|Created by||Matthew Weiner|
|Opening theme||“A Beautiful Mine” (Instrumental)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||6|
|No. of episodes||74 (List of episodes)|
|Location(s)||Los Angeles, California|
|Running time||47 minutes|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)
|Original run||July 19, 2007 – present|
Mad Men is an American television period drama series created and produced by Matthew Weiner. The series premiered on July 19, 2007, on the American cable network AMC and is produced by Lionsgate Television. The series was renewed for a sixth season, which premiered on April 7, 2013.
Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. According to the show’s pilot, the phrase “Mad Men” was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves. The focal point of the series is Don Draper (Jon Hamm), creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his life, both in and out of the office. The plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters, regularly depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States in the 1960s.
Mad Men has received critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity, visual style, costume design, acting, writing, and directing, and has won many awards, including fifteen Emmys and four Golden Globes. It is the first and only basic cable series to win the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning it in each of its first four seasons in 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. In 2013, TV Guide ranked it No. 6 in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time.
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