The AMC network’s hit show ‘Mad Men’ is well regarded as one of the greatest television dramas of the past ten years. Here are 30 things that die-hard fans may not know about the show.
Created by writer/producer Matthew Weiner and premiering in 2007, Mad Men is an intimate look into the iconic 1960’s of America. The show is unique for its stunning visual design, excellent acting, and its engaging storylines. Ad man Donald ‘Don’ Draper, played by Jon Hamm, experiences the highs and lows of the cutthroat business while knee deep in cigarettes, alcohol, and sexual temptation while trying to maintain his personal and professional life.
The ensemble show is filled with terrific actors, such as Elizabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, who began as Don’s secretary but worked her way up to copywriter and then copy chief. While Joan Holloway, played by Christina Hendricks, ascended from office manager to junior partner. Both characters represent the struggles of working women in an office filled with gender inequality, representative of society at the time.
Rounding out the cast include fellow firm partners Roger Sterling (John Slattery) and Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse), and executives Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Kenneth Cosgrove (Aaron Staton), and Harry Crane (Rich Sommer). Don Draper’s personal life is also depicted, first married to Better Draper (January Jones) with three children (Sally, Bobby, and Eugene). Their marriage ends in divorce and he later marries Megan Calvet (Jessica Paré), his former secretary. A Korean War vet with a mysterious past, Don struggles to keep up with the lies and affairs throughout the series.
The following is a list of 30 things you might not know about Mad Men, from behind-the-scene stories to its influence on popular culture. You might be surprised by a few things no matter smart you think you are about the series.