Synopsis: A drama about one of New York's most prestigious ad agencies at the beginning of the 1960s, focusing on one of the firm's most mysterious but extremely talented ad executives, Donald Draper.
Plus: An interview with the real life ad man behind "I'd Like to Buy the World a Coke," and a reappraisal of Schwarzenegger's late-period career.
For a series with such an intimate understanding of '60s culture, "Mad Men" proved equally aware of the ever-changing modern times.
'Mad Men' reexamined the meaning of "mass culture"—the way it shapes our desires and disappointments, our memories and histories, our sense, as this season's fourth episode had it, of 'Time & Life.'
Adam Curtis' brilliant "Century of the Self" argues that the confluence of advertising and group therapy defines our era.