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Though its audience is relatively small compared to the most popular network shows on television, AMC's Mad Men is one of the most influential programs airing today. The show is noted for its strong writing and performances, as well as its accurate depiction of America in the 1960s. The show is centered around advertising executive Don Draper and his dealings with both his family and his colleagues in the advertising industry. However, it goes much deeper than that.

The show's first season was set in the year 1960, and it introduced us to Don Draper and other notable characters such as Don's wife Betty, his boss and colleague Roger Sterling, and his new secretary Peggy Olson. Since then, the program has advanced through the decade, and it has shown the many changes happening in America from the unique perspective of its characters. Given the amazing amount of significant events that happened during the time in which the show is set, it also serves as a sort of history lesson.

The show was created by former Sopranos scribe Matthew Weiner, who writes the majority of Mad Men's episodes to this day. The writing for the program is spectacular, and it often involves some of the most realistic, yet powerful dialogue ever spoken in TV drama. This is due to Weiner's meticulous nature as well the talents of the writing staff that he has assembled. Each week, the show is able to take viewers to a familiar place while simultaneously thwarting their expectations of what might happen. Because of this, the program is discussed and debated at length on the internet and elsewhere every Monday after new episodes air. As a result, Mad Men has become a cultural phenomenon, even though its audience is quite small.

It is believed that Mad Men will run for a total of seven seasons, and that it will end up in the year 1970. If this is the case, the show will have documented the entirety of the 1960s in its own unique way. Viewers are anxious to see what the final episodes of the show will reveal and where its characters will find themselves. Since Mad Men is known for some shocking revelations, it is anybody's guess what will happen to Don Draper and company after all is said and done. Regardless of what happens, though, the show and its themes will likely be a topic of conversation in the culture for many years.

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Mad Men Full Episode Guide

  • In the series finale, Don Draper's story comes to an end.

  • Don struggles with sleeping. Pete is blindsided by a burdensome friend. Confronting a new challenge, Henry arranges a family reunion.

  • Don is honored for his work. Joan clashes with her co-worker on an account. Roger avoids making a big decision.

  • Don has a break through and comes up with a great idea. Roger seeks out Joan to help him fix an error. Peggy struggles with casting for a commercial.

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Jon Hamm Reportedly Just Left Rehab

In a world where celebrities put out press releases every time they check into rehab, Jon Hamm is bucking the trend. The "Mad Men" star reportedly just left a 30-day stay in a rehab facility, one that he managed to keep quiet the whole time he was there. According to TMZ, who broke the story, Hamm sought out treatment for alcohol abuse. He attended the program in New Canaan, Connecticut, at the high-end Silver Hill Hospital. "With the support of his longtime partner Jennifer Westfeldt, Jon Hamm recently completed treatment for his struggle with alcohol addiction," said a representative for the actor.

Rory Gilmore Marries Pete Campbell in Secret Wedding

Congratulations to Rory Gilmore and Pete Campbell! Er, we mean Alexis Bledel and Vincent Kartheiser! The couple reportedly married over the weekend in a secret ceremony, roughly five months after officially confirming their engagement. The two married somewhere in California and managed to tie the knot earlier this summer without much fanfare or attention from the press. Bledel, 32, and Kartheiser, 35, first met on the set of "Mad Men" when Bledel guest starred as a housewife who had an affair with Kartheiser's morally questionable ad man Pete Campbell.

There's An Entire 'Mad Men' Spoof Musical and You Can Watch It Right Now

"Mad Men" is one of the greatest dramas to have ever aired on cable television. The show's consistent number of nominations and wins during awards season, not to mention the loyal fan following, speaks to the quality of the writing, acting and every other facet of the production. But just once, we wish the characters would sing a snappy song about keeping a pen between your tits. Thankfully, there's "Mad Men: The Musical," a production put on by the Upright Citizen's Brigade theater in Los Angeles.

Here's 'Mad Men' Star Jon Hamm on a Dating Show in the 90's

So, maybe Don Draper doesn't always get the ladies... In anticipation of the premiere of the final season of "Mad Men," this little gem surfaced on YouTube today. It's a video of Jon Hamm on the dating show "The Big Date," which aired back in the 90's, when Hamm was just 25 years old. And it is fantastic. Hamm, in his full 90's floppy-haired glory, vies for the affection of a girl with a self-professed foot fetish. We haven't seen Jon Hamm's feet, but we bet they're glorious.

Television Ratings: 'The Voice' Up, 'Mad Men' Down

Good news for “The Voice" and its network! The singing competition has discovered that things can go on just fine without Christina Aguilera and Cee Lo Green on the judging panel. Newcomers Shakira and Usher have brought an unexpected increase in ratings for the NBC show. Three weeks into its new season, the show is up 4 percent, giving it the best performance of the year—with a whopping 13.7 million viewers and a 4.9 rating among adults 18-49. That puts it on par with last fall’s finale, which held the record as the highest-rated episode of the season.

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