Mad Men is an American period drama television show that was created by Matthew Weiner. It was produced by Lionsgate Television. The series aired on AMC cable channel from July 19, 2007 to May 17, 2015. It lasted seven seasons and 92 episodes.
Mad Men starts at the fictional Sterling Cooper agency on Madison Avenue, New York City. Later, Mad Men will be at the newly formed firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later Sterling Cooper & Partners), which is located near the Time-Life Building (1271 Sixth Avenue). According to the pilot episode the term "Mad men", was invented in 1950 by Madison Avenue advertisers to describe themselves. The phrase "Mad men", however, may have been used in later years by Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later named Sterling Cooper & Partners).
Jon Hamm plays Don Draper, a charismatic advertising executive who was initially the creative director at Sterling Cooper. Although he is unpredictable and mysterious, he is widely respected in the advertising industry as a genius. Some of the most famous advertisements ever created are his. Don is later made a partner in Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. However, he begins to struggle with his highly calculated identity as it falls into decline. The show follows Don's personal and professional lives. The series depicts the social and political moods in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s.
Mad Men won widespread critical acclaim due to its writing, acting and directing skills, as well as historical authenticity. It also won 16 Emmys, 5 Golden Globes, and many other awards. It was also the first basic cable show to win the Emmy Award in Outstanding Drama Series. The award was won each of its four seasons from 2008-2011. It is widely considered to be one of the most important television series of all-time and a part of the early 21st Century Golden Age of Television.