8.6
10,667 votes
Mad Men

Mad Men

AMC 2007

In 1960s New York, alpha male Don Draper struggles to stay on top of the heap in the high-pressure world of Madison Avenue advertising firms. Aside from being one of the top ad men in the business, Don is also a family man, the father of young children.

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The 10 Worst Episodes of Mad Men

Mad Men - S7E8

#1 - Severance

7.46

Season 7 - Episode 8

Don attempts to track down a friend, Joan tries to solve a problem with an account and an unlikely person sets up Peggy.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Mad Men from 1039 votes.

Mad Men - S1E2

#2 - Ladies Room

7.47

Season 1 - Episode 2

Don Draper is reluctant to talk about his past, or his childhood, whether with his wife Betty or his boss Roger Sterling. Joan Holloway teaches Peggy Olsen how to wrangle a free lunch out of some of the ad men. Roger Sterling raises the issue of working for the upcoming Nixon presidential campaign and while Don doesn't have much enthusiasm, senior partner Bert Cooper insists that they will go ahead and orders Don to put a team together. The creative team has to come up with an ad campaign for a new deodorant in an aerosol spray can. Betty Draper's doctor recommends that she see a psychiatrist.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Mad Men from 1124 votes.

Mad Men - S7E9

#3 - New Business

7.49

Season 7 - Episode 9

Roger gives Don some unwanted advice. Peggy and Stan disagree over an account's personnel. Harry asks for Don's blessing.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Mad Men from 979 votes.

Mad Men - S3E2

#4 - Love Among the Ruins

7.50

Season 3 - Episode 2

Don's father-in-law pays a visit to his daughter's family. Peggy works hard on a campaign while the firm tries to decide if they will accommodate an unusual request from a client. Elsewhere, Roger plans a wedding.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Mad Men from 560 votes.

Mad Men - S1E3

#5 - Marriage of Figaro

7.53

Season 1 - Episode 3

Pete Campbell returns from his honeymoon with tall tales and a big grin on his face. He does tell Peggy Olson that their fling before his marriage was for one night only. Don Draper runs into an old army buddy who knows him under the name of Dick Whitman. He also takes a tour of Rachel Menken's store but in a private moment, their mutual attraction becomes evident. The Drapers have friends over for their daughter's birthday party, including the divorcée who lives down the street. Don however is obviously unhappy with his lot in life and seems to be carrying a burden that is not apparent.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Mad Men from 945 votes.

Mad Men - S2E1

#6 - For Those Who Think Young

7.60

Season 2 - Episode 1

It’s Valentine’s Day, and the Sterling Cooper advertising agency is hustling to stay on top of its game and buzzing over the newest office equipment. Don and Duck find themselves at odds over an account. Betty reconnects with an old friend and once again finds herself struggling with car trouble.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Mad Men from 666 votes.

Mad Men - S1E6

#7 - Babylon

7.64

Season 1 - Episode 6

The Agency is looking to land an advertising contract to promote tourism to Israel. Don and his team try to come with a theme but know so little about the country they're stumped so Don calls Rachel Menken to see if she has any ideas. Roger Sterling is getting tired of sneaking around with Joan Holloway and suggests she should her own apartment but she knows better. Peggy comes up with an advertising concept during a testing session for a new line of lipsticks and she's subsequently asks to write copy.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Mad Men from 759 votes.

Mad Men - S3E5

#8 - The Fog

7.65

Season 3 - Episode 5

Sally's behavior causes concern for Don and Betty. Betty has an eye-opening dream that has a strange effect on her. Pete tries to work a new business angle in his dealings.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Mad Men from 532 votes.

Mad Men - S1E1

#9 - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

7.66

Season 1 - Episode 1

In 1960 New York City - the high-powered and glamorous "Golden Age" of advertising - Don Draper, the biggest ad man in the business, struggles to stay a step ahead of the rapidly changing times and the young executives nipping at his heels.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Mad Men from 1581 votes.

Mad Men - S1E4

#10 - New Amsterdam

7.66

Season 1 - Episode 4

Pete Campbell oversteps the mark when he pitches an idea for ad campaign to the head of Bethlehem Steel without telling Don Draper. Draper wants him fired but learns a lesson in corporate politics. Pete's wife wants to buy a Manhattan apartment but he has to approach his cold and distant parents for a loan. Pete's in-laws, however, are more forthcoming.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Mad Men from 876 votes.

Mad Men - S2E2
#11 - Flight 1
7.67
Season 2 - Episode 2

Paul hosts a party at his apartment and introduces someone special to his Sterling Cooper colleagues. Peggy visits her family for dinner. Despite a conflict of interest, the Sterling Cooper agency aggressively pursues an airline account and Duck attempts to appeal to the client using an unorthodox approach.

The episode was rated #1 Worst episode of Mad Men from 625 votes.

Mad Men - S3E3
#12 - My Old Kentucky Home
7.67
Season 3 - Episode 3

The writers make an attempt to stave off late-night boredom during a mandatory overtime session. Roger throws a party as Joan and Greg host their own party. Sally has a run-in with Grandpa.

The episode was rated #2 Worst episode of Mad Men from 540 votes.

Mad Men - S1E5
#13 - 5G
7.69
Season 1 - Episode 5

Don Draper is shaken when his past life comes back to haunt him. After his picture appears in a local newspaper, Adam Whitman, a man who claims to be his younger brother, approaches him. Don, or Dick as his brother knows him, initially denies everything but in the end admits to having taken on a new name. He refuses however to have anything to do with him and tries to buy his silence. When one of the ad men gets a short story published, Pete Campbell is frustrated that his own stories have yet to see the light of day. When his wife approaches an old beau to see if he will publish the stories, he has an interesting proposition for her.

The episode was rated #3 Worst episode of Mad Men from 800 votes.

Mad Men - S2E11
#14 - The Jet Set
7.69
Season 2 - Episode 11

Don makes some new friends on his trip to Los Angeles; Peggy looks for romance; Duck ponders the future of Sterling Cooper.

The episode was rated #4 Worst episode of Mad Men from 557 votes.

Mad Men - S2E10
#15 - The Inheritance
7.71
Season 2 - Episode 10

Betty visits her father; Paul's girlfriend tries to convince him to prioritize his duties; Pete's mother disapproves of his and Trudy's idea.

The episode was rated #5 Worst episode of Mad Men from 573 votes.

Mad Men - S7E1
#16 - Time Zones
7.72
Season 7 - Episode 1

Don makes a new friend. Joan meets a client for drinks. Peggy hears impressive new work. Roger has a puzzling phone call.

The episode was rated #6 Worst episode of Mad Men from 1050 votes.

Mad Men - S2E6
#17 - Maidenform
7.72
Season 2 - Episode 6

Don and Duck try to make peace; Peggy tries to get into the executive's after-hours meetings; Duck deals with a family visit.

The episode was rated #7 Worst episode of Mad Men from 584 votes.

Mad Men - S2E3
#18 - The Benefactor
7.73
Season 2 - Episode 3

Trouble arises on the set of a commercial; Harry tries to gather support for a controversial sponsorship; Betty and Don try to appease a client with a friendly dinner.

The episode was rated #8 Worst episode of Mad Men from 623 votes.

Mad Men - S1E7
#19 - Red in the Face
7.73
Season 1 - Episode 7

When Don invites Roger home for dinner, too much alcohol fuels repercussions between Don and Betty and between Don and Roger. Joan puts Roger off for the weekend, spending time with her roommate Carol instead. Pete exchanges a wedding gift for a rifle, and then shares a hunting fantasy with Peggy. Bertram Cooper arranges for the Nixon campaign to meet with him, Roger, Don, and Pete.

The episode was rated #9 Worst episode of Mad Men from 732 votes.

Mad Men - S7E10
#20 - The Forecast
7.74
Season 7 - Episode 10

Roger pawns off a project on Don, Joan goes on a business trip and Peggy and Pete cannot agree on how to deal with an account.

The episode was rated #10 Worst episode of Mad Men from 1005 votes.

Last updated: mar 06, 2021

Comments

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No action, not a lot of sex, no CGI, no blood.. and still the best TV show the world has seen.

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Eases you in, then takes you on a ride like no other.

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One of the best shows ever

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This show is all charm.

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When Don's wife is the only woman on the planet that won't sleep with him

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==_Light spoilers ahead._== This is the kind of show where the fanbase sticks its nose in the air and pretends you have no class because you can't understand that it's 'art'. Betty says "Only boring people are bored", and it's like the barb from the fanbase, maybe even the creators, at the people who can't sit through this slow burn of miserable assholes. The show is boring because I don't care about 90% of the cast. I don't want to watch the subtleties because Don Draper is a such a complete asshole, that I just want to see him suffer, and yet he continues to succeed. There's a point midway through the series where there almost seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel, and for a fun little season, Don Draper actually tries to be a better person. The show takes a bit of a turn, and there's fun to be had, before descending back into the bleak parade of miserable people doing miserable things again. I wanted to quit a few seasons in, but stuck it out to see Kiernan Shipka's rebellious evolution, and appreciate the growth of Peggy (who is always a bit miserable as well, but started out being someone to at least root for), before she settles in to being just another asshole in the bunch. Honestly, it speaks a lot to the show that maybe the most charming character in it is a man who still forces you to sit through an all too long scene of him with shoe polish on his face putting on a minstrel show. In the end, this show is like Bert Cooper's painting, substituting subtlety for substance. [EDIT to add: I wrote this review while I was near the end of Season 7, and the ending was truly lame. It was about as subtle as a 6-year-old playing spy, and being the most obvious kid on the playground while 'hiding'. Another in the tradition of bad TV endings like _Lost_ that feel like the writers were trying too hard to be clever or deep.]

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Don you are naughty boy.

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Another year to season five... blah.

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I wish I could reply to comments just to get more info on what FinnQuil thought!!

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very good! keep thinking about the details in my daily life.

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