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Mad Men 8 Seasons 2007

Mad Men is a compelling insight into the harsh reality of life in the 60s, perfectly portrayed through the dealings of a prestigious ad agency in New York's Madison Avenue. This was the era of astonishing sexism, homophobia and the last golden years of the guilt free cigarette, as mass consumerism took hold and helped form the American dream.

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Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss

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1. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

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.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: 19 July 2007
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2. Ladies Room

Don continues to conceal his increasingly complicated personal life, even in the face of Roger's (John Slattery) invitation to open up. Meanwhile, Peggy pines for the absent Pete - still on his honeymoon - while fending off the advances of several of the men of Sterling Cooper.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: 26 July 2007
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3. Marriage of Figaro

Pete returns from his honeymoon, excited about his new marriage, but conflicted about his past encounter with Peggy. After his business relationship with Rachel takes an unforeseen turn, Don attends a party which further illuminates his increasing dissatisfaction with his present life.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: 2 August 2007
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4. New Amsterdam

Pete's professional and personal lives become more complicated as he struggles to assert power in both. While facing pressure from his wife regarding a new apartment, he further alienates Don and endangers his own position at Sterling Cooper.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: 9 August 2007
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5. 5G

After Don wins an award, his photo is featured in Advertising Age. Don must deal with the fallout as the photo brings back a past he isn't ready to confront. Ken gets a short story published in The Atlantic Monthly, inciting jealousy among his colleagues and driving Pete to make an unorthodox request of his wife.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: 16 August 2007
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6. Babylon

A taboo office romance is revealed. At a brainstorming session, Peggy proves to be more than a secretary, opening up new opportunities for her at Sterling Cooper. Meanwhile, Rachel faces her conflicted feelings for Don after he seeks out her advice on a new campaign.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: 23 August 2007
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7. Red in the Face

Roger joins Don for an evening of dinner and drinking, during which Roger's behaviour leads to a rift in their friendship. Though Don accepts his apology, there are further consequences for Roger. Pete faces trouble at home as he continues to struggle with the demands of his new marriage.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 30 August 2007
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8. The Hobo Code

Don is tormented as pieces of his secretive past begin to haunt him. Peggy's new success at work, and resulting boost in confidence, threaten her office relationship. Salvatore (Bryan Batt) gets a little too close with a client.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: 6 September 2007
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9. Shoot

A rival ad agency courts Don, involving Betty in their attempt to lure him from Sterling Cooper. As the presidential campaign heats up, the agency looks for new ways to counter the latest Kennedy ads. Tempers flare over Peggy.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 13 September 2007
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10. Long Weekend

Don loses an account. Roger, stuck in the city for Labour Day weekend, attempts to cheer him up. Meanwhile, Joan has a night out on the town with her roommate.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 27 September 2007
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11. Indian Summer

Peggy is given a difficult assignment. Roger's work problems provide new opportunities for Don, and Pete grows more frustrated. Betty finds a new outlet for her growing dissatisfaction.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 4 October 2007
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12. Nixon vs Kennedy

On election night, the Sterling Cooper staff pulls a rowdy all-nighter while watching the returns. Pete's ambitions cause him to directly challenge Don.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: 11 October 2007
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13. The Wheel

As Thanksgiving approaches, Don's work responsibilities interfere with his domestic life. Peggy is given a new opportunity, provoking the ire of some of her colleagues. Betty makes a startling discovery.

AGES-15-AND-OVER Subtitles Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: 18 October 2007
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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
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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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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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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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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I think the style / presentation of Mad Men, striking as it is, overtakes the actual content of the show:- lots of reviewers are drawn to praising the accuracy of the sets, the detail of the costuming and the quality of the acting. But this is surely a diversion?

Visually there certainly is a "wow" factor but just because the show is executed with style does not mean there is artistic worth to the actual content. What matters as a viewer is getting emotionally involved with the characters and being moved by their stories. That's where I think Mad Men struggles a bit.

Having just finished series 1, I'm struck that the show is really little more than a kitchen-sink drama: all the characters are unhappy, projecting an image that fails to match the sadness of their real feelings. A 60's society striving for "perfection" but which, like advertising, sells an image not the reality.

So far, so obvious - it's yet another dissection of the American Dream & that's been done before in various artistic forms. Quite a lot in fact.

How is this central conceit played out? We get the 2 main characters, the "apple pie" perfect American couple the Drapers: him successful, powerful & dashing (possibly even more square-jawed than Stan from American Dad) and her: doll-like, beautiful and the perfect mother. But what's this? The reality is that he's actually vulnerable and confused (and in the Don/Dick storyline quite literally projecting an image of who he is) and she feels trapped, unfulfilled and inadequate. He's giving vent to his frustrations by hitting the bottle at work, playing power games with his colleagues or cheating on his wife. Meanwhile, she's stuck at home, propping herself up with alcohol or getting intimate with the spin dryer cycle.
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