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Cable television drama fictionalizing the 1960's era of advertising on New York City's Madison Avenue. Ran from 19 July 2007 until 17 May 2015.

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Was Don Draper’s secret planned at the time of the pilot?

In Mad Men, Don Draper has a troubled past: he grew up very poor, enlisted in the Korean War, and However, the first hints of his concealing his past did not come until the second episode of the ...
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What is the 5:31 referring to in Mad Men?

In season 1 episode 7: Red in the Face, there was this exchange: Roger: What are you up to tonight? Don: I'm on the 5:31. Roger: Reservations at home. I've had those. What does the 5:31 refer to? I ...
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Why didn't Don Draper follow hair and facial hair styles that trended in mid/late 60s?

The TV series Mad Men plot starts in 1960, where we can see that hairstyle is mostly short, greased, combed, flat and facial hair style is freshly shaven. Matthew Weiner seems to have worked close to ...
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What did Roger Sterling do at the Pond’s lunch?

In Mad Men season 4, episode 2, Christmas Comes But Once a Year, Freddy Rumsen comes back to the agency, bringing with him the Pond’s account. Shortly thereafter Roger Sterling comes back from a lunch ...
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What happened to Peggy Olson's short-lived attitude change in the beginning of season 2?

In Mad Men S02E01, Peggy Olson becomes assertive, speaking up during meetings, even berating Lois at one point. Her entire demeanor had changed. But in subsequent episodes, this attitude change went ...
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In episode 10 season 1 of Mad Men, how did Pete find out that Roger was in the hospital?

The title says it all. There's a point in the episode near the end where Pete meets Don in the hospital to ask about "what happened", possibly indicating that he only heard that something was wrong, ...
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How accurate are the real life references to advertising campaigns in Mad Men

There are numerous real life firms mentioned in Mad Men. How accurate are these references - i.e. are all of the firms that are talked about real life firms (or only certain ones), and are the ...
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What would SC&P need a Computer for?

In the Mad Men Season 7 Episode "The Monolith", the Agency SC&P are installing the IBM System/360 Computer and especially the Creative Department seems very upset about that. But it seems strange ...
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What play do Draper and Megan see?

Mad Men Season 5 episode 9, "Christmas Waltz": Don Draper and his wife see a play. The stage is gray with blocks, the cast's clothes are gray too. Was it real? What was the name of the play?
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Was it that easy to fake identities back in the 1950s?

In S01E12 of Mad Men which was titled "Nixon vs. Kennedy", there is a flashback of the story of How Don Draper (Dick Whitman) exchanged identity with his fellow soldier after the explosion accident in ...
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Don Draper's Past With Bert Cooper

I recently finished Mad Men and I wanted to know if Bert actually knew about Don's past because he has always been extra affectionate towards him, something he even rarely shows to Roger during the ...
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Why was Don Draper self-destructive?

The recurrent theme of Mad Men was Don's self-destruction. Right from the start, he had everything - he was hailed as an advertising genius, his boss (Roger Sterling) was practically his friend, he ...
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What is the significance of the Coke ad?

In closing scenes of the final episode of Mad Men, we see many lose ends tied up. Joan is settled, Peggy is settled, Roger is settled. But what about Don? We see Don meditating, repeating the Om ...
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Why "The Best Things in Life Are Free?"

In the mid-season finale of Mad Men's season 7 (Episode 7, "Waterloo), Bert Cooper appears to Don and sings a glowing rendition of "The Best Things in Life Are Free." The musical number was a unique ...
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What happened between seasons 2 and 3 of Mad Men?

I just began season 3, and I understand... nothing. Last episode of season 2, we see Don saying he will "not be a part of Sterling Cooper anymore" since Duck Philips is promoted Director. (And Pete ...
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What is the significance of the missing elevator car?

In Season 5, Episode 8 "Lady Lazarus", Don sees Megan out of the office after she resigns. Immediately the elevator door closes on her, he calls another elevator. The door opens but there is no ...
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Was Don Draper happily married to Betty? [closed]

So I watched seasons 1-3 of Madmen and I'm a bit confused as to why Don Draper cheats on his wife. I always thought when married men cheat, it's because they are unhappy or they just don't have a sex ...
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Why did Draper pay the Elevator Attendant to shut off service?

In the episode Red in the Face (S01E07), Don pays the elevator attendant to deny access to the elevator when Sterling and Draper show up later. Why would Draper do that considering that both Draper ...
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Why didn't Draper fire Peter?

In season 1, Peter Campbell tries to blackmail Draper into giving him the job of head of accounts by using his secret past against him. Draper refuses to budge, and Peter's plan backfires when their ...
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What movie is Don watching?

In Season 6, Episode 1 of Mad Men, Don is observed watching something on the television. Is there a symbolic importance to what is on the television? Given that we're shown what it is, I doubt it is ...
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What happens to Peggy Olsen's baby?

I have gone through 1 1/4 seasons of Mad Men. I saw the nurse take the baby away from a disinterested Peggy. I am not asking for a spoiler. I would like to know if they had simply let the future of ...
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Why did Don Draper steal the identity of his fellow soldier?

In the first season of Mad Men, it is revealed that Don Draper was born Richard Whitman, but stole the identity "Don Draper" from a fellow soldier who died in Korea. The other soldier's body was not ...
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What was wrong with Betty's hands?

Early in the first season of Mad Men, Don Draper's wife Betty seems to be suffering from some kind of affliction that makes her hands go numb. She eventually sees a psychiatrist and the whole thing ...
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Why have Joan and Don never gotten together?

In the tenth episode of the fifth season, in an episode titled "Christmas Waltz," Joan and Don visit a Jaguar dealership to test drive a car, and subsequently find themselves at a bar discussing their ...
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What lead to Don and Betty getting divorced on Mad Men?

Through the first three seasons of Mad Men, Don and Betty's relationship (and Don's indiscretions) are a primary focus. What factors contributed to the dissolving their marriage?
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In Mad Men, is the firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Price (or its earlier iteration, Sterling Cooper) based on a real advertising agency?

As Executive Producer Matthew Weiner asserts in this article, the character of Don Draper is based on the "creative head" of advertising agency Leo Burnett in the 1960s, Draper Daniels. What about ...
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How accurate are the smoking and drinking habits of the characters on Mad Men?

Though the stories and characters have become the focal point for analysis as Mad Men has evolved, early in its existence there was a great deal of discussion regarding the amount of smoking and ...
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