's excellent.
  6. The real skill and appeal of Mad Men remains in its characters.
  7. One surefire sign of a television series in its prime comes when an episode's plot and subplots dovetail so stylishly that it's difficult to tell which is which.
  8. 100
    The final scene is a moment of pure TV story-telling mastery straight through to the sounding of "Tobacco Road." And you can feel the surge of energy it releases in Draper's psyche--and the series--practically radiating off the screen.
  9. 100
    Don has shed some secrets, but the more he puts himself on the line, the bigger chance there is for failure. And when it comes to showing how complicated people fare under pressure, the sterling Mad Men has few peers.
  10. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    True-blue fans will swoon. Everything they - you - love about this classic is laid out, banquet-like, Sunday night - the fashions, style, elegance, writing, characters, precision, beauty and most of all, the humor.
  11. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    True-blue fans will swoon. Everything they - you - love about this classic is laid out, banquet-like, Sunday night - the fashions, style, elegance, writing, characters, precision, beauty and most of all, the humor.
  12. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    100
    The return of the two-time Emmy winning best drama instantly eclipses the rest of summer TV with its dazzling wit, its posh mid-'60s style and its timelessly provocative substance.
  13. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    91
    I can assert that the series has benefited artistically from the business decision that concluded last season. In shuttering Sterling Cooper and launching SCDP, the show is immediately jazzed by the renewed energy and willfulness that often accompanies a start-up.
  14. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    91
    The changes that have come to Mad Men can be discomfiting to watch. But they're rich with possibility.
  15. Mad Men is off to one crazy-good start.
  16. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    90
    This hour finds the cast in fine form, but the most interesting crumb to emerge might be Weiner's apparent rumination on the program's success and--speaking through his protagonist--his own heightened profile since the series took off.
  17. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    90
    This hour finds the cast in fine form, but the most interesting crumb to emerge might be Weiner's apparent rumination on the program's success and--speaking through his protagonist--his own heightened profile since the series took off.
  18. The new season returns with a full roster of the vivid characters who have distinguished the series from the outset, and in ways more important than the cultural detail for which Mad Men has been rightly praised. They're smart, they're self-seeking, they're recognizably human.
  19. 90
    The writing remains remarkable, as it toggles between the rhythms and cliches of 1950s movies and the timeless resonance of mid-20th-century theater. You rarely find such economical and evocative scripting on TV.
  20. Matthew Weiner's stylish soap opera continues to be both stylish and sudsy in about equal parts, and, as always, I'd be happy to spend most of my time at the office with Don, learning the secrets of advertising and ignoring his mess of a personal life, if not for Don's precocious daughter, the inimitable Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka).
  21. Matthew Weiner's stylish soap opera continues to be both stylish and sudsy in about equal parts, and, as always, I'd be happy to spend most of my time at the office with Don, learning the secrets of advertising and ignoring his mess of a personal life, if not for Don's precocious daughter, the inimitable Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka).
  22. Sunday night's opening episode, Public Relations, delivers some jaw-dropping moments.
  23. Sunday night's opening episode, Public Relations, delivers some jaw-dropping moments.
  24. Reviewed by: Joseph Jon Lanthier
    88
    Only by tuning in on Sundays will we discover if the tone of upheaval herein will define season four; regardless, Mad Men continues to hit its stride most indelibly while rendering the off-kilter uneasiness of transition.
  25. 88
    There are needed bursts of humor that lighten the sometimes oppressive sense of a world on the verge of social collapse. And there's that visually pleasing re-creation of '60s style that both delights on its own and allows the show to comment through skewed reflection on modern times.
User Score
8.9

Universal acclaim- based on 322 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 37
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 37
  3. Negative: 2 out of 37
  1. Sep 28, 2010
    10
    Astonishing. Mad Men excels on every level. It achieves what hitherto I've only experienced in opera... questioning my very existence andAstonishing. Mad Men excels on every level. It achieves what hitherto I've only experienced in opera... questioning my very existence and shaking me to my very core. Full Review »
  2. Nov 24, 2010
    10
    multilayered, complex, intelligent, entertaining, creative. leaves you thinking. the best show on tv. ever. my only complaint is that itmultilayered, complex, intelligent, entertaining, creative. leaves you thinking. the best show on tv. ever. my only complaint is that it has a short season. Full Review »
  3. BrianN.
    Jul 26, 2010
    10
    The strong season 4 premiere again proves that 'Mad Men' is a fantastic program.