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'Mad Men' Synopsis and Other Essential Information


'Mad Men' Synopsis and Other Essential Information

The Mad Men Ad Men

Photo Credit: © Craig Blankenhorn/AMC

Series Premiere:

July 19, 2007

When is it on?:

Mad Men airs on Sundays at 10pm EST during the show's actual season. Check local listings for repeats.

Setting/Time Period:

The series takes place during the '60s in New York City.

'Mad Men' Cast:

  • Jon Hamm as Don Draper
  • January Jones as Betty Draper
  • John Slattery as Roger Sterling
  • Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell
  • Elizabeth Moss as Peggy Olson
  • Michael Gladis as Paul Kinsey
  • Aaron Staton as Ken Cosgrove
  • Rich Sommer as Harry Crane
  • Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway
  • Bryan Batt as Salvatore Romano
  • Robert Morse as Bertram Cooper
  • Talia Balsam as Mona Sterling
  • Mark Moses as Herman “Duck” Phillips

Getting to Know the Characters:


Where The Truth Lies ...


  • John Slattery and his real wife Talia Balsam played husband and wife on the series.
  • The term "mad men" is what the men in the advertising industry on Madison Avenue called themselves during the '60s.
  • From the background scenery to the costumes, everything you see on the show is historically accurate.



'Mad Men' Synopsis:

If you think the advertising business is a rough place to work in present day, you haven't lived in the 1960s. Mad Men takes us back to New York in the '60s, when the advertising agencies just about ruled the world. The men were pioneers in the field, while the women were trying to make their mark in the business world.

From cigarettes to birth control, The Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency stops at nothing to corner the market -- no matter how far they have to go or how many lives they need to ruin in the process. Much like the ads Sterling Cooper creates, all viewers need is once glance before falling under the spell of this fantastic series.
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