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Mad Men

Season One
(DVD - 2008 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
Mad Men


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In the glamorous and ego-driven world of advertising, everyone is selling something and nothing is ever what it seems. Set in 1960 New York, this series reveals the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue's "Golden Age," where key players make an art of the sell while their private world gets sold. And no one plays the game better than Don Draper, the biggest ad man, and ladies' man, in the business.
Statement of Responsibility: created by Matthew Weiner ; executive producer, Matthew Weiner ; Lions Gate Television Inc. ; Weiner Bros. ; AMC
Title: Mad men
Season one
[videorecording]
Publisher: Santa Monica, CA :, Lionsgate,, [2008]
Edition: Widescreen
Characteristics: 4 videodiscs (ca. 616 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Nov 20, 2013
  • LibraryUser53 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I made it through 30 minutes of the first episode and pulled anchor. I found the content so uninteresting and lacking merit that I popped DVD # 1 out of the player, and returned this set (unwatched) to the library the next day. I guess I don't find watching the intrigue of amateurish office politics very interesting. Not recommended.

Report This Mar 05, 2013
  • 22950006357453 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

if yor trying to quit smoking do not watch this show

Report This Nov 13, 2012
  • mjayh rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I spent some of the sixties in broadcasting, closely associated with advertising, and I find this series absolutely note perfect. Someone in a previous comment suggested a lack of authenticity because of the omission of the F word, but indeed that word was almost never used then among educated, professional people. What's interesting is just how much cruder some men were then, even without the expletives that fall off the lips of men and women today. I preferred the second season to the first--the characters were better established--and in this first season, it seemed to me that the episodes on the first and second disc were better than on the third and fourth.

Report This Aug 27, 2012
  • snowy_moon2 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A pretty good TV series, though a bit stiff at times. Cast members vary greatly in acting ability. Can be a touch patronizing to people who actually lived during the fifties and sixties as the series tends to make characters two-dimensional and overly naive. In some ways I would compare Mad Men to the Brady Bunch spoof movies that were made decades after the original.

Report This Jun 16, 2012
  • mjcuaycong rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

Excellent performance by Jon Hamm, John Slattery, January Jones. The concept of following the life of Madison Avenue ad firm in the 1960's is original. However, the execution is lame. Each episode seems an endless series of college fraternity antics and attitudes. The only real adults in this ad firm are Don Draper (Hamm) and Roger (Slattery). Of course, 1960's attitudes may have been chauvinistic by current standards but the writing seems uni-dimensional. Even movies about Wall Street, which still remains primarily a "boys club" have more substance. Hopefully, writers get out their real creative hats in the following seasons.

Report This Jun 09, 2012
  • Bookworm39 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This is a terrific series. It is funny to see all the smoking and drinking that went on at work in the 1960's. Love all the characters and can't wait to see Season 2

Report This Jun 07, 2012
  • xaipe rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This series really nails the 50's & 60's. Yes, people really did smoke almost constantly and people really did reach for a drink (or tranquilizer pill) at the slightest emotional disturbance. I clearly remember it on TV and in the movies. The casual sexism and racism is also accurate. I absolutely hated the 50's and now I can clearly see why. Lies, booze, nationalism, sexism, racism, greed --- what's not to like? A wonderful & accurate portrayal of a time I'm very glad is past.

Report This Apr 30, 2012
  • rufus_red4 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

On the whole, the acting, writing, production design and costumes are all excellent. My quibbles? The smoking is forced. Smoking in classic Hollywood movies seem very natural, as it were. The majority of these actors look uncomfortable and some are clearly not inhaling. 1960 is before my time but I do remember when smoking was permissible, but even still, not EVERYONE smoked. Also, this show begs for profanity. These characters in the line of business they're in would've dropped the f, s, c, etc, words constantly, I feel the omission is jarring. It's interesting how they're allowed to show someone's face blown off and their guts hanging out, but they can't show explicit sex, nudity or speak profanity. Oh well.

Report This Feb 17, 2012
  • pmischler rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Outstanding series. They've done a great job of presenting the '60's down to the finest of details. Great acting as well.

Report This Jan 31, 2012
  • Earl64 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I was born in 1947 and lived through the sixties. It really does an excellent job of recreating the look and feel of the 1960s. Great Series!!!

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Report This Apr 07, 2011
  • BlueLotus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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Report This Apr 07, 2011
  • BlueLotus rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: Many people have affairs in this show, and thus are frequently seen in bed together.

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