Mad Men 7 Seasons 2014

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Season 7
(669) IMDb 8.6/10
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Sterling Cooper & Partners prepares for a guest. Don calls an old friend. Roger confronts problems at home. Pete underestimates Peggy.

Starring:
Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss
Runtime:
48 minutes
Original air date:
May 5, 2014

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Season 7

Customer Reviews

Great story, great acting, great writing.
M. Schmidt
Every episode I watch, I have to watch another.
johnnyk
Seems like all the good shows end too quickly!
Eric

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47 of 55 people found the following review helpful By john francis leonard on April 14, 2014
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I have loved this show every season but that said, last season left me a little bit cold. This season, however is off to an excellent start. It is a fresh beginning for many of the characters some relocating to L.A. Some to Detroit, business is booming. Don, who is still on his paid leave of absence from the agency is living between New York and L.A. where Megan has set up shop. He still keeps his toe in the water by commissioning Freddy to do freelance work for the agency that he creates. Megan's flamboyant new agent has landed her a part in an NBC pilot.She is still dealing with the aftershocks of her miscarriage and as always is frustrated with Don for whom work always comes first. Actually, second he is still making advances on any attractive woman when she's not around. One woman even asks him if his wife would take exception to his coming on to her and he replies that his wife already knows he's not a good husband. Peter has also moved to L.A. And has traded in his gloom and angst for the California sunshine as N.Y. Transplants to the west coast are wont to do. Back in New York Joan(played by the superlative Christina Hendricks) is still struggling to be taken seriously by her male peers. She is attempting to convince a long time client not to go to in house advertising, at first he takes her less than seriously, but eventually she ends up saving him his job. Both Joan and Peggy are struggling with success as modern woman of that time all must have. It provides a fascinating contrast to the privileges enjoyed by sexist males of the era and really highlights the large cultural shifts of that time. Roger sterling is discovering with another new young lover, that free love exacts a price, his bed has become a revolving stage.The production values, as always is top notch even if this was not the most aesthetically pleasing period. I was born in 1969 so watching these details fascinates me. It makes me feel quite old that at that time men like Don Draper still wore hats!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By NotAPoet on June 7, 2014
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After six complete seasons, I am now not as enamored by the sets and costumes and culture of the times as I was early on. And I think it is for this reason that I can't help but see so many holes in the story now, threads that started to go somewhere and then were left off and never picked up again, characters that are introduced that seemed as if they were going to be important, only to never be seen again.

For example, in this season (a bit of a spoiler to follow, just to make my point), one episode, Megan is telling Don that it's over, she's staying in Calif. and is no longer able to tolerate his lies. So we are left with the fact that their marriage is over and Don is dealing with that (or not). Then the next episode, Don is sending his "niece" to Megan's to wait for him, he shows up, the niece is gone and he winds up in bed with Megan (as if nothing happened in the previous episode) and (OMG) someone else, also. Then two episodes later and Megan is telling him to not come to LA anymore, it's over and hangs up the phone. So I guess it's really over this time, though it's highly possible that the next episode will start with Don and Megan in bed together in New York!

I don't mind the plot twists, but there's never any showing of the process leading from one extreme in the relationship to the next. I am pretty tired of that (been growing weary of it since about season 3) and for that reason, cannot feel any connection to what any of the characters are going through. This kind of disconnected/disjointed storytelling goes on with all of the characters and I just can't get into it anymore. I will probably watch the second half of the final season, because maybe there, something will actually happen that makes some sense, and in spite of it all, there are a couple of characters that I would really like to see what ends up happening to them...I won't hold my breath, though.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By jeffrey t spell on June 5, 2014
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A once-brilliant show has fizzled out to a mess. Entirely too many quirky characters that we know too little about and care even less about. A self amputated nipple?? are you kidding me? And Betty (and her family) have been reduced to a waste of time. I loved it in the beginning and watch it now merely out of some sense of not wanting to miss the possibility that some of the magic might resurface.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Goughy on June 2, 2014
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I wish I knew someone in my day to day life that watches Mad Men, because its a show a person wants to talk about after viewing an episode. Unfortunately I don't work with nor have any close friends that follow Mad Men as enthusiastically as myself. Perhaps, you are thinking, that I travel in dimwitted circles but that is neither here nor there. My point being not to ridicule those poor wretched souls around me that know nothing of what they are missing but, rather, that Mad Men is possessed of the character and storytelling that inhabits all the great shows of modern television that makes them a tad to easy to obsess over. At first glance it may seem like an unlikely candidate to garnish binge viewings and late night internet theory conspiracies but in action its velocity is as a cannonball's with the grace of a snowflake. No character in Mad Men is completely likable or revolting including our protagonist who is a good man who loves to be bad, or at least is very good at being bad, or entertaining. It is of my opinion that with modern television serials the most productive and coherent of the crop are those that go from point A to point B within the span of 5 or 6 seasons. With Mad Men in its seventh season it has perhaps exploited Don Draper's paradoxical genius too long, but its never been tiring to me, so in watching the first half of the last season I feel sad that this will be the end of an era so to speak, but I am also glad that it is being sent off on a very strong return to form. There have been quite a few highlights already in season seven and each subsequent episode seems better than the previous, culminating in a satisfying finale episode called Waterloo. Where the show will go in the second half is ripe for debate and anticipation is nearly unbearable but at the same time its like savoring something magical, a Hershey's bar, or a sweet Lucky Strike, wanting to taste it all but not wanting it to be gone forever.
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