The BEST Episodes of Mad Men

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Aug 29, 2020

Network: AMC

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.

Shut the Door. Have a Seat

#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.

star 8.22
2,121 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner
The Other Woman

#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.

star 8.17
1,843 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Semi Chellas
Commissions and Fees

#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.

star 8.09
1,883 votes
Directors: Chris Manley
Writers: Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton
Waterloo

#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.

star 8.05
1,670 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Carly Wray, Matthew Weiner
In Care Of

#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.

star 8.05
1,650 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Carly Wray, Matthew Weiner
A Little Kiss (2)

#6 - A Little Kiss (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.

star 8.04
809 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner
Signal 30

#7 - 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.

star 8.04
2,181 votes
Directors: John Slattery
Writers: Frank Pierson, Matthew Weiner
Meditations in an Emergency

#8 - Meditations in an Emergency

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 26, 2008

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

star 8.00
2,088 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Kater Gordon, Matthew Weiner
The Suitcase

#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.

star 7.99
2,431 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner
For Immediate Release

#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.

star 7.96
1,776 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner
Person to Person

#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.

star 7.94
1,512 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Matthew Weiner
The Gypsy and the Hobo

#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.

star 7.92
1,975 votes
Writers: Cathryn Humphris, Marti Noxon, Matthew Weiner
Tomorrowland

#13 - Tomorrowland

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Oct 17, 2010

Don and Peggy are faced with life-altering decisions

star 7.92
2,091 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Jonathan Igla, Matthew Weiner
At the Codfish Ball

#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.

star 7.88
2,090 votes
Writers: Jonathan Igla
Favors

#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.

star 7.88
1,585 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Semi Chellas
The Phantom

#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.

star 7.86
1,976 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Jonathan Igla, Matthew Weiner
The Grown-Ups

#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.

star 7.83
2,132 votes
Writers: Brett Johnson, Matthew Weiner
The Quality of Mercy

#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.

star 7.82
1,668 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton
Mystery Date

#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.

star 7.81
2,027 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Victor Levin
The Milk and Honey Route

#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.

star 7.79
1,443 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Carly Wray, Matthew Weiner
The Wheel

#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.

star 7.77
2,307 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith
Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency

#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.

star 7.77
2,099 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith
A Tale of Two Cities

#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.

star 7.77
1,612 votes
Directors: John Slattery
Writers: Janet Leahy, Matthew Weiner
Nixon vs. Kennedy

#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.

star 7.76
2,441 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Andre Jacquemetton, Lisa Albert, Maria Jacquemetton
A Night to Remember

#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.

star 7.76
2,331 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith