• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jul 19, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5 , 6 , 7
Metascore
88

Universal acclaim - based on 24 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 24 out of 24
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 24
  3. Negative: 0 out of 24
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Mar 26, 2012
    100
    The show still tends to go suddenly flat--it's hard to tell whether the party is supposed to be dead or it's just incompetently staged--but Hamm is always superb as Don. [2 Apr 2012, p.37]
  2. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Mar 23, 2012
    100
    That's Mad Men in a woozy nutshell: intoxicating, sophisticated, demanding, uncompromising and always seductively satisfying. Even after a stupefying 17-month absence that somehow hasn't dampened our ardor for this one-of-a-kind series.
  3. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Mar 23, 2012
    100
    After a dark and often depressing season four, it's refreshing to start things off on a more jovial, lighter note. That's not to say the premiere is devoid of angst, disappointment and drama. It's just buoyed by an unusually high amount of humor.
  4. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Mar 22, 2012
    100
    This is such a gorgeous show to watch (at least for anyone fond of mid-'60s clothes and design) that it's easy to forget how beautifully these actors play their roles and how true-to-life they and the writers make these characters seem.
  5. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Mar 22, 2012
    100
    It's the possibility of unlimited complications looming that make it so insanely riveting.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Mar 22, 2012
    100
    Mad Men is back and back in all the right ways--the humor, the writing, the period details, and best of all, the flawless attention to these characters and their cluttered interior worlds.
  7. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Mar 22, 2012
    100
    The premiere suggests that the only other show that belongs with it in the discussion for the best drama on television is the same one we were talking about last season. At the top level, there is "Breaking Bad," and there is also--finally, thankfully, exceptionally--Mad Men, and then there is everything else.
  8. The top-notch acting is still intact, as is the attention to aesthetic detail.
  9. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Mar 21, 2012
    100
    If Sunday night's two-hour return episode of Mad Men ended after the first four minutes, it would still put the show in contention to win its fifth straight Emmy as the best drama on television.
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Mar 21, 2012
    100
    Based on the premiere, the season may wind up being the show's best so far, but even if it doesn't, Mad Men beats almost everything else on TV.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Mar 16, 2012
    91
    Mad Men offers a two-hour season premiere that commences with a muted tone and then explodes in different directions. [23 Mar 2012, p.62]
  12. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Mar 22, 2012
    90
    All in all, this season premiere allows fans to marinate in the world of the characters for two hours.
  13. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Mar 15, 2012
    90
    Mad Men stays relevant and exciting by moving forward.
  14. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Mar 23, 2012
    83
    The womanizing, booze-guzzling, chain-smoking ad exec (played brilliantly by Jon Hamm) at the heart of AMC's Emmy Award-winning drama Mad Men has found a curvy sliver of joy in his life.
  15. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Mar 22, 2012
    83
    As a fan from the start, I didn't love it, but liked it well enough.
  16. Reviewed by: Robert Lloyd
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    It works because it's less about who we were then--it's a fantasy of who we were then, really--than about who we are now.
  17. Reviewed by: Troy Patterson
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    Doors are opening. Mind the gap.
  18. Reviewed by: Nancy DeWolf Smith
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    It is the small things that can elevate Mad Men above the level of ambitious soap opera.
  19. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Mar 23, 2012
    80
    The episode, written by series creator Matthew Weiner, is a model of efficiency and nuance.
  20. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Mar 22, 2012
    80
    Suffice it to say creator Matthew Weiner unspools enough story to keep fans hooked, immediately satisfying some curiosities and creating others.
  21. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Mar 22, 2012
    80
    This new season starts off strong.
  22. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Mar 22, 2012
    75
    Weiner still manages to steer clear of the trite "greed is bad" moralizing that sunk films like Oliver Stone's disastrous Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, as Mad Men still allows the characters' temptations to be authentically seductive.
  23. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Mar 22, 2012
    70
    At this point, the context may be more interesting than the characters.
  24. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Mar 15, 2012
    70
    Each time-lapse introduces more wrinkles in the show's world, but the premiere offers a sketchy road map of what's to come, and won't expand Men's footprint beyond its solid arthouse niche.
User Score
8.5

Universal acclaim- based on 222 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 27
  2. Negative: 5 out of 27
  1. Mar 26, 2012
    10
    Mad Men is pure genius! This show is beautiful, realistic, interesting, incredibly intelligent, and most of all ITS ADDICTING! I've been in love with this show from day one, and from the first episode of season 5 (which was amazing of course) this brilliant work by Matthew Weiner and the all-star cast is surely bound to win its 5th straight emmy. The wait is finally over and what a way to bring us back to our favorite drama and back to the 1960's. Any positive adjective you can think of describes Mad Men. This show is absolutely brilliant and i cannot wait till next sunday! Cheers to another award-winning season! Full Review »
  2. Mar 26, 2012
    10
    A great season premiere. Love the characters, adore the time period this season is in, and it is just fun to catch up with this world again. Only Breaking Bad surpasses it in quality when it comes to current television. Can't wait for the rest of the season. Full Review »
  3. Apr 9, 2012
    2
    Episode 4 of season 5 qualifies as the worst "Mad Men" episode ever. I give the episode a D. Sally may have been slipped a Seconal but I felt sleepy throughout most of the show. And Don's hallucinations from a slight fever should have given the story editor nightmares. Read my full review (what worked/what didnt') here: www.madmenreview.blogspot.com Full Review »