Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series premiered on July 19, 2007, on the cable network AMC. After seven seasons, comprising 92 episodes, Mad Men's final episode aired on May 17, 2015.
Mad Men is set primarily in the 1960s—initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in Manhattan, New York City—later at the newly created firm of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later named Sterling Cooper & Partners), located near the Time-Life Building at 1271 Sixth Avenue. According to the pilot episode, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers (all men) working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves—a claim that has since been disputed.
The plot focuses on the day-to-day business of the advertising agencies, as well as the personal lives of the characters, thereby depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States throughout the 1960s. The series began in March 1960 and ended on November 1970, with the conclusion of season seven. Don Draper (played by Jon Hamm) is the focus in the series, initially as the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper, and later as a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce; the plot tracking the people in his personal and professional lives.
Mad Men won critical acclaim for its writing, acting, directing, visual style, and historical authenticity; it has won many awards, including 16 Emmys and 5 Golden Globes. The show was also the first basic cable series to receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning the award each year of its first four seasons (2008–2011). It is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time.