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The professional and personal lives of those who work in advertising on Madison Avenue - self-coined "mad men" - in the 1960s are presented. The stories focus on those at one of the avenue's smaller firms, Sterling Cooper, and its various incarnations over the decade. At the heart of these stories is Donald Draper, the creative genius of the company. That professional creative brilliance belies the fact of a troubled childhood, one that he would rather forget and not let anyone know about except for a select few, but one that shaped who he is as an adult and as an ad man in the need not only to sell products but sell himself to the outside world. His outward confidence also masks many insecurities as evidenced through his many vices, such as excessive smoking, drinking and womanizing - the latter despite being a family man - and how he deals with the aftermath of some of the negative aspects of his life.

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S1E1

Shut the Door. Have a Seat. Episode 1 discussion thread 13 comments
S1E1- "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" Discussion Thread 41 comments
Mad Men Season 1 Episode 1, "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" discussion thread 60 comments
Quarantine Rewatch - With Surveys! And Thoughts! Episode 1 and 2 4 comments

S1E2

Shut the Door. Have a Seat. Episode 2 Discussion Thread 8 comments
Episode 2 gem. SPOILER 3 comments
S1E2- "Ladies Room" Discussion Thread 14 comments
Mad Men Season 1 Episode 2, "Ladies Room" discussion thread 1 comments

S1E3

S1E3- "Marriage of Figaro" Discussion Thread 22 comments
Shut the Door. Have a Seat. Podcast S1:E3 Discussion Thread 11 comments

S1E4

S1E4- "New Amsterdam" Discussion Thread 12 comments
(media) Mad Men Season Five, Episode 4 Discussion 1 comments
Shut the Door. Have a Seat. Podcast S1:E4 Discussion Thread 4 comments

S1E5

S1E5- "5G" Discussion Thread 5 comments

S1E6

In “Babylon” (S1E6), Sterling Cooper is the Tower of Babel and Joan is the Whore of Babylon (visual and narrative clues) 25 comments
S1 E6 - “Babylon” song 3 comments
Shut the Door. Have a Seat. Podcast S1:E6 Discussion Thread 4 comments
Rewatching Mad Men, thoughts on Season 1 Episode 6 10 comments

S1E7

S1E7- "Red in the Face" Discussion Thread 4 comments
Shut the Door. Have a Seat. Podcast S1:E7 Discussion Thread 3 comments
Behind The Scenes: S1E7: Red in the Face 12 comments

S1E8

S1E8- "The Hobo Code" Discussion Thread 12 comments

S1E9

S1E9- "Shoot" Discussion Thread 4 comments
Season 1, Episode 9 "Shoot" 3 comments

S1E10

Okay! Let's discuss Mad Men episode 10, and post your favorite quote. 16 comments
S1E10- "Long Weekend" Discussion Thread 4 comments
Season 1, Episode 10 - Kennedy Ad Question 9 comments
S1 E10- “Long Weekend” discussion for In A Snit the podcast 0 comments

S1E11

S1E11- "Indian Summer" Discussion Thread 3 comments
In season 1 episode 11 why did Betty have the salesman (the air conditioning one) leave? 21 comments

S1E12

S1E12- "Nixon vs. Kennedy" Discussion Thread 2 comments
mad men season 1 episode 12 4 comments

S1E13

S1E13- "The Wheel" Discussion Thread 10 comments

S1E713

Episode 713 "The Milk and Honey Route" discussion thread 49 comments

S2E2

(spoilers) in S2E2, what is the significance of pete's mom and the pink elephant behind trudy? 7 comments

S2E4

S2E4- "Three Sundays" Discussion Thread 9 comments

S2E5

S2E5- "The New Girl" Discussion Thread 9 comments

S2E7

S2E7- "The Gold Violin" Discussion Thread 39 comments
(media) Mad Men - Don Draper buys a 1962 Cadillac Coupe deVille. S2, episode 7, "The Gold Violin" 4 comments

S2E9

(media) Re-watching Mad Men for like the 3rd time and I stumbled across the most iconic image of the series. Season 2, Episode 9, at the 30:01 mark. 8 comments

S2E10

Behind The Scenes: S2E10 - The Inheritance 4 comments

S2E11

Mad Men Season 2 Episode 11 The Jet Set 11 comments

S3E1

Season 3 episode 1 . Out of town 9 comments
(media) Underrated song in the Mad Men soundtrack. "Sally's Story" featured in Season 3 Episode 1: Out of Town 7 comments

S3E3

S3E3 'My old Kentucky home' pulled from the dutch Netflix? 1 comments
(media) Mad Men Season 3, Episode 3 "My Old Kentucky Home.. 29 comments

S3E5

[An Interesting Take] Why Dennis Hobart Didn't Smile Back at Don [S3: E5 - "The Fog"] 5 comments

S3E7

S03E07 - 723 - Re: Don's Contract 6 comments

S3E8

S3 Ep 8 Question/Discussion 9 comments

S3E9

What if it had been Peggy instead of Sal? (Spoiler: 3x09) 13 comments
(media) When Don comes across Suzanne Farrell on her morning jog (S3E9, "Wee Small Hours") she is wearing a Bowdoin College sports outfit. Yet Bowdoin only became coed in 1971. Are we to assume that she dated a "Bowdoin man" at some point before? 5 comments

S3E13

(media) Was rewatching Shut the door,have a seat(S3EP13) and I never noticed it. My apologies if this was posted or discussed before. 4 comments
Question about S3 Ep 13 - Shut the Door. Have a Seat (spoilers) 3 comments
where does Peggy's loyalty to Don come from? In S3/E13 she says: Beg me, you didn't even ask me. Don has been very hard on her. 45 comments

S4E2

S4E2 Don’s secretary, Allison, received the bonus they had previously discussed, in cash, right after they hooked up. 36 comments

S4E3

Season 4 Episode 3 "The Good News" might be my favorite episode 12 comments
S4E3 - The Good News (Don’s Most Heartbreakingly Honest Moment) 8 comments

S4E5

“The Chrysanthemum and the Sword” S4E5 Noticed something that went over my head till now. 4 comments

S4E7

My take on "The Suitcase" (S04.E07) : the best episode ever made? 10 comments
Mad Men S04E07, The Suitcase - best episode so far 6 comments

S4E9

The Beautiful Girls [S4E9] and Hair Color 6 comments

S4E10

(media) Lynn Shelton suddenly died. In addition to tons of other great work, she directed a fantastic episode in Mad Men's best season-- Season 4 e10 "Hands and Knees" 4 comments

S4E12

Something I noticed in S04E12 "Blowing Smoke" regarding Betty 14 comments
Watching for first time. At S4 E12. Betty Draper is such a bitch! 24 comments
mad men season 4 episode 12 what did midges painting spark in don 10 comments
mad men season 4 episode 12 what did midges painting spark in don? 0 comments

S4E13

Mad Men S04E13 Commentary track #1 Mixing error? 4 comments

S5E1

Let's Discuss s5e1 (spoilers) 45 comments

S5E3

(media) Mad Men Season 5, Episode 3 Discussion 2 comments

S5E4

The scene between Peggy and Dawn Season 5 episode 4 4 comments

S5E5

(media) Mad Men Season 5, Episode 5 Discussion 0 comments
(media) Mad Men Season 5 Episode 5 Lane Pryce Fights Peter Campbell 42 comments
I just finished Mad Men Season 5 Episode 5 , it was one of the best episodes IMO 10 comments

S5E6

(media) Mad Men Season 5, Episode 6 Discussion 3 comments

S5E8

Episode Discussion Beyond S05E08 2 comments

S5E11

Owning women: "The Other Woman" episode discussion (Season 5, episode 11) ((re-watchers unite!)) 8 comments

S5E12

[Spoiler Alert] In defense of...(S05E12) 87 comments

S6E1

Season 6: Episode 1 - "The Doorway" - Episode Discussion 955 comments
(media) I know Matthew Weiner explained this as Betty being comfortable joking darkly with Henry; but it's still one of the weirdest moments in Mad Men for me regardless [6x01] 163 comments

S6E3

Anyone want to discuss the symbolism of the food in s06e03 ? 17 comments

S6E4

Season 6 Episode 4 - "To Have and to Hold" - Episode Discussion 1202 comments

S6E5

LOST reference, s6e5 4 comments
Discussion thread for s6/e5 "The Flood" 1360 comments

S6E6

Discussion thread for Mad Men S6E06, "For Immediate Release" 1450 comments
S06E06 Discussion: Comparing Pete and Don - Is Don just as petty and despicable as Pete? 44 comments

S6E7

Discussion thread for Mad Men S6E07, "Man With a Plan" 1535 comments
S6E7 - 'Man With a Plan' is probably my least favourite Mad Men episode, and I think it was designed that way 31 comments

S6E8

(media) [S6E8] So I've read A LOT of the discussions, theories, and conjectures - and although a lot of it was fantastic, it wasn't until I read this review of Sunday's episode that fucking nailed it for me. 26 comments
Mad Men Season 6 Episode 8, The Crash 9 comments

S6E9

Foreshadowing from S06E09 when Don hallucinates 18 comments

S6E10

Episode Discussion for S06E10 "A Tale of Two Cities" 1649 comments

S6E11

Episode Discussion for S06E11 "Favors" 2027 comments
can we talk abt smth from s6 e11?? 5 comments

S6E12

Episode Discussion for S06E12: "The Quality of Mercy" 1995 comments

S6E13

Episode Discussion for S06E13 Season Finale "In Care Of" 3348 comments

S7E1

Post-episode discussion thread: S7E1 "Time Zones" 206 comments
Mad Men, Season 7 Episode 1 Discussion/Review 1 comments
Mad Men Season 7 Episode 1, "Time Zones" discussion thread. 2010 comments

S7E3

Mad Men Season 7 Episode 3, "Field Trip" discussion thread 2414 comments
S07E03 - Betty Draper??? 6 comments

S7E4

Can we discuss season 7 episode 4 “The Monolith” 10 comments
Mad Men Season 7 Episode 4, "The Monolith" discussion thread 1854 comments
S7E4 - Convo between Don and the computer guy - IBM's professional services business model in one slide 0 comments

S7E5

Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 14 "Person to Person" Post-Episode discussion thread 2056 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 13 "The Milk and Honey Route" Post-Episode discussion thread 931 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 12 "Lost Horizon" Post-Episode discussion thread 678 comments
S07.5E8 Severance Post-Episode Discussion Thread 511 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 10 "The Forecast" Post-Episode discussion thread 444 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 11 "Time & Life" Post-Episode discussion thread 356 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5/9 "New Business" Post-Episode discussion thread 302 comments
S07.5 E09 'New Business' Post-Post Discussion Thread 58 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 14 "Person to Person" discussion thread 5771 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 13 "The Milk and Honey Route" discussion thread 3567 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 8 "Severance" discussion thread 2815 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 12 "Lost Horizon" discussion thread 3006 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 9 "New Business" discussion thread 2541 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 10 "The Forecast" discussion thread 2755 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 11 "Time & Life" discussion thread 2514 comments
Mad Men Season 7 Episode 5, "The Runaways" discussion thread 2179 comments
Mad Men Season 7.5 Episode 15 "Homecoming" discussion thread 102 comments
Proposal: daily episode rewatch to the debut of season 7.5 8 comments

S7E6

Mad Men Season 7 Episode 6, "The Strategy" discussion thread 2082 comments
Mad Men Season 7 Episode 6, "The Strategy" Discussion Thread 2 comments
Season 7 Episode 6 - The Strategy - Chinese Discussion (No dirty Westerners allowed!) 77 comments

S7E7

Mad Men Season 7 Episode 7, "Waterloo" discussion thread 2448 comments
The Daily Mad Men Rewatch: S07E07 "Waterloo" (spoilers) 97 comments

S7E11

Season 7 Episode 11, Time & Life discussion! 7 comments

S7E12

Season 7 Episode 12 discussion/extras 2 comments
Small catch from "Lost Horizon" S7E12 4 comments