The Best Episodes of Mad Men

Last Updated: Nov 17, 2018

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

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 8.71
582 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Erin Levy
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The Other Woman

#2 - The Other Woman

Season 5 - Episode 11

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 8.63
636 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner
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Commissions and Fees

#3 - Commissions and Fees

Season 5 - Episode 12

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

star 8.60
628 votes
Directors: Chris Manley
Writers: Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton
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Waterloo

#4 - Waterloo

Season 7 - Episode 7

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 8.49
988 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Carly Wray, Matthew Weiner
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The Suitcase

#5 - The Suitcase

Season 4 - Episode 7

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 8.47
613 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner
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Signal 30

#6 - Signal 30

Season 5 - Episode 5

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 8.40
621 votes
Directors: John Slattery
Writers: Frank Pierson, Matthew Weiner
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In Care Of

#7 - In Care Of

Season 6 - Episode 13

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 8.37
822 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Carly Wray; Matthew Weiner
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For Immediate Release

#8 - For Immediate Release

Season 6 - Episode 6

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 8.36
811 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner
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A Little Kiss (2)

#9 - A Little Kiss (2)

Season 5 - Episode 2

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 8.33
306 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner
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Meditations in an Emergency

#10 - Meditations in an Emergency

Season 2 - Episode 13

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

star 8.32
540 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Kater Gordon, Matthew Weiner
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At the Codfish Ball

#11 - At the Codfish Ball

Season 5 - Episode 7

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 8.31
603 votes
Writers: Jonathan Igla
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Tomorrowland

#12 - Tomorrowland

Season 4 - Episode 13

Don and Peggy are faced with life-altering decisions

star 8.25
534 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Jonathan Igla, Matthew Weiner
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Favors

#13 - Favors

Season 6 - Episode 11

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 8.24
777 votes
Writers: Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner
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The Gypsy and the Hobo

#14 - The Gypsy and the Hobo

Season 3 - Episode 11

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

star 8.23
514 votes
Writers: Marti Noxon, Cathryn Humphris, Matthew Weiner
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A Little Kiss (1)

#15 - A Little Kiss (1)

Season 5 - Episode 1

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 8.21
604 votes
Writers: Matthew Weiner
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The Wheel

#16 - The Wheel

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.20
631 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Matthew Weiner, Robin Veith
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The Phantom

#17 - The Phantom

Season 5 - Episode 13

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 8.19
624 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Jonathan Igla, Matthew Weiner
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The Grown-Ups

#18 - The Grown-Ups

Season 3 - Episode 12

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 8.19
514 votes
Writers: Brett Johnson, Matthew Weiner
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Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency

#19 - Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency

Season 3 - Episode 6

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

star 8.18
534 votes
Writers: Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner
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Nixon vs. Kennedy

#20 - Nixon vs. Kennedy

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.18
637 votes
Directors: Alan Taylor
Writers: Maria Jacquemetton, Andre Jacquemetton, Lisa Albert
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Person to Person

#21 - Person to Person

Season 7 - Episode 14

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

star 8.17
924 votes
Directors: Matthew Weiner
Writers: Matthew Weiner
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The Quality of Mercy

#22 - The Quality of Mercy

Season 6 - Episode 12

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 8.16
785 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Andre Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton
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Far Away Places

#23 - Far Away Places

Season 5 - Episode 6

Don abandons Megan at an upstate Howard Johnson's; Peggy fights with Abe and then Heinz; Roger and Jane try LSD but then break up.

star 8.16
593 votes
Writers: Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner
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Mystery Date

#24 - Mystery Date

Season 5 - Episode 4

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 8.09
597 votes
Directors: Matt Shakman
Writers: Victor Levin, Matthew Weiner
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The Runaways

#25 - The Runaways

Season 7 - Episode 5

Don has a visitor from his past. Stan embarrasses a superior. Peggy helps Ginsberg with a problem. Harry finds that he has a new ally at the agency.

star 8.08
867 votes
Writers: David Iserson, Matthew Weiner
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