The BEST Episodes of Mad Men
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 2, 2021
In 1960s New York, alpha male Don Draper struggles to stay on top of the heap in the high-pressure world of Madison Avenue advertising firms. Aside from being one of the top ad men in the business, Don is also a family man, the father of young children.
#1 - Shut the Door. Have a Seat
Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired Nov 8, 2009
Don has a big meeting with Connie about their future relationship. Betty is the beneficiary of some interesting advice and Pete has a serious sit-down with some clients.
#2 - The Other Woman
Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired May 27, 2012
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.
#3 - Commissions and Fees
Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 3, 2012
Lane's shameful secret comes to the surface with dire consequences. Don recaptures his hunger for success, and Sally experiences a major milestone.
#4 - Waterloo
Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired May 25, 2014
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.
#5 - In Care Of
Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 23, 2013
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.
#6 - Signal 30
Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 15, 2012
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.
#7 - A Little Kiss (part 2)
Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 25, 2012
Megan's surprise party for Don backfires on her; Joan adjusts to life as a mother; Roger and Pete butt heads; Lane dreams of the woman who owns a wallet he had found; SCDP takes a jab at a rival agency caught pulling a racist prank.
#8 - Meditations in an Emergency
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 26, 2008
The office scrambles without Don; Betty learns some disconcerting news.
#9 - The Suitcase
Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired Sep 5, 2010
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.
#10 - For Immediate Release
Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired May 5, 2013
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.
#11 - Person to Person
Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired May 17, 2015
The stories of Don Draper, his family and his co-workers at Sterling Cooper & Partners conclude.
#12 - The Gypsy and the Hobo
Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Oct 25, 2009
A former client makes a return; Betty and her kids go on a trip; and Joan and Greg make plans for their future.
#13 - Tomorrowland
Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 17, 2010
Don and Peggy are faced with life-altering decisions
#14 - At the Codfish Ball
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 29, 2012
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.
#15 - Favors
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Jun 9, 2013
Don is preoccupied with keeping Sylvia's son from being drafted, Peggy has a rat in her apartment, Don and Ted bury the hatchet, Pete has a problem with his mother's new nurse, and Sally makes an accidental discovery about her father.
#16 - The Phantom
Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired Jun 10, 2012
Roger seeks to expand his affair with Megan's mother. Pete has a "last" encounter with Beth with lasting repercussions. Megan struggles to find acting work and asks for Don's help getting an audition. Peggy still seeks Don's approval.
#17 - The Grown-Ups
Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired Nov 1, 2009
Peggy's taste in men proves questionable. Pete has to make a big decision about his career and a candidate makes a big impression on Don.
#18 - The Quality of Mercy
Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jun 16, 2013
Don renews his battle with Ted after seeing his relationship with Peggy, Sally interviews at a boarding school, and Pete discovers Bob Benson's background.
#19 - Mystery Date
Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 8, 2012
Don has a murderous dream about a woman from the past; Roger pays Peggy to bail him out with the Mohawk campaign; Greg's military assignment threatens his marriage to Joan.
#20 - The Milk and Honey Route
Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired May 10, 2015
Don has trouble sleeping. Pete is blindsided by a difficult friend. Facing a new challenge, Henry arranges a family reunion.
#21 - The Wheel
Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 18, 2007
As Thanksgiving approaches, Don's work responsibilities interfere with his domestic life. Peggy is given a new opportunity, provoking the ire of some of her colleagues. Betty makes a startling discovery.
#22 - Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency
Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Sep 20, 2009
Sterling Cooper receives a surprise visitor; Sally has been spooked by something (or someone); and Joan receives some shocking news.
#23 - A Tale of Two Cities
Season 6 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 2, 2013
Cutler and Chaough prepare to make radical changes to the firm while Sterling and Draper are visiting a client in Los Angeles. Joan's decision to go after a new account on her own leaves Pete furious and frustrated.
#24 - Nixon vs. Kennedy
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Oct 11, 2007
On election night, the Sterling Cooper staff pulls a rowdy all-nighter while watching the returns. Pete's ambitions cause him to directly challenge Don.
#25 - A Night to Remember
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Sep 14, 2008
Peggy contributes on a church project; Duck and Don try to create market appeal for a foreign beer brand; Harry recruits assistance to help with the workload in his department.