The BEST episodes of Mad Men

Every episode of Mad Men ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Mad Men!

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.

Last Updated: 11/29/2022Network:AMC
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Shut the Door. Have a Seat
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8.21
2134 votes

#1 - Shut the Door. Have a Seat

Season 3 - Episode 13 - Aired 11/8/2009

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.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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The Other Woman
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8.16
1833 votes

#2 - The Other Woman

Season 5 - Episode 11 - Aired 5/27/2012

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.

Directors: Phil Abraham
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Commissions and Fees
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8.08
1881 votes

#3 - Commissions and Fees

Season 5 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/3/2012

Lane's shameful secret comes to the surface with dire consequences. Don recaptures his hunger for success, and Sally experiences a major milestone.

Directors: Chris Manley
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Waterloo
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8.01
1580 votes

#4 - Waterloo

Season 7 - Episode 7 - Aired 5/25/2014

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.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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Signal 30
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8.01
2156 votes

#5 - Signal 30

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 4/15/2012

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.

Directors: John Slattery
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A Little Kiss (2)
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8.01
840 votes

#6 - A Little Kiss (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/25/2012

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.

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In Care Of
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8.00
1584 votes

#7 - In Care Of

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/23/2013

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.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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The Suitcase
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8.00
2447 votes

#8 - The Suitcase

Season 4 - Episode 7 - Aired 9/5/2010

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.

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Meditations in an Emergency
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7.99
2079 votes

#9 - Meditations in an Emergency

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/26/2008

The office scrambles without Don; Betty learns some disconcerting news.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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Person to Person
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7.95
1478 votes

#10 - Person to Person

Season 7 - Episode 14 - Aired 5/17/2015

The stories of Don Draper, his family and his co-workers at Sterling Cooper & Partners conclude.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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For Immediate Release
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7.94
1726 votes

#11 - For Immediate Release

Season 6 - Episode 6 - Aired 5/5/2013

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.

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The Gypsy and the Hobo
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7.92
1993 votes

#12 - The Gypsy and the Hobo

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 10/25/2009

A former client makes a return; Betty and her kids go on a trip; and Joan and Greg make plans for their future.

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Tomorrowland
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7.92
2089 votes

#13 - Tomorrowland

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/17/2010

Don and Peggy are faced with life-altering decisions

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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At the Codfish Ball
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7.86
2073 votes

#14 - At the Codfish Ball

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired 4/29/2012

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.

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Favors
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7.83
1531 votes

#15 - Favors

Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired 6/9/2013

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.

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The Phantom
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7.82
1956 votes

#16 - The Phantom

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 6/10/2012

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.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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The Grown-Ups
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7.80
2146 votes

#17 - The Grown-Ups

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 11/1/2009

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.

Directors: Barbet Schroeder
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The Milk and Honey Route
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7.79
1413 votes

#18 - The Milk and Honey Route

Season 7 - Episode 13 - Aired 5/10/2015

Don has trouble sleeping. Pete is blindsided by a difficult friend. Facing a new challenge, Henry arranges a family reunion.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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Mystery Date
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7.78
2009 votes

#19 - Mystery Date

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 4/8/2012

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.

Directors: Matt Shakman
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The Quality of Mercy
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7.77
1610 votes

#20 - The Quality of Mercy

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired 6/16/2013

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.

Directors: Phil Abraham
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Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency
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7.76
2111 votes

#21 - Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired 9/20/2009

Sterling Cooper receives a surprise visitor; Sally has been spooked by something (or someone); and Joan receives some shocking news.

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The Wheel
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7.75
2303 votes

#22 - The Wheel

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired 10/18/2007

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.

Directors: Matthew Weiner
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Six Month Leave
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7.74
2355 votes

#23 - Six Month Leave

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired 9/28/2008

Freddy Rumsen disappoints his team during a pitch. Pete finds an opportunity at the office to exploit while Don proves his loyalty to an old friend. Betty finds a welcome distraction in Sara Beth.

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A Night to Remember
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7.74
2335 votes

#24 - A Night to Remember

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired 9/14/2008

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.

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Nixon vs. Kennedy
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7.74
2441 votes

#25 - Nixon vs. Kennedy

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 10/11/2007

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.

Directors: Alan Taylor
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