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Mad Men Season 1


The first season of the American television drama series Mad Men premiered on July 19, 2007 and ended on October 18, 2007. It consisted of thirteen episodes, each running approximately 47 minutes.[1] AMC broadcast the first season on Thursdays at 10:00 pm in the United States. Actors Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, January Jones, Christina Hendricks, Bryan Batt, Michael Gladis, Aaron Staton, and Rich Sommer receive main cast billing.




Mad Men Season 1


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Season one takes place between March and November 1960. It introduces the fictional advertising agency Sterling Cooper. The season begins with the new secretary, Peggy Olson, starting her first day with the firm. As the season unfolds, the mysterious backstory of enigmatic ad man Don Draper is revealed as is the growing confidence and success of Peggy Olson.


The first season was highly commended for its excellence in writing, acting, and art design, as well as for its faithfulness to the era it depicted. It was acknowledged with numerous honors from industry awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, the Golden Globe Award for Best Drama Series, and a Peabody Award.


The first season opens in March 1960, as genius advertising executive Donald "Don" Draper meets Peggy Olson, his new secretary. They both work at the small but prestigious agency Sterling Cooper. Though Don is welcoming towards her, Peggy is subject to passive-aggressive hostility from office manager Joan Holloway and sexual harassment from her male colleagues. Junior accounts manager Pete Campbell, who is about to get married, takes a liking to Peggy and the two have sex the night of his bachelor party. Don, meanwhile, has trouble balancing his life as he cheats on his wife, Betty Draper, with a beatnik artist named Midge Daniels. Roger Sterling, the acerbic son of one of Sterling Cooper's founding partners, cheats on his wife, Mona, with Joan, of whom he is enamored.


The season ends just before Thanksgiving 1960, as Betty and Don bicker over Don's lack of interest in attending Thanksgiving dinner with Betty's family. Don cites his workload as his reason to stay home. Soon afterwards, Betty discovers Don was receiving calls from her psychiatrist, who was reporting on her sessions to Don. Don also learns that his brother Adam has hanged himself.


During a train ride, Don has a vision of returning home to announce he will be joining the family for Thanksgiving. Instead, Don returns home to find the house dark and empty. He sits alone at the bottom of the staircase as the season closes.


Along with Matthew Weiner, the writing staff of the first season consisted of co-executive producer Tom Palmer, who wrote two episodes; producer Lisa Albert, who wrote two episodes; producers and writing team Andre and Maria Jacquemetton, who wrote three episodes; writer's assistant Robin Veith, who wrote two episodes; and freelance writers Bridget Bedard and Chris Provenzano, who each wrote two episodes. Other producers included co-producer Blake McCormick, producer Todd London, and co-executive producer Scott Hornbacher. Primary directors of the first season were Tim Hunter, who directed four episodes, and Alan Taylor, who directed three including the pilot episode. The remaining episodes were directed by Ed Bianchi, Lesli Linka Glatter, Andrew Bernstein, series cinematographer Phil Abraham, Paul Feig, and series creator Matthew Weiner, who directs each season finale.


The first season of Mad Men received generally favorable reviews from critics. Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 87% of 30 critics have given the season a positive review. The site's consensus is: "Oozing evocative early 1960s ambiance, Mad Men is a sly, subversive look at the American workplace that radiates class, wit, and an undercurrent of disaffection."[20] On Metacritic, the first season scored 77 out of 100 based on 32 reviews, indicating generally favorable reviews.[21]


Variety's reaction to the first season was more mixed, commenting that "as a serialized drama, the program's situations aren't especially stirring, even with its solid, perfectly outfitted cast. The sheer atmosphere, however, proves intoxicating."[27] Tom Shales of The Washington Post wrote a negative review, stating that "the stories unfold in a dry, drab way and the pacing is desultory. Series directors are fond of long pauses that serve no purpose other than to give the impression that an actor forgot his next line."[28]


The first season of Mad Men was nominated for and won numerous industry awards, including fifteen Emmy nominations and six Emmy wins. At the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards, Mad Men won Outstanding Drama Series and Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Matthew Weiner for "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"). The series also won Creative Arts Emmys for Art Direction, Cinematography, Hairstyling, and Main Title Design.[29][30][31][32]


The first season was also honored by the Television Critics Association Awards, winning Program of the Year, Outstanding Achievement in Drama, and Outstanding New Program of the Year. Jon Hamm was also nominated for Individual Achievement in Drama at the 24th TCA Awards.[40]


The first season was released on DVD and Blu-ray in region 1 on July 1, 2008. In addition to the thirteen episodes, the discs include 26 audio commentaries by cast and crew, and featurettes regarding the production of the series and mini-documentaries on media culture and the historical time in which the story is set. Featurettes include "Establishing Mad Men", "Advertising the American Dream", and "Scoring Mad Men". Also included is a music sampler for music from the show, a photo gallery, and a season two preview.[42][43]


Season 1 takes place between March 1960 and November 1960. It introduces the fictional 1960s advertising agency Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. As the season unfolds, the mysterious backstory of enigmatic ad man Don Draper is revealed.


From the pilot episode of Mad Men, viewers became interested in the sometimes tough but always entertaining world of 1960s advertising. The main characters all go on a compelling journey, from Peggy dreaming of becoming a copywriter to Don coming to terms with his past and thinking more about what his future will look like. Major changes are set in motion for everyone and these plotlines have ripple effects in every season after the first one.


This episode still holds up well, as it introduces fans to the fascinating and tricky world of 1960s advertising. New York City is just as much a character as Don and his co-workers and love interests, and viewers learn about the power dynamics between the executives and secretaries at the Sterling Cooper. There's so much to keep viewers invested here and it's a smart introduction to the series. It's no wonder that the show kept fans hooked for 7 entire seasons.


Peggy doesn't love hearing this, and it's clear to fans that Peggy has strong beliefs about her place at Sterling Cooper. While Peggy is young and innocent here, and it's obvious that she will struggle a lot, fans can tell from season 1 that Peggy's career will likely be different. When viewers come back to these season 1 episodes, Peggy's inner confidence despite the tough world that she has entered stands out.


If Don wasn't great at coming up with ideas and making clients happy, the whole show would feel lackluster, but he's definitely got an incredible amount of talent. This pitch is a key part of season 1 since it's when fans learn that while Don might be emotionally unavailable and while he might hide his past, he will always excel at the office.


In the episode "October," Adam dies, and Don finds out about this tragedy in the season 1 finale "The Wheel." While it's heartbreaking to revisit this plotline, it does get better with time as fans can look back and see that this is the moment when Don realizes that pushing his feelings down might not work out for him.


While Roger has some funny quotes on Mad Men, Don isn't known for saying hilarious things or enjoying life all that much. That changes in the season 1 episode "Red in the Face" as he plays a prank on Roger.


This is the closest that Don comes to showing his emotions in season 1, and fans see the cracks in his perfect foundation start to show. It's a crucial storyline that proves that Don is holding a lot of feelings inside of him and there's much more that viewers can learn about him. This scene alone makes it easy to keep watching the show.


It's incredibly sad that Peggy doesn't realize that she's pregnant in season 1 of Mad Men, and her affair with Pete proves how tough relationships were in the '60s thanks to awful power dynamics and sexism. Pete doesn't treat Peggy well, and of course, he doesn't respect his wife Trudy, either.


In the season 1 finale "The Wheel," Betty can tell that Don is cheating, and she has definitely felt a disconnect in their relationship for a while. This is one of the most significant parts of season 1 because Don feels that his life is relatively stable while he's married to Betty. Things get much wilder and more intense for him after this.


The opening of season six was classic: A dying man's POV, fading to Don Draper reading Dante's "Inferno" on a Hawaiian beach, interrupted--of course--by the arrival of a cocktail as blue as the South Pacific waters that lap at Don and Megan's feet. It is, I'm guessing, a Blue Hawaii, a relatively recent cocktail invention, apparently: Created just a decade earlier, in 1957, by Harry Yee at the Hilton Hawaiian Village (the real-world analog to Mad Men's Royal Hawaiian resort, perhaps? Update: No, it's a real place!), it's a mix of rum, pineapple juice, sweet-and-sour mix, and the cerulean Curacao. Naturally, it comes topped with some fruit and a little paper umbrella.


So a house on the set of Mad Men has ghosts. Think of Bobby Draper in season six, tearing at his bedroom wallpaper to get at the wallpaper underneath. Both in script and in style, Mad Men treats history as a palimpsest, rewritten and rewritten on the same sheet of paper so that you can still read traces of the earlier drafts. There is always wallpaper under the wallpaper. 041b061a72


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