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
Network Lionsgate
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

154 of 164 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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4 of 4 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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110 of 120 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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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Ali McGinley on 8 May 2010
Format: DVD
Incredibly well researched, this is a beautiful drama bubbling with a tension which really captures the era. Mad Men is overwhelmingly uncomfortable to watch for those of us who were brought up in an age defined by both political correctness and economic change - not only is this a chauvinistic, homophobic world defined by men, it is a world of capitalism, consumerism and greed. And yet it is exactly this which makes this so watchable.

The series revolves around an ad agency on Madison Avenue in the 60s, and its strength lies in the slow building of the characters who inhabit this shady world of cigarette sales and illicit office liasons. The central tenet of the series is office politics as the "Mad Men" vie for advertising sales of products which define the 60s,ranging from the first disposable diapers to the carousel slide projector. Set against a backdrop of an America on the edge, we are treated to original footage from, for example, the Kennedy/Nixon election campaign. We are left in no doubt that this is an accurate portrayal of a world which now seems so out of touch: where smoking and drinking to excess in the office is normal, where women are objectified and dismissed (pre 60s feminism at its most disquieting), where the billboard presentation of a sinister American Dream shaped by mass production is as much a facade as that presented by many of the characters to their nearest and dearest on a daily basis.

And it is this which keeps you hooked: there is a gripping sense of something disturbing lying just under the surface - as it does with so many of its characters- and we are never very sure when the explosion will happen. It is very real, very unsettling and above all, a harsh reminder that we have a long way to go before we can really leave behind the legacies of this era.
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