The debut season of Matthew Weiner's intense and stylish drama follows the lives of Madison Avenue advertising executives (so-called "Mad Men") in 1960. The series centers on Don Draper (Jon Hamm), the dashing and brilliant creative director for ad agency Sterling Cooper (Season 1 accounts include Richard Nixon's presidential campaign and, appropriately, Lucky Strike, given the cigarettes are smoked in nearly every scene). Don's charms extend well outside of the boardroom and into the bedroom: The married man has a free-spirited lover, Midge Daniels (Rosemarie DeWitt), who's his polar opposite, and a second mistress, Rachel Menken (Maggie Siff), a client whose independence challenges Don's views on women. Don's wife, Betty (January Jones), meanwhile, dutifully fulfills her role as housewife. But when she develops a mysterious ailment that causes her to lose feeling in her hands, she's sent to a psychiatrist to work through her problems. Over at Sterling Cooper, new secretary Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) tries to adjust to life in the boys club with guidance from seen-it-all bombshell secretary Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks). Young account exec Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) also has his eyes on Peggy and quickly begins pursuing her, despite his upcoming nuptials. There's even more bad behavior at the office from skirt chasers Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) and Paul Kinsey (Michael Gladis), loving but imperfect Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) and stuck-in-the-closet art director Sal Romano (Bryan Batt). Partner Roger Sterling (John Slattery) does little to set an example for his employees as he happily indulges in an array of vices and an affair with Joan. Senior partner Bertram Cooper (Robert Morse) is mostly out of touch with the staff, preferring to remain within the sanctuary of his giant office. In the midst of this workplace frivolity, Don learns that the picture-perfect life he's created for himself could be threatened by a secret from his past.
"Mad Men series commentary" - audio commentaries on all 13 episodes
"Establishing Mad Men" - featurette exploring the world of Mad Men
"Advertising the American Dream" - featurette on the 1960's creative revolution in media
"Pictures of Elegance" - photo gallery with commentaries from the costume, hair and production designers
"Scoring Mad Men" - a one-on-one discussion with composer David Carbonara
I don't buy TV series box sets, however Mad Men is the lone exception. This is one of the best shows to have been on TV in a long time. Fortunately my decision to purchase Season One on Blu-ray was an easy one because of Best Buy's competitive pricing. The box set has a wonderful design and layout. The Mad Men Season 1 Blu-Ray box set is definitely a worthwhile purchase.
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Mad about Mad Men
I saw the first episode of Mad Men when it originally aired and wasn't that impressed. It looked pretty and had a decent cast but it just felt a little flat. I kept hearing good things about the show, though, and finally decided to give it another shot. I just finished watching season one and am now a huge fan. This show is unique and has incredible, layered characters that grow on you each episode.
I do still think that the first few episodes move a little slowly but it's worth hanging in there. The story pace quickly picks up and you will soon find yourself deeply in love with these Mad Men and the equally Mad Women who are their counterparts. Now I can't wait for the second season!
The pilot episode is one of the best pilots I had seen in a long time (when the show come out) and each episode got better and better. Best buy always has low and/or competitive prices and I can usually find the discs I'm looking for in stores.