Mad Men was an American drama series that aired on the AMC cable network from 2007 to 2015. It was praised for its vivid depiction of 1960s social life and remarkable visual flair.
The show was conceived by Matthew Weiner, a writer and producer of TV shows including The Sopranos. the beautiful and successful creative director of New York City advertising agency Sterling Cooper, Don Draper (Jon Hamm). (“Madison Avenue” is a Manhattan street where several advertising agencies have traditionally been based.) Don’s coworkers include firm partner Roger Sterling (John Slattery), ambitious young account executive Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), and Joan Holloway, the firm’s head secretary (Christina Hendricks). It was clear from the show’s first episode that Don’s wife, Betty (January Jones), embodied the image of the mid-century suburban housewife.
Throughout the series, the heroes’ professional and emotional challenges were expertly addressed. The story opens with Don dissatisfied with his marriage (from which he frequently strays) and burdened by a past secret. (Don had taken a fellow soldier’s identity during the Korean War.) For many viewers, though, the historical context of Mad Men captivated them. Each season focused on a different era of the 1960s, from fashion to parenting philosophy. On-screen changes in attitudes regarding alcohol and parenting philosophies were depicted authentically in the show, which by the seventh season had proceeded to 1969. While Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) was a key figure in the decade, her story arc exemplified the improved opportunities for women. The series also offered as a window into the sweeping changes in advertising and consumer culture at the time. This unstable setting had far-reaching consequences. Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is renamed Sterling Cooper & Partners after a merger between Don and Betty.
Mad Men was hailed as a cultural phenomenon by critics and fans alike. In addition to the Emmys, the show earned three Golden Globes for best television drama series in its first four seasons.
Elisabeth Moss, full name Elisabeth Singleton Moss, was an American actress and producer best known for her main performances in multiple top-rated television programmes, earning her the moniker “the queen of peak TV.” She was born on July 24, 1982, in Los Angeles, California.
A musical family in LA raised Moss. Her American mother and British father both played blues harp. Moss began acting on television at the age of six in the 1990 miniseries Bar Girls and Lucky Chances. After a year at the School of American Ballet in NYC, she decided to focus on acting.
Moss debuted in Suburban Commando with Hulk Hogan in 1991. In Imaginary Crimes, she played the con man’s younger daughter (Harvey Keitel). Moss was on TV a lot. Picket Fences (1992–95) and Gypsy (1993). She also starred in Witch Mountain (1995). In 1999, she appeared in Girl, Interrupted with Winona Ryder and Angelina Jolie. Moss rose to fame as President Zoey Bartlet’s daughter on The West Wing (1999–2006).
Moss starred as ambitious secretary Peggy Olson in Mad Men (2007–15). Her role as an aspiring advertising creative was nominated for six Emmy Awards (2009–13, 2015). Galatea Dunkel/Helen Hinkle in On the Road (2012). From 2013 until 2017, she starred in Jane Campion’s Top of the Lake.
The Seagull (2018), based on Anton Chekhov’s play, The Invisible Man (2020), and Shirley Jackson in Shirley (2019). (2020). On the big screen, she appeared in The Handmaid’s Tale (2017–19). She won Emmys for acting and coproduction in 2017 for her portrayal of Offred (which was named best drama).
Her Broadway debut in a 2008 revival of David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow earned her a Tony Award nomination in 2015. She starred in Lillian Hellman’s The Children’s Hour in 2011.
Matthew Weiner (born June 29, 1965, Baltimore, Maryland, USA) is an American writer and producer.
When Weiner was nine, his family moved to LA. He graduated from Wesleyan in 1987 and USC in 1990. He was an uncredited joke writer for the 1996 TV series Party Girl before joining The Naked Truth (1995–98). In 1999, Weiner wrote for Becker (1998–2004). Andy Richter Controls the Universe was his 2000-2002 project.
After leaving Becker, Weiner wrote the pilot for Mad Men, a 1960s drama. That famous TV drama The Sopranos (1999–2007) creator David Chase received notice of his work took three years. Weiner joined the Sopranos writing staff in 2002, despite exclusively writing comedies previously. During the show’s final three seasons, he was nominated for two Emmys for writing and two for executive producer (he also acted in a small role in two episodes). AMC picked up Weiner’s Mad Men script as The Sopranos production finished down.
Mad Men, the channel’s first written drama after years of showing classic films, premiered in 2007. The exquisite show became a cultural phenomenon, with a loyal and big (for cable television) fan base. The programme won three Emmys and a Golden Globe for best television drama in its first three seasons, while Weiner won three Emmys for writing it. When Weiner was negotiating his contract with AMC in 2011, some media analysts believed he would be fired or the series would be cancelled. Weiner’s contract was extended for three more seasons after weeks of public conflict. A fourth drama Emmy for Mad Men in 2016. Severe 7 aired in 2014.
The failure comedy film Are You Here (2013) starred Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis.
Heather, the Totality, about an affluent Manhattan couple fascinated with their kid, was published in 2017. An Amazon series about characters who claim to be descendants of a deposed Russian royal line followed in 2012. A lot of his work was written and directed.