On the 19th of July, 2007, Mad Men made its debut on the AMC network. Created by Matthew Weiner, the show is set in the 1960s and revolves around the high-pressure world of advertising on Madison Avenue in New York City. The title "Mad Men" is a short form of "Madison Avenue Men," referring to the advertising executives working in that area.
The series mainly follows the life of the enigmatic and charismatic advertising executive, Don Draper, portrayed by Jon Hamm. Draper is a highly talented and troubled individual with a mysterious past. He works at the fictional advertising agency Sterling Cooper, later renamed Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (SCDP) as the story progresses.
The show not only delves into the glamorous and competitive world of advertising but also explores the personal lives, relationships, and struggles of its characters. It provides a deep insight into the social and cultural aspects of the 1960s, touching on issues such as gender roles, race relations, and the changing American society during that era.
Aside from Jon Hamm's portrayal of Don Draper, Mad Men features a talented ensemble cast, including Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson, Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell, January Jones as Betty Draper, Christina Hendricks as Joan Holloway, and John Slattery as Roger Sterling, among others.
Throughout its run, Mad Men received widespread critical acclaim for its writing, acting, and historical accuracy. The show won numerous awards, including multiple Emmy Awards, and is often regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. Its impact on popular culture and its influence on the television industry cannot be overstated.