Mad Men is set in the 1960s, initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City, and later at the newly created firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, located nearby in the Time-Life Building, at 1271 Avenue of the Americas. According to the show’s pilot, the phrase “mad men” was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves. The focal point of the series is Don Draper, creative director at Sterling Cooper and a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and the people in his life, both in and out of the office. The plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters, regularly depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States in the 1960s.
#2 – The Other Woman
Season 5 – Episode 11
Pete asks Joan to make a personal and moral sacrifice to ensure the company lands the Jaguar account. Don becomes furious after learning of the impact Megan’s new profession will have on their life. Feeling unappreciated, Peggy attends lunch with Freddy Rumsen, who encourages her to make a move.
The episode was rated from 674 votes.
#3 – Commissions and Fees
Season 5 – Episode 12
Lane’s shameful secret comes to the surface with dire consequences. Don recaptures his hunger for success, and Sally experiences a major milestone.
The episode was rated from 660 votes.
#4 – The Suitcase
Season 4 – Episode 7
Don turns to alcohol and Peggy’s shoulder to deal with the news of Anna Draper’s death that he knows is waiting for him.
The episode was rated from 640 votes.
#5 – Waterloo
Season 7 – Episode 7
Don receives a troubling letter. A risky venture entails a new future for Peggy. Roger gets an unexpected phone call. Pete butts heads with Cutler.
The episode was rated from 1044 votes.
#6 – Signal 30
Season 5 – Episode 5
The Campbells host a dinner party; Pete tries to make time with a teenage girl; Lane tries to snare Jaguar but ends up coming to blows with Pete.
The episode was rated from 639 votes.
#7 – In Care Of
Season 6 – Episode 13
With his personal and professional life crumbling around him, Don positions himself for a change of scenery. Meanwhile, Pete’s life is falling apart as well, thanks to the meddling of Bob Benson.
The episode was rated from 864 votes.
#8 – For Immediate Release
Season 6 – Episode 6
As the firm prepares to go public, Don and Pete’s actions cause them to lose two huge clients. However, Roger uses a new connection to put them in position to gain their biggest client ever.
The episode was rated from 853 votes.
#9 – At the Codfish Ball
Season 5 – Episode 7
Don is honored at a banquet; Megan saves the day with Heinz; Roger asks Mona for help and begins an affair with Megan’s mother. Peggy expects a proposal from Abe but instead moves in with him.
The episode was rated from 626 votes.
#10 – Meditations in an Emergency
Season 2 – Episode 13
The office scrambles without Don; Betty learns some disconcerting news.
The episode was rated from 569 votes.