Mad Men (2007–2015)
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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 

New York City, 1960s. In the ego-driven Golden Age of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is what it seems.

Director:

Alan Taylor

Writers:

Matthew Weiner (created by), Matthew Weiner
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jon Hamm ... Don Draper
Elisabeth Moss ... Peggy Olson
Vincent Kartheiser ... Pete Campbell
January Jones ... Betty Draper
Christina Hendricks ... Joan Holloway
Maggie Siff ... Rachel Menken
Remy Auberjonois ... Dr. Emerson
Darren Pettie ... Lee Garner, Jr.
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Midge Daniels
John Cullum ... Lee Garner, Sr.
John Slattery ... Roger Sterling
Bryan Batt ... Salvatore Romano
Michael Gladis ... Paul Kinsey
Aaron Staton ... Ken Cosgrove
Rich Sommer ... Harry Crane
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Storyline

In 1960 New York City - the high-powered and glamorous "Golden Age" of advertising - Don Draper, the biggest ad man in the business, struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels. Written by Official Site

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 July 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes See more »

Filming Locations:

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Among its unique rehearsal and filming elements, the series never used any walkthroughs or other practice elements for its scenes. The cast and crew would do a read-through of each episode and then immediately begin shooting the scenes they'd just discussed. Matthew Weiner also did not like re-shoots and the show avoided them unless they had no choice but to use them; most of the scenes for the show's entire run are in fact 1st takes. See more »

Goofs

Lucky Strike's "It's toasted" slogan came to use in 1917. See more »

Quotes

Title Card: MAD MEN. A term coined in the late 1950's to describe the advertising executives of Madison Avenue. The coined it.
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Connections

Featured in Screenwipe: Episode #5.2 (2008) See more »

Soundtracks

Shangri-La
(uncredited)
Music by Matty Malneck and Robert Maxwell
Performed by Robert Maxwell
playing in the strip club
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Interesting topics, impressive authenticity, convincing acting but conventional characters and predictable story
9 May 2010 | by igoatabaseSee all my reviews

After what I read about the show my expectations were quite high. In fact I was driven to Mad Men because of its creativity topic, praised historical authenticity and visual style, and convincing cast. The awards it won are definitely deserved but I didn't find what I was looking for. First it didn't blow me away and only reminded me of all these productions trying to reproduce what America was back in the 60s. There's nothing wrong with history, the contrary, but I didn't learn anything new about that period. Worst I couldn't relate to the characters and even if their superficial masks hide complex personalities none really intrigued me. The actor playing the protagonist is perfect in its role and its story could be captivating to follow but if you need something more than entertaining then it can only be disappointing. In fact I even found the story boring at times. More most behaviors are predictable and the worst is that it didn't inspire me at all. The new secretary who don't know the city and will be an easy prey for the men playing in the upper league. The powerful mistress, the loving wife, the sharks trying to seduce their boss to better make him fall… If you dig these profiles then you should be in your element but I wasn't. However the visuals are definitely impressive but sadly the pilot contents doesn't match their quality. I wished the story had focused more on the company's work than predictable conflicts and troubling relationships. Don't get me wrong Mad Men is a good show and definitely has potential, specially considering it has reached its third season, but it's just not what I was hoping for. Still covering controversial topics like smoking, health issues and creativity crisis are interesting so if I got my hand on the first season DVD maybe I would watch a few more episodes.


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