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A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.

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 Don Draper (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Peggy Olson (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Pete Campbell (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Betty Francis / ... (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Joan Harris / ... (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Ken Cosgrove (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Harry Crane (92 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Roger Sterling (89 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Sally Draper (89 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Bertram Cooper (74 episodes, 2007-2015)
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 Henry Francis (54 episodes, 2009-2015)
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 Megan Draper / ... (49 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Stan Rizzo (46 episodes, 2010-2015)
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 Paul Kinsey (40 episodes, 2007-2012)
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 Salvatore Romano (39 episodes, 2007-2009)
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 Trudy Campbell (38 episodes, 2007-2015)
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The professional and personal lives of those who work in advertising on Madison Avenue - self-coined "mad men" - in the 1960s are presented. The stories focus on those at one of the avenue's smaller firms, Sterling Cooper, and its various incarnations over the decade. At the heart of these stories is Donald Draper, the creative genius of the company. That professional creative brilliance belies the fact of a troubled childhood, one that he would rather forget and not let anyone know about except for a select few, but one that shaped who he is as an adult and as an ad man in the need not only to sell products but sell himself to the outside world. His outward confidence also masks many insecurities as evidenced through his many vices, such as excessive smoking, drinking and womanizing - the latter despite being a family man - and how he deals with the aftermath of some of the negative aspects of his life. Written by Huggo

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Where The Truth Lies ...

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The actors do not smoke real cigarettes. They smoke Ecstacy herbal cigarettes, which are tobacco and nicotine free. Show creator Matthew Weiner said in a New York Times article, "You don't want actors smoking real cigarettes. They get agitated and nervous. I've been on sets where people throw up, they've smoked so much." When asked what it's like to smoke herbal cigarettes, Jon Hamm (who plays Don Draper) told Vulture, "Terrible. They taste like a mixture between pot and soap." See more »

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Episodes from Season 1 to Season 3 feature rotary phones with clear plastic finger wheels. These episodes take place before 1964, when the plastic wheel was introduced. Before that, the finger wheels were black and metal. See more »

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Pete Campbell: A thing like that!
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A Beautiful Mine
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Painfully great fun!
13 August 2007 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The characters go around completely oblivious to how pointless their lives are. They think they have perfect marriages-- they don't. Perfect jobs-- nope. Perfect health even though they constantly smoke and drink-- nope. We can look back and see how phony it all was-- the advertising, the plastic homes and lives, and the social niceties and expectations. And here's the punchline-- it's US! TODAY! And that's the brilliance of the show. Today we are the same with different clothes and cars. We are jaded, full of irony and smarm, and believe we are self-aware. Imagine how a TV show (hologram show?) will look back at the sad folks of 2007 45 years from now. We tune out, blame others, scan the internet for porn, buy $5 coffee, and still can't fix the health care system. Apart from the amusement of looking into a 47 year-old mirror, the show gives us tremendous writing, acting, set decoration and drama. Let me re-emphasize my favorite part of the show-- set decoration. Kudos all around at the insistence of having the look of every scene strike me as true and accurate to the nth degree. I have watched each of the first episodes three times each. I love it!

(PS to those idiots chatting endlessly about electric typewriters and such: That's the smarminess I'm talking about. What would you rather watch? 'Flavor of Love'? 'The Steve Harvey Show'? 'According to Jim'? Gimme a break! Just enjoy a quality show while you can!!!)


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