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Mad Men

7 Seasons

Season 5
4.5 out of 5 stars (869) IMDb 8.6/10

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1. A Little Kiss Part 1

Don gets a surprise. Pete and Roger butt heads. Joan clashes with a houseguest.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: March 25, 2012
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2. A Little Kiss Part 2

Don gets a surprise. Pete and Roger butt heads. Joan clashes with a houseguest.

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3. Tea Leaves

Peggy has new responsibility as Don and Harry indulge a client.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 1, 2012
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4. Mystery Date

Don runs into someone from his past while Joan makes a decision.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 8, 2012
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5. Signal 30

Lane strikes up an interesting friendship as Pete entertains guests.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 15, 2012
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6. Far Away Places

Peggy is rattled by a pitch while Don visits a potential client.

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7. At the Codfish Ball

Don receives an award while Sally comes to the aid of a relative.

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8. Lady Lazarus

Peggy has to keep a secret while Pete covers for a friend.

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9. Dark Shadows

Sally faces a challenge. Roger seeks new business.

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10. Christmas Waltz

Christmas wishes come true as everyone gets a gift; Harry helps out a friend.

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11. The Other Woman

Don's challenged by a pitch, Peggy contemplates a trip, and Joan entertains an idea.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: May 27, 2012
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12. Commissions and Fees

Don follows a surprising lead while Sally goes out.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: June 3, 2012
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13. The Phantom

In the Season 5 finale, opportunity is in the air for everyone while Pete meets a stranger on the train.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: June 10, 2012
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CEOs, advertising legends and executive coaches use scenes from MAD MEN to detail Don Draper's 10-point blueprint for success.

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Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Matt Weiner
Season year 2012
Network Lionsgate
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Format Amazon Video (streaming online video)

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While this wasn't my favorite season, it's still an easy five stars since it's in the top 3 of best shows currently on television. I know there have been a lot negative reactions towards this season, and I think maybe it's for a few reasons. Lots of people despise Megan. And others say that "nothing really happened". I don't really like Megan either, but I've come to accept her character. She is SUPPOSED to be annoying (or at least can easily be interpreted as so). We don't have to like her. As far as nothing happening, plenty of things happened, although I admit it was a little slow-paced, but I think it's building up for better seasons to come.

This season takes place between Memorial Day 1966 and Spring 1967. The season focuses on Don Draper and Megan's relationship and how distracting it is from his job, and most of the main characters are facing painful new beginnings and realize it's a "dog-eat-dog" world. The season starts out light (probably because of how dark season 4 was), but by the end of the season things are gloomier than ever. So never fear, Mad Men isn't going soft.

Don - one reason I enjoyed season 4 so much is that we had a break from Don being in a dramatic, serious relationship. He was just casually dating and we were able to see more of SCDP. Now he's married to Megan, and that opens up a lot more storylines. You'll either love or hate Megan. She shows signs of being very independent and mature, but then will surprise you by suddenly doing something very stupid and childish. The big question is: how long is it until Don cheats on her? I don't believe that Don will be in a monogamous relationship for the rest of his life. It's also interesting how it's reminiscent of the beginning of his relationship with Betty.
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I looked at a couple of the negative reviews and found them to be bizarre. This is very thoughtful and well-written show that stands head and shoulders above the vast majority of what is currently out there. A couple of people seem to be fixated on the Betty episode which I would agree was the weakest of the first six that I have seen but that is only relative. The other episodes have been among the best of the series with the the further fleshing out and development of the older characters going hand in hand with surprisingly strong and complex new(er) characters such as Megan and Ginsberg, not to mention Mrs. Francis (Henry's mother). I just think that this show continues to be a wonderful window into upheaval of the 1960s that still affects to this day. The early comments do not reflect the high quality of the fifth season at all and are misleading. Update: I just completed watching Episodes 7-11 and found two of the very best episodes ever produced including The Other Woman which really exposes the seamy underbelly of the "getting ahead at all costs" nature of the world of advertising and of the corporate mindset in general.
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A lot is happening in this episode of Mad Men, all of it heartbreaking and it all makes for one of the best episodes of the season. The race to get the Jaguar account is still on and difficulties abound. The Jaguar continues to be an expensive and unreliable car and the agency hopes to compare it to a mistress, but needs the slogan - a slogan that Don is having trouble creating. One of the Jaguar executives wants Joan's company for an evening, and not as Pete puts it for dinner and dancing. It is right that Pete should define the terms as he is the weasel who pimps and pitches the propisition to Joan. The rest of the men are aghast and don't want Joan to do it but Pete is convinced that this is the only way they will get the account - even if Don comes through with his ususal brilliance. In his stress, Don is lashing out at both Peggy and Megan and Peggy is considering pursuing another opportunity. Megan is hoping she gets a part with an out of town try out.

The episode highlights the differences for women and working women in particular without preaching or being heavy-handed. All of the female characters are asked to prostitute themselves in some way, either literal or metaphoric and their femininity is still their defining characteristic to the men in their world, despite what they do and how they function. Don is surprisingly moral and Pete unsurprisingly adds pander to his many slimey accomplishments. Lane is pragmatic and fond of Joan and advises that if forced to sell oneself to get the best possible price and to get it up front. Roger and Cooper are as ineffectual as ever. The editing of Don's pitch and Joan's decision about what to do is a brilliant bit of filming.
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There are certain lines delivered in this episode which are absolutely true and absolutely deadly. I think creator Matthew Weiner had been saving these zingers all season for us.

says Mrs. Lane Pryce to Don: "You should have never encouraged a man like that to be ambitious."

says Meagan's mother to Don: "She has the full artistic temperament with none of the artistic talent." (we get to watch her screen test along with Don so there is no room for doubt).

I don't want to ruin anything for anyone so I'll stop with those two but it is obviously truth telling time after another season of being with the Mad Men, who make their livings by creatively lying about everything.

We also get a reminder of the radical effects of electroshock therapy in the 1960s. It is used in serious depression cases. It is still used today but without the radical side effects it had back then. Today's patient may be a little fuzzy about the edges afterwards but that is about it. Not so in the fifties and sixties.

All in all it is a satisfying conclusion to this season's Mad Men. I am under the impression that all of the Mad Men will be increasingly unhappy with their domestic and family lives even though they will be wildly prosperous. All of them will continue to experience divorce and huge rebellion from their children as was seen throughout the late sixties and early seventies. Fittingly enough, as we move closer to women's lib, some of the women in the series are doing better all the way around, especially those who are working. Peggy's and Joan's lives are coming together rather well.

This is a much more reflective episode than last week's. We couldn't have closed with last week's episode though. It would have been too jarring.
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