One of the best television dramas of recent years, Mad Men has cemented its reputation as a critics’ darling and awards season favourite, with Matthew Weiner’s depiction of life in the world of advertising in 1960s New York capturing imaginations across the globe. Since the series premiere in 2007, it has earned a raft of honors, including six Emmy® Award nominations for Outstanding Drama Series leading to four wins, three Golden Globe® Awards for Best Television Drama Series and two BAFTA Awards.
Season six saw Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce merge with rival agency Cutler Gleason and Chaough; Pete (Vincent Kartheiser) and Trudy (Alison Brie) splitting up after she discovered one of his affairs; Sally (Kiernan Shipka) walking in during a romantic clinch between her father Don (Golden Globe® winner Jon Hamm) and their neighbour; and Don having a change of heart about a move to LA, much to his wife Megan’s (Jessica Pare) disappointment. In the season finale, an erratic Don was ordered to take an extended leave of absence following an unexpected admission during a client pitch that he is an orphan and was raised in a brothel.
Of the final episodes, creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner said: “We plan to take advantage of this chance to have a more elaborate story told in two parts, which can resonate a little bit longer in the minds of our audience. The writers, cast and other artists welcome this unique manner of ending this unique experience.”
Mad Men stars Jon Hamm, January Jones, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, John Slattery, Jessica Paré, Rich Sommer, Aaron Staton, Robert Morse, Kiernan Shipka, Jay Ferguson and Christopher Stanley
Mad Men returns on Wednesday 16 April at 10pm to Sky Atlantic