Following a first-season finale in which housewife Betty Draper (January Jones) comes to the realization that her ad-exec husband, Don (Jon Hamm), may be having an affair, Season 2 dives headlong into the couple's marital strife. Professionally, Don is flying high as a junior partner and creative director at the Sterling Cooper ad agency, but his home life is rapidly deteriorating. After Betty kicks him out for apparent infidelity, Don moves into a hotel and is only able to see his children with Betty's permission. At Sterling Cooper, the long-simmering power struggle between Don and Herman "Duck" Phillips (Mark Moses) reaches a boiling point, as the impetuous director of account services negotiates a deal with a British firm that he believes will finally give him the upper hand. A subtler power play is made by Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), who seems to have recovered nicely from the shocking birth of her child by married account exec Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser). The product research that Peggy conducted while serving as Don's secretary during Season 1 eventually leads to her promotion as the agency's first female copywriter, and even her own office. Other employees also confront emerging social issues of the day: Creative copywriter Paul Kinsey (Michael Gladis) breaks social taboos by dating a black woman, while art director Salvatore Romano (Bryan Batt) secretly struggles with his homosexuality. And romance remains tricky for secretary Joan Holloway (Christina Hendricks) -- whose doctor fiancé proves controlling and abusive-and her ex, Sterling Cooper partner Roger Sterling (John Slattery), who embarks on yet another extramarital love affair with yet another young secretary.~Todd Thatcher
"Mad Men Commentaries" - feature-length audio commentaries with cast and crew in all 13 episodes
"Birth of an Independent Woman, Part 1 and Part 2" - from housewives to working women, this video featurette examines the rise of female independence in the Mad Men era
"An Era of Style" - explore the fashion of the 1960s and its lasting influence on designers today
"Time Capsule" - interactive video featurettes paying homage to historical events of the 1960s and the daring generation that lived through them
We missed this series on TV but after hearing the hoopla when it went off the air we decided to buy Season One on DVD. We thoroughly it and we're just getting into Season Two. I bought the entire series!
I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
This show is unlike any other
Sometimes a period piece can seem cheesy or like they are trying too hard. But Mad Men keeps you emmersed in the lifestyle and storyline during each episode. Take a peek into the world of Advertising and you will be hooked.