46 Facts About Mad Men


Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television.

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Mad Men is erratic and mysterious but is widely regarded throughout the advertising world as a genius; some of the most famous advertisement campaigns in history are shown to be his creations.

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Mad Men received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, acting, directing, visual style and historical authenticity; it won many awards, including 16 Emmys and five Golden Globes.

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Mad Men was influenced by director Wong Kar-wai in the music, mise en scene, and editorial style.

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Writers, including Weiner, amassed volumes of research on the period in which Mad Men takes place so as to make most aspects of the series—including detailed set design, costume design, and props—historically accurate, producing an authentic visual style that garnered critical praise.

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Mad Men was notorious for being selective about all aspects of the series, and maintained a high level of secrecy about production details.

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Mad Men is a hard-drinking, chain-smoking executive with a shadowy past who has achieved success in advertising.

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Mad Men's becomes pregnant with Pete Campbell's child, a pregnancy that neither she nor her family or co-workers seem to notice, until she goes to the emergency room due to illness, and they tell her she is in labor.

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Mad Men's is given more freedom to come up with her own creative advertising ideas, with Don always pushing her to be better.

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Mad Men looks up to Don in many ways, as both cheat on their wives and are not above manipulating or blackmailing.

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Mad Men's quickly accepts that her life will soon be over and makes plans for her funeral and her children's future care.

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Mad Men's had a long-term affair with Roger Sterling until his two heart attacks caused him to end the relationship.

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Mad Men's initially decides to terminate the pregnancy, but changes her mind and gives birth shortly before the beginning of Season 5, with her husband unaware that he is not the father.

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Mad Men's is furious over the loss of potential earnings and the fact that her sacrifice has been for nothing.

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Mad Men's father founded the firm with Bertram Cooper, hence his name comes before Cooper's in the firm's title.

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Mad Men offers to financially support his son but Joan does not believe that he is reliable.

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Mad Men has one admirer, art director Salvatore "Sal" Romano, who secretly has a crush on him.

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Mad Men becomes increasingly image-conscious and petty, culminating in Season 6 when he explodes at Joan after she fires his secretary Scarlet for falsifying her time card, venting his frustration over her being made partner when he was not.

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Mad Men is highly competitive, an attribute revealed to have soured a few friendships while he was in college, and which causes friction with Peggy, who quickly proves to be a superior copywriter to him.

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Mad Men is furious upon discovering that Don chose Peggy for the new agency over him.

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Mad Men gives Paul $500 and tells him to get to Los Angeles as soon as possible.

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Mad Men is fascinated by Japanese culture, requiring everybody, including clients, to remove their shoes before walking into his office, which is decorated with Japanese art.

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Mad Men owns a ranch in Montana and is a widower with no children.

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Mad Men is not seen for the rest of the season but is back at work at the beginning of Season 5, although without an office.

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Mad Men dies while watching the Apollo 11 moon landing on television.

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Mad Men appears to Don in two dream sequences following his death.

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Mad Men's becomes distraught when Don and Betty break the news that they are getting a divorce, reproaching her father for breaking his promise to always be there and accusing her mother of making him leave.

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Mad Men's develops a friendship with Glen, a boy who lives down the street from her .

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Mad Men's reminds him of his duty to his children and questions whether he would want to abandon his children after having grown up without a father.

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Mad Men's role is that of a strict taskmaster who brings spending under control, in particular by cutting out frivolous expenses.

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Mad Men's efforts are so successful, he is to be sent to India to enact cost-cutting measures, a move which Pryce is not looking forward to after having settled in with his wife and child in New York.

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Mad Men makes the transition to McCann Erickson in Season 7 and tells Peggy of his love for her at the conclusion of the series, which Peggy reciprocates.

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Mad Men tries to soothe Betty as she continues to react angrily to Don and his irresponsibility towards the children, but gets more fed up over time.

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Mad Men is initially hired to service the Mohawk account, and proves himself to be both prolific and innovative.

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In Salon, Nelle Engoron argued that while Mad Men seems to illuminate gender issues, its male characters get off "scot-free" for their drinking and adultery, while the female characters are often punished.

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Mad Men received widespread critical acclaim throughout its run, and is generally included on critics' lists of the greatest television shows of all time.

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In 2009, Mad Men was second in Nielsen's list of Top 10 timeshifted primetime TV programs, with a 57.

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Mad Men is nothing more than the fulfilment of every possible stereotype of the early 1960s bundled up nicely to convince consumers that the sort of morally repugnant behavior exhibited by its characters…is glamorous and vintage.

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Mad Men was credited with setting off a wave of renewed interest in the fashion and culture of the early 1960s.

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New York Times theater critic Ben Brantley wrote in 2011 that the success of Mad Men had turned "the booze-guzzling, chain-smoking, babe-chasing 1960s" into "Broadway's decade du jour", citing three 1960s-set musicals that had appeared on Broadway in the past year: revivals of Promises, Promises and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, and a new musical, Catch Me If You Can.

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In 2012 Mad Men set a record for the most Emmy nominations, 17, without winning.

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Advertising campaign for the fifth season of Mad Men was conceived by the network as a way to promote the series after the 17-month break between seasons.

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Users can take trivia quizzes based on the years in which the Mad Men episodes take place and find recipes for 1960s-era drinks on the Mad Men Cocktail Guide.

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Third season, the clothing store Banana Republic partnered with Mad Men to create window displays at its U S stores, showing clothing inspired by the fashion of the show.

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Mad Men featured a significant number of products and brands that existed both in the 1960s and at the time of airing, many of them shown as advertising clients, including Lucky Strike, Bethlehem Steel, Heineken, Volkswagen, Cadillac, Playtex, Chanel, Spam, Utz potato chips, Maidenform, Gillette, American Airlines and Clearasil.

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However, he found the product placement for Mad Men to be a frustrating experience: he called the Heineken deal "a disaster" because Heineken's legal department objected to depictions of irresponsible drinking in the show, and he said he was "disgusted" by the Unilever commercials, which were filmed on the Mad Men set against his will.

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