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He is drinking more than ever before; frequently, he blacks out. He makes a trip out to California to see Anna Draper and meets her niece, Stephanie. After he tries to seduce her, Stephanie tearfully tells Don that Anna is dying of cancer, a fact her family has hidden from Anna thus far. Don, unable to spend time with Anna knowing she is going to die, tells her he will return to California soon with his kids, knowing that it's a lie.
Sally is having a difficult time at the Francis home. After a friend's mother catches Sally masturbating at a sleepover, Betty demands that Sally be sent to therapy despite Don's protestations. Sally's therapist offers comfort to Sally but additionally spends a significant amount of time analyzing Betty. Pete and Peggy seem to be going off on different cultural paths.
Pete accepts fatherhood when Trudy gives birth to a baby girl. Peggy, meanwhile, makes friends with a group of beatniks , including Joyce, a lesbian photo editor at Life magazine and Abe, a liberal writer whom she starts to date. However, Peggy's relationship with Don becomes frayed after Don wins a prestigious award for a commercial whose success largely depended on Peggy.
When Don causes Peggy to miss her own surprise birthday party arranged by boyfriend Mark in order to work on a presentation for Samsonite suitcases, the tension comes to a head.
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Nevertheless, the tension is defused when a drunk Duck still longing for Peggy shows up and punches Don after assuming the two are lovers. That night, Don and Peggy fall asleep on the couch in Don's office, and Don has a vision of a spectral Anna Draper carrying a suitcase. Anna's ghost simply smiles and walks out of the office. Don having received an urgent message from Stephanie the day prior, returns this call after waking up, who confirms that Anna Draper has indeed died.
After hanging up the phone, Don turns to Peggy and breaks down in tears.
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Peggy comforts Don, and the two hold hands in an act of friendship. After Anna's death, Don cuts down on his drinking and is shown to be increasingly introspective; he begins to keep a journal and exercise regularly. The two become involved in a relationship. Around the same time, Roger and Joan have sex after getting mugged in a poor neighborhood. Joan becomes pregnant and decides to pass the child off as Greg's rather than take Roger's money for an abortion.
At the agency, Roger loses the Lucky Strike account, putting the financial security of the entire company in jeopardy. The interrogation turns out to be a routine response to any requests for security clearance at North American Aviation, the application for which was submitted by Pete and Don's new secretary Megan Calvet. Don forces Pete to drop the aforementioned client in order to prevent any discovery of his identity theft. Furthermore, he confesses his secret to Faye, who advises Don to come clean about his past to the authorities rather than continue living in fear. Don distances himself in response to this as well as her proclamation that she cannot see herself as a mother to Don's children.
He later discovers that his past mistress from season one , Midge Daniels, is now in the throes of heroin addiction. In order to put a positive spin on being dropped from Lucky Strike and perhaps partly motivated by Midge's desperation and inner destruction , Don writes an Op Ed in The New York Times proclaiming to the nation that Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is taking a healthful stand and, from here on out, will no longer be doing business with Big Tobacco.
The sensational move does not go over well with the other SCDP employees, except Megan, who admires it. In October , Don takes his kids on a trip to California with Megan in tow and stops by Anna Draper's home, now occupied by Stephanie. Don responds: "That's me", and brushes the question off by claiming it's his nickname. Over the course of the weekend, Don decides that he is in love with Megan and after a night of lovemaking, proposes to her in a state of whimsy. Peggy and Ken, meanwhile, save the company by signing new work with Topaz Pantyhose.
Don announces the news of his engagement to Megan to the office and, later, over the phone to Faye, who is left in tears. Don returns to the Draper home one last time to say goodbye to Betty, who shows signs of regret towards the ending of their marriage as they leave their former home for the last time. They depart through separate exits. The season closes with Don lying awake with Megan, looking out toward the window. Series creator Matthew Weiner also served as showrunner and executive producer, and is credited as a writer on 10 of the 13 episodes of the season, often co-writing the episodes with another writer.
Lisa Albert became consulting producer and co-wrote one episode. Writing team Andre Jacquemetton and Maria Jacquemetton were promoted to co-executive producers and co-wrote one episode together. Erin Levy was promoted to staff writer and wrote two episodes. Dahvi Waller was promoted to producer and wrote one episode. Brett Johnson was promoted to staff writer and wrote one episode.
New writers in the fourth season included consulting producer Janet Leahy , who co-wrote one episode; producer Jonathan Abrahams , who wrote two episodes; co-producer Keith Huff, who co-wrote one episode; and freelance writers Tracy McMillan and Jonathan Igla, who each co-wrote one episode. Phil Abraham directed the most episodes of the season with three, while Jennifer Getzinger , Michael Uppendahl, and series star John Slattery each directed two.
The fourth season of Mad Men received widespread critical acclaim. The site's consensus is: "While Mad Men continues to darken in tone, it remains one of the most provocative, intelligent shows on television. Robert Bianco of USA Today said that the series was "adept at changing course without diminishing its appeal or fundamentally altering its core".
And it was hard not to root for Don once he'd found happiness", yet noted that season 4 was strong because of the focus on Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. She also said that "The season began with a reporter asking, "Who is Don Draper? And that's a far cry from the man we met in season 1, who wasn't truly known by anyone, except perhaps Anna.
Alan Sepinwall of HitFix felt that the fourth season was one of the strongest years, saying "this was a very different season for the show, but no less compelling. If anything, that off-kilter quality led to some of the show's best episodes ever, like " The Suitcase ". Mad Men seasons often seem to need a handful of episodes to ramp up, but here all we really needed was the expository premiere, and we were off to the races after that.
Great show. Great season. Club writer Keith Phipps considered it the best season of the series so far, noting that "Matthew Weiner knows every rule of creating tense, dramatic story arcs and then willfully ignores them. Happily, his subversive tendencies have their own sort of satisfaction. James Poniewozik of Time magazine said that Season 4 was the second-best season, slotting in just behind the first season , saying that "I think that a season that started strong—and had, through its middle, perhaps its best run of episodes ever—seemed to lose a bit of focus and momentum in its last third.
Don Draper reflects the American compulsion to sidestep the hard work of living a flawed but authentic life for the empty illusion of perfection, as shiny and skin-deep as an advertisement that promises the impossible. Eric Deggans of the Tampa Bay Times said that "I have been told by much more accomplished storytellers than myself that this season was among the series' best. But I have been deeply ambivalent about the episodes". Deggans also criticized the lack of focus on race, as well as the show's attempts at unpredictability, comparing it to The Sopranos.
He did, however, praise the character development of Peggy Olson. The fourth season was celebrated with 19 nominations at the 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards the most nominations the series has ever received from the Emmys , as well as many other industry honors. The series won the award for Outstanding Drama Series for the fourth year in a row, tying with L. Christina Hendricks ' performance was recognized with a nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series. Matthew Weiner also received a nomination in the same category for writing "The Suitcase". The American Film Institute honored the series as one of the ten greatest television achievements of , for the fourth year in a row.
AFI referred to the fourth season as its finest, and praised Jon Hamm, the ensemble cast, and the storyline revolving around Don Draper's decline. AFI also exalted creator Matthew Weiner as a "master of the medium". Jon Hamm also won the Individual Achievement in Drama award for his performance as Don Draper during the fourth season.
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We have a predominately [ sic ] female writing staff—women from their early 20s to their 50s—and plenty of female department heads and directors. Can you bring great storytelling? Mad Men focuses mostly on Don Draper, although it features an ensemble cast representing several segments of society in s New York.
Mad Men places emphasis on recollective progression as a means of revealing the characters' past. Mad Men depicts parts of American society of the s, cigarette smoking , drinking , sexism , feminism , adultery , homophobia , antisemitism and racism. MSNBC noted that the series "mostly remains disconnected from the outside world, so the politics and cultural trends of the time are illustrated through people and their lives, not broad, sweeping arguments".
As science fiction can use the future to discuss the contemporary, Mad Men uses the past to discuss issues that concern us today that we don't discuss openly. According to Weiner, he chose the s because "every time I would try and find something interesting that I wanted to do, it happened in It will blow your mind if you look at the year on the almanac. And it's not just the election [of JFK ]. The pill came out in March , that's really what I wanted it to be around. That's the largest change in the entire world. Seriously, it's just astounding. Especially if you look at the movies from the 50s.
Once it was acceptable to talk about this idea that teenagers were having sex, which they have been doing, obviously, since time immemorial, there were all these movies like Blue Denim and Peyton Place So all of a sudden that entire issue [of pregnancy ] has been removed from society. That was what I was interested in in Television commentators have noted the series' study of identity.
This theme is explored most candidly through Don Draper's identity fraud during the Korean War , in which he takes on another soldier's name to leave the war. Tim Goodman considers identity to be the show's leitmotiv, calling Don Draper "a man who's been living a lie for a long time.
He's built to be a loner. And over the course of three seasons we've watched him carry this existential angst through a fairy-tale life of his own creation". Gawker noted that "Not only is the agency of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce in the business of spinning them—or at least warping the truth—to sell product, but the main character, Don Draper, is built on a lie.
Just like one of his campaigns, his whole identity is a sweet fabrication, a kind of candy floss spun out of opportunity, innuendo, and straight-up falsehood". The New Republic writer Ruth Franklin said that "The show's method is to take us behind the scenes of the branding of American icons—Lucky Strike cigarettes, Hilton hotels, Life cereal —to show us not how the products themselves were created, but how their 'very sexy She went on to say that "In this way, we are all Don Drapers, obsessed with selling an image rather than tending to what lies underneath.
Draper's fatal flaw is his lack of psychological awareness: He is at once perfectly tuned into the desires of America and entirely out of touch with his own character". Each one is filled with thwarted ambitions and frustrated dreams, none more so than Don Draper himself, whose closet, it's gradually revealed over Seasons 1 and 2, is filled with proverbial skeletons". Mad Men has provoked much discussion about sexism, sexual politics and relationships. The show presents a workplace culture in which men — regardless of marital status — frequently enter sexual relationships with other women, in which it is assumed that female employees are sexually available for their male bosses and in which jokes about the desirability of one's wife dying are told by husbands in front of their own wives.
Most of the main characters have cheated on their wives. It's painful because this behavior is not as far back in our past as we would like to think. Our daughters continually get the messages that power still comes through powerful men. And unfortunately being pretty is still a quality that can get you on the ladder—though it still won't take you to the top". The Los Angeles Times said that "the sexism, in particular, is almost suffocating, and not in the least fun to watch.
But it's the force against which the most compelling female characters struggle, and the opposition that defines them. The interaction with everyday misogyny and condescension—the housewife whose shrink reports to her husband, the ad woman who's cut out of the after-hours wheeling and dealing—gives the characters purpose and shape. Stephanie Coontz of The Washington Post said that women "portrayed the sexism of that era so unflinchingly, they told me, that they could not bear to watch.
Aviva Dove-Viebahn wrote that " Mad Men straddles the line between a nuanced portrayal of how sexism and patriarchal entitlement shape lives, careers and social interactions in the s and a glorified rendering of the 'fast-paced, chauvinistic world of s advertising and all that comes with it. ABC News noted that "as the show's time frame progressed into the s, series creator Matthew Weiner didn't hold back in depicting a world of liquor-stocked offices, boozy lunches and alcohol-soaked dinners.
During the fourth season Don Draper starts to realize he has a major drinking problem. ABC News quoted an addiction specialist who said that "over the last ten years, alcoholism has been more fully understood as a disease. But in the sixties, bad behavior resulting from heavy drinking could be considered 'macho' and even romantic, rather than as a compulsive use of alcohol despite adverse consequences.
Advertisement executive Jerry Della Femina said of the show, "if anything, it's underplayed. There was a tremendous amount of drinking. Three-martini lunches were the norm The only thing that saved us was that the clients and agencies that we were going back to drank as much as we did Bottles in desk drawers were not the exception but the rule". The Los Angeles Times opined that Mad Men excels at "stories of characters fighting to achieve personal liberation in the restless years before the advent of the full-blown culture wars.
Peggy's visit to a loft, with a Life Magazine photo editor-friend, placed her squarely in the center of the exciting creativity so rampant in the underground and also so rebellious against the mainstream. As they embark on their opposite trajectories, the camera lingers on their knowing glances. Here is where we find emotional truth. Critics contend that postracial beliefs complicate the show by only visualizing people of color at work and rarely in their homes or from their point of view. Slate writer Tanner Colby praised the show's treatment of race and Madison Avenue as historically accurate, especially the storyline in the third season episode "The Fog" in which Pete Campbell's idea to market certain products specifically towards African-Americans is struck down by the company.
Slate also referred to the fourth season episode "The Beautiful Girls", where Peggy Olson suggests Harry Belafonte as a spokesman for Fillmore Auto, after Fillmore Auto faced a boycott for not hiring black employees and Don shoots down the idea. Quite the opposite. It's brave for being honest about Madison Avenue's cowardice. Cigarette smoking , more common in the United States of the s than it is now,  is featured throughout the series; many characters can be seen smoking several times over the course of an episode.
The finale finds the agency in talks with the American Cancer Society. In the series' penultimate episode, Betty Draper is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, after having been depicted as a heavy smoker throughout the series. The actors smoke herbal cigarettes , not tobacco cigarettes; Matthew Weiner said in an interview with The New York Times that the reason is that "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". Mad Men received critical praise since its premiere,  and is generally included in critics' lists of the greatest television shows ever produced. A New York Times reviewer called the series groundbreaking for "luxuriating in the not-so-distant past. A Chicago Sun-Times reviewer described the series as an "unsentimental portrayal of complicated 'whole people' who act with the more decent manners America has lost, while also playing grab-ass and crassly defaming subordinates.
The Washington Post agreed with most other reviews in regard to Mad Men' s visual style, but disliked what was referred to as "lethargic" pacing of the storylines. Greif stated that the series was an "unpleasant little entry in the genre of Now We Know Better" as the cast was a series of historical stereotypes that failed to do anything except "congratulate the present. Viewership for the premiere at pm on July 19, , was higher than any other AMC original series at that time, and attained a 1. The third season premiere, which aired August 16, , garnered 2.
The fourth season premiere received 2. The fifth season premiere, " A Little Kiss ", was the most watched episode of Mad Men of all time to date, receiving 3. Before the fifth season, Mad Men had never achieved above a 1. Charlie Collier, AMC's president, said that:. For each of the five Mad Men seasons Matthew Weiner and his team have crafted a beautifully told story and each season a larger audience has responded; a rare accomplishment.
We couldn't be more proud of this program, the brilliant writers, cast and crew, and the entire team on each side of the camera. The fifth season finale, " The Phantom ", was watched by 2.
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On April 7, , the sixth season premiered to 3. The sixth season finale on June 23, , attracted 2. The first part of the seventh season, titled "The Beginning", premiered on April 13, , and garnered 2. The first part of season seven concluded on May 25, , to 1.
The series finale of Mad Men aired on May 17, , to 3. With Mad Men , Weiner and his creative team have "received critical acclaim for its historical authenticity and visual style" although opinions on Mad Men vary among people who worked in advertising during the s. The drinking was commonplace, the smoking was constant, the relationships between the executives and the secretaries was exactly right". Allen Rosenshine, a copywriter who went on to lead BBDO, called the show a "total fabrication", saying that "if anybody talked to women the way these goons do, they'd have been out on their ass".
And our only 'extracurricular activity' was chasing fly balls and dunking basketballs on our agency softball and basketball teams! But then they have every right. None of them would ever have wanted to work for Draper and none of his departments would have got a job at any of their agencies. Particularly Draper himself. Too phony. According to an analysis of the language used in Mad Men by Benjamin Schmidt, a visiting graduate fellow at the Cultural Observatory at Harvard University , the vocabulary and phrases used in the show are not all quite authentic to the period, despite attempts to use contemporary vocabulary.
Using a computer program, he determined that the show uses relatively few words that are clearly anachronistic but that there are many words and phrases used that are far more common in modern speech, than in the speech of the era "need to", "feel good about", "euthanize", etc. In aggregate these words and constructions give a misleading impression of the speech patterns of the time.
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He notes that the use of modern business language, leverage, signing bonus, etc.. Mad Men has been credited with setting off a wave of renewed interest in the fashion and culture of the early s. According to The Guardian in , the show was responsible for a revival in men's suits, especially suits resembling those of that time period, with higher waistbands and shorter jackets; as well as "everything from tortoise shell glasses to fedoras ". Two network television series that premiered in , the short-lived The Playboy Club and the one-season Pan Am , both set in , were frequently referred to as imitations of Mad Men.
The appearance of Christina Hendricks as office manager Joan, is said to have sparked a renewed interest in a voluptuous look for women and to be partly responsible for, among other things, a 10 percent increase in breast implant surgery in Britain in Amy Benfer, writing in Salon , asked, "But [ sic ] isn't it a little odd that a show that, among other things, warns about the dangers of seeing the past in too amber a light has spawned an industry devoted to fetishizing nostalgia for that same flawed past?
Magazine , wrote, "Mad Men itself might ascribe [ sic ] to the feminist agenda, but thanks to its pervasive impact on pop culture, the show is crafting a whole new generation of would-be Bettys Draper's stylish wife not Peggys the show's ambitious 'career woman'. In the State of the Union Address , President Barack Obama , in speaking out against unequal pay for women, said "It's time to do away with workplace policies that belong in a Mad Men episode. Award highlights include winning the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series four times, for each of its first four seasons; its fourth win tied the record for serial dramas set earlier by Hill Street Blues —84 , L.
Law , —91 , and The West Wing — In promotions for the series, AMC aired commercials and a behind-the-scenes documentary on the making of Mad Men before its premiere. The commercials mostly show the one usually brief sex scene from each episode of the season. Mad Men was also made available at the iTunes Store on July 20, , along with the "making of" documentary.
For the second season, AMC undertook the largest marketing campaign it had ever launched, intending to reflect the "cinematic quality" of the series. The advertising campaign for the fifth season of Mad Men was conceived by the network as a way to promote the series after the month break between seasons. A teaser campaign began in which posters, using images of the enigmatic "falling man" from the opening credits, were spread out on buildings in New York and Los Angeles. AMC responded with a statement that said, "The image of Don Draper tumbling through space has been used since the show began in to represent a man whose life is in turmoil.
The image used in the campaign is intended to serve as a metaphor for what is happening in Don Draper's fictional life and in no way references actual events. The advertising campaign also included the use of posters that proclaimed "Adultery Is Back. Promotion for Seasons 4 and 5 saw Mad Men and AMC partnering with Banana Republic for the Mad Men Casting Call, in which users submit photos of themselves in Mad Men style and one winner receives the opportunity for a walk-on role in an upcoming season. Zippo subsequently developed two designs of lighters with "Mad Men" logos to be sold at the company headquarters and online.
For the third season, the clothing store Banana Republic partnered with Mad Men to create window displays at its U. The store also ran a "casting call" competition, in which participants were asked to mail photos of themselves in period fashion for a chance at a walk-on part in the show;  two winners were announced in October Another clothing promotion from the series' third season includes a "Mad-Men Edition" suit offered by American clothing retailer Brooks Brothers.
The fourth season saw the announcement of a collaboration between Janie Bryant and Californian-based company, Nailtini, to produce a limited-edition line of Mad Men nail polish. The four shades are entitled Bourbon Satin, French 75 , Deauville and Stinger and are reported to have been inspired by the fabrics used to make cocktail dresses in the s. The Mad Men nail polish line went on sale in the U. Mad Men featured a significant number of products and brands that existed both in the s and at the time of airing, many of them shown as advertising clients, including Lucky Strike , Bethlehem Steel , Heineken , Volkswagen , Cadillac , Playtex , Chanel , Spam , Utz potato chips, Maidenform , Gillette , American Airlines and Clearasil.
This led to widespread speculation that many or all of the products and brands on the show are the result of paid product placement. Showrunner Matthew Weiner said in an interview: "There is very little [product placement], and it is an illusion that is propagated by the network to try and get more business. It never works out Literally I've named four [paid placements] in four seasons and there have probably been a hundred products on the show.
Half of them are made up, no one's paying to be on the show. Heineken is seen in the show as a client seeking to bring its beer to the attention of American consumers. Heineken was also the sole advertiser for the U. However, he found the product placement for Mad Men to be a frustrating experience: he called the Heineken deal "a disaster" because Heineken's legal department objected to depictions of irresponsible drinking in the show, and he said he was "disgusted" by the Unilever commercials, which were filmed on the Mad Men set against his will.
Because of these frustrations, Weiner stated in that he would "never again" agree to product placement for Mad Men. On June 20, , the consumer-rights activist group Commercial Alert filed a complaint with the United States Distilled Spirits Council alleging that Mad Men sponsor Jack Daniel's was violating liquor advertising standards since the show features "depictions of overt sexual activity" as well as irresponsible intoxication.
During the fourth season, Unilever created a series of six retro commercials that were aired during the show in the United States. The ads are set at the fictional Smith Winter Mitchell advertising agency and take place during the same time period as Mad Men. The series did not have to pay for the use of the Coca-Cola commercial known as " Hilltop ", which is featured in final scene of the series finale. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This article is about the television series. For the DC Comics villains, see Madmen. Title card from the opening. Weiner Bros.
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