TV Series | TV-14 | | Drama
A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.
Each character has a distinct representation about them: Don represents the self-made man born into poverty and achieving the American dream through hard work and determination; Joan is able to change with the times fluidly because she was raised in the WWII era, where women worked men's jobs for the first time and had to do things for themselves - a resilience that Joan uses to her advantage; Roger is the antithesis of Don Draper, being born into wealth and privilege and represents the decline of the Mad Men era; Megan represents a modern woman who flaunts her independence and personality; Sally is the bridge between the former era and the new, but being raised by both; Betty is the 50's housewife incapable of accepting the changes of a new era; Peggy presents the self-made woman, having no female superiors to guide her, she must forge the path herself; Pete is the young upstart whose old family name declines in value in the workforce, forcing him to stand on his own.
Advertising is based on one thing: happiness. You know what happiness is? Happiness is smell of a new car. It's freedom from fear. It's a billboard on the side of the road that screams with reassurance that whatever you're doing, its okay. You are ...
In many outdoor scenes, the tops of palm trees can be seen - Particularly in the horse-riding/stable episodes in the first few seasons.
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