Mad Men 7 Seasons 2007

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Set in 1960 New York City, in an unexpected new world - the high-powered and glamorous "Golden Age" of advertising - where everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what you expect it to be. The drama unfolds around Don Draper, the biggest ad man in the business.

Starring:
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss
Runtime:
48 minutes

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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Season 1
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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Alan Taylor
Starring Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss
Supporting actors Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Maggie Siff, John Slattery
Season year 2007
Network Lionsgate
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

152 of 162 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. F. L. Marney VINE VOICE on 11 April 2008
Format: DVD
Buried away on BBC 4 & the midnight slot on BBC 2 it's little wonder that no one's seen this show. I was lucky enough to read a review and started to catch it from Episode 3 and I'm so glad I did. The show is brilliant. Set in a 1960's New York Ad Agency it deals with the life of the ad men, their wives, mistresses and their secretaries. The writing is so sharp you'll cut yourself, the research and detail is faultless, it's slick, cool and gripping. Each episode is a gem in it's own right, like little mini Hitchcock films, the style and look is very Rear Window. Even the open credits are a work of art and a tribute to the great Saul Bass.

Although set in the 60's it easy to relate to the men & women in the show, times have changed a lot, the men all smoke & drink in the office and think nothing of making a sexist remark to their P.A. Now these things don't get said in front of women in the office anymore, but they are still thought and said behind closed doors, so the issues they create are still very much in the work place. They just said it out loud in the 60's.

The ad men are hard driven and determined to be top dog at work and find it difficult to transfer their work personalities to home where they suddenly have to take off the suit and attend kids birthday parties or paint the fence. The wives are complex people stuck in their domesticated perfect wife routines, slowly being driven crazy by suppressing their personalities.

It's pure class all the way, forget Desperate Housewives and get watching Mad Men, it's the best thing on TV for years.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Frank T on 12 May 2009
Format: DVD
This series almost, but not quite, lives up to the hype. The sets and costumes are terrific, and the subtle psychological tension gets more and more gripping as the series progresses.

Best of all is the acting: it is uniformly superb, but Jon Hamm and Vincent Kartheiser must be singled out for the exceptional depth of their portrayals, and their marvellous timing.

If anything lets "Mad Men" down, it's the heavy-handedness of some of the writing. The "it was a man's world" message is laid on with a trowel; I'm not convinced, for example, that it really was unthinkable in 1960 for a housewife to answer the telephone rather than her husband. Also, the "pointers" for characters' motivation are sometimes contrived; notably in the case of the art director Salvatore Romano, virtually whose every utterance "hints" at certain repressed desires, as though they weren't obvious from Bryan Batt's (it must be said excellent) acting.

The writing is weakest when it tries too hard to be ironic, and strongest when it addresses in sympathy the characters' secret demons and desires. The main storyline, concerning the protagonist Don Draper's mysterious past, while it may be melodramatic, is none the less moving for it.

It's not quite perfect, but this is quality TV that has the same underlying seriousness and intelligence that the best British drama (e.g. that of Dennis Potter and Alan Bleasdale) had until the mid-1990s.
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109 of 119 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 21 May 2008
Format: DVD
Remarkable. Utterly gripping, gorgeous to look at, fabulously well scripted, impeccable acting. All the more remarkable, then, that nothing much actually happens. Sure there are individual events and half a dozen longer threads woven through the series, but the real drama is found in how the characters relate to each other and themselves. Each character is complex, multi-layered, often deeply flawed, and fascinating. So, not one for people who like plenty of action. It will, however, handsomely reward those who take delight in dialogue and character. In my opinion, simply perfect.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By The Orange Fellow on 28 Jan 2011
Format: Blu-ray
Mad Men has just finished it's fourth season, and Don Draper has now become a social icon - a relic of an era, to be admired and reviled.
Going back to the first season after all this times really allows you to see that the show was always meant for greatness. When I saw the first season originally, I knew it was great - but I didn't pay it the attention it deserved. I have corrected this error by re-watching the series on picture-perfect Bluray.

Every moment of the show is so amazingly well thought out - there is not a single missed line, or missed situation. The craftsmanship and dedication to perfection on this show in uncanny. Over the season the irony builds that Don - a man who doesn't truly know his own identity anymore, has been tasked with giving identity to objects (even more ironic that he's so gifted at it). The show deals with heavy themes every episode, though is never up front or heavy-handed enough to outright state them. The characters and era are so amazingly constructed that they leave an imprint on you, and will suddenly flash back to you during the day.

Bluray is the way to go with this series, too. It's a tired cliche to say that you could frame every shot of something - but this seems true for Mad Men. Every single moment a picture for a montage, a wonderfuully photographed piece,bursting with mise-en-scene and character. The special features are also terrific, with multiple commentaries for each epuisode, and a terrifically informative "making of" documentary.

This series is now platinum, and by re-watching the first series, I can see it was always destined to be.
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