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** Betty Draper Francis and her friend Francine Hanson. Both are unhappy homemakers with distant and unfaithful husbands and share a AlphaBitch-like personality and wit with the common prejudices of that time. But while Betty tries to look perfect and is tearing up inside, Francine acknowledges more of her own insecurities and how imperfect her life is; Betty was a glamorous model in Manhattan who spent a year in Italy while Francine was a schoolteacher somewhere less glamorous. Francine is more honest and aggressive, has a healthier relationship with her children for the most part, confronts her husband and stays married to him, and later becomes a working mom when she attempts a real estate exam and starts her own travel agency. Betty maintains that facade, is very cold to her children, divorces Don and marries another man quickly, and voices skepticism about being a working mother and wife before starting on a Masters in Psychology.
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** In "The Quality of Mercy", Pete once again finds himself in possession of information that proves that someone who has been giving in trouble in the agency is not who he claims to be.
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** John Slattery, the director of Season 5 episode "Signal 30", seems to like these. This episode featured a Match Cut with Ken opening a door, cutting to Pete in the same position opening a different door, and an audio Match Cut from a woman tapping her shoes to Pete Campbell's dripping faucet.

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** John Slattery, the director of Season 5 episode For [[DirectedByCastMember his directorial bit]] in "Signal 30", John Slattery seems to like these. This episode featured features a Match Cut with Ken opening a door, cutting to Pete in the same position opening a different door, and an audio Match Cut from a woman tapping her shoes to Pete Campbell's dripping faucet.



** Roger [[spoiler:convinces the other partners to sell the agency to [=McCann=] to save Don's career and so Roger can prove to himself that he is a leader. Unfortunately, this winds up destroying Sterling Cooper for good when [=McCann=] absorbs [=SC&P=] in "Time and Life".]]
** In "Time & Life", Pete's well-intentioned decision to tell Peggy [[spoiler:that [=McCann=] is absorbing the agency starts a rumor mill that destroys any faith the [=SC&P=] staff had in the partners.]]

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** Roger [[spoiler:convinces the other partners to sell the agency to [=McCann=] to save Don's career and so Roger can prove to himself that he is a leader. Unfortunately, this winds up destroying Sterling Cooper for good when [=McCann=] absorbs [=SC&P=] in "Time and Life".Life"...]]
** In "Time & Life", **....when Pete's well-intentioned decision to tell Peggy [[spoiler:that [=McCann=] is absorbing the agency starts a rumor mill that destroys any faith the [=SC&P=] staff had in the partners.]]



* OminousPipeOrgan: Well, it's not a pipe organ, and it's played for laughs. But in "Lost Horizon", Peggy is getting her stuff from the abandoned offices of the shuttered Sterling Cooper and Partners, when she hears ominous organ music coming out of nowhere. Peggy is pretty spooked until she finds the source -- Roger Sterling playing an organ that [[RuleOfCool for some damn reason]] just happened to be in his office.

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* OminousPipeOrgan: Well, it's not a pipe organ, and it's played for laughs. But in "Lost Horizon", Peggy is getting her stuff from the abandoned offices of the shuttered Sterling Cooper and & Partners, when she hears ominous organ music coming out of nowhere. Peggy is pretty spooked until she finds the source -- [[LeftTheBackgroundMusicOn Roger Sterling playing an organ organ]] that [[RuleOfCool for some damn reason]] just happened to be in his office.



* PunnyName: Dick Whitman gets his name (unbeknownst to his family) from his mother's fondest wish -- cutting [[FreudianThreat off his father's dick]] and boiling it in hog fat for getting her pregnant.

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* PunnyName: Dick Whitman gets his name (unbeknownst to his family) from his mother's fondest wish -- cutting [[FreudianThreat off his father's dick]] johnson]] and boiling it in hog fat for getting her pregnant.



** Season 5 opens with African-American protestors getting doused with paper bag water bombs by employees of Young & Rubicam, one of SCDP's ([[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_&_Rubicam non-fictional]]) competitors, who then march upstairs to complain and catch the pranksters red handed. The scene ends with a protestor remarking "And they call ''us'' savages!" Several critics chided the scene, claiming it was ham-handed, especially the final line... only for it to be revealed that that event actually happened exactly how it was depicted, including the infamous line. Most of the critics who initially criticized the scene stuck to their guns, however, saying that the scene was still ham-handed even if it was true.

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** Season 5 opens with African-American protestors getting doused with paper bag water bombs by employees of Young & Rubicam, one of SCDP's ([[http://en.[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Young_&_Rubicam non-fictional]]) Young & Rubicam]], one of SCDP's non-fictional competitors, who then march upstairs to complain and catch the pranksters red handed. The scene ends with a protestor remarking "And they call ''us'' savages!" Several critics chided the scene, claiming it was ham-handed, especially the final line... only for it to be revealed that that event actually happened exactly how it was depicted, including the infamous line. Most of the critics who initially criticized the scene stuck to their guns, however, saying that the scene was still ham-handed even if it was true.



* ReallyGetsAround: Virtually everybody's favorite pastime. You need a [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2013/04/which_mad_men_characters_score_the_most_the_slate_mad_men_scorecard.html scorecard]] to keep up with the body count. As of Season 6, Don leads the tally with 17 partners, [[SilverFox Roger]] gets the silver at 9, and Pete the third-spot with 7.

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* ReallyGetsAround: Virtually everybody's favorite pastime. You need a [[http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/television/2013/04/which_mad_men_characters_score_the_most_the_slate_mad_men_scorecard.html scorecard]] to keep up with the body count. As of Season 6, Don leads gets the tally gold with 17 partners, [[SilverFox Roger]] gets the silver at 9, and Pete the third-spot is bronze with 7.



* RightHandHottie: Lane Pryce's Season 3 [[InsistentTerminology "right hand" (NOT "secretary")]], John Hooker, is one of these even within the universe: as office manager at Sterling Cooper upon its takeover by Putnam, Powell, and Lowe, he replaces Joan... and is thus in charge of the secretarial pool. The secretaries all swoon over his good looks and sexy British accent. Peggy, on the other hand, calls him [[Film/JamesBond "Moneypenny."]]

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* RightHandHottie: Lane Pryce's Season 3 [[InsistentTerminology "right hand" (NOT "secretary")]], John Hooker, is one of these even within the universe: as Hooker. As office manager at Sterling Cooper upon its takeover by Putnam, Powell, and Lowe, he replaces Joan... and is thus in charge of the secretarial pool. The secretaries all swoon over his good looks and sexy British accent. Peggy, on the other hand, calls him [[Film/JamesBond "Moneypenny."]]



* TheSeventies: Mad Men season 7b premiere "Severance" is set in April 1970. Joan tries cocaine in one episode.

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* TheSeventies: Mad Men season 7b Season 7B premiere "Severance" is set in April 1970. Joan tries cocaine in one episode.



** Seriously, the man's idea of solving problems with a client's wife is shagging her in a coat room. It works too! [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/40972/saturday-night-live-don-drapers-guide SNL even posted a guide to how you can be one too]].

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** Seriously, the man's Don's idea of solving problems with a client's wife is shagging her in a coat room. It works too! [[http://www.hulu.com/watch/40972/saturday-night-live-don-drapers-guide SNL even posted a guide to how you can be one too]].



* SexySecretary: JOAN. Also, Jane, Megan, Peggy... all of them, really, probably even Miss "queen of perversions" Blankenship back in the day.

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* SexySecretary: JOAN.Joan. Also, Jane, Megan, Peggy... all of them, really, probably even Miss "queen of perversions" Blankenship back in the day.



* TheSixties: Get their start in Season 4. If you don't believe us, look at the Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce logo. Just look at it! Look at Peggy's little trip to what appears to be an outpost of the [[Creator/AndyWarhol Factory]] or (for that matter) what she wore to it. There's also Roger Sterling's new office, seemingly straight from the mind of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eero_Saarinen Eero Saarinen]] himself, decked out in black, white, clear glass, and chrome, with circles everywhere and hardly a straight line to be found. Also underscored by Don's new mod apartment and the new Mrs. Draper in a miniskirt. Hippies show up for the first time in Season 6.

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* TheSixties: Get their start in Season 4. If you don't believe us, look at the Sterling Cooper Draper Cooper-Draper Pryce logo. Just look at it! Look at Peggy's little trip to what appears to be an outpost of the [[Creator/AndyWarhol Factory]] or (for that matter) what she wore to it. There's also Roger Sterling's new office, seemingly straight from the mind of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eero_Saarinen Eero Saarinen]] himself, decked out in black, white, clear glass, and chrome, with circles everywhere and hardly a straight line to be found. Also underscored by Don's new mod apartment and the new Mrs. Draper in a miniskirt. Hippies show up for the first time in Season 6.



** "Surprise, there's an airplane here to see you!" in "Christmas Waltz"

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** Joan's response to a messenger serving her with divorce papers in "Christmas Waltz" is "Surprise, there's an airplane here to see you!" in "Christmas Waltz"you!".



** Lane Pryce from Putnam, Powell, and Lowe. Though it works for him in the short term, considering he was almost [[ReassignedToAntarctica sent to ''Bombay'' by his superiors]] for doing such a good job. Eventually he turns out to be more of a BaitAndSwitchTyrant, considering he joins Don, Roger, and Bert to start the new company.
** Jim Hobart, Alpha Male of [=McCann=] Erickson -- starts in "Time and Life" and picks up speed in "Lost Horizon."

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** Lane Pryce from Putnam, Powell, and Lowe. Though it works for him in the short term, considering he was almost [[ReassignedToAntarctica sent to to]] ''Bombay'' by his superiors]] superiors for doing such a good job. Eventually he turns out to be more of a BaitAndSwitchTyrant, considering he joins Don, Roger, and Bert to start the new company.
** Jim Hobart, Alpha Male of [=McCann=] Erickson [=McCann=]-Erickson -- starts in "Time and Life" and picks up speed in "Lost Horizon."



* UnfortunateImplications: InUniverse: Don's Hawaii ad is suggestive of suicide, which his colleagues and the client point out.

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* UnfortunateImplications: InUniverse: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w-QXjOQjVmQ Don's Hawaii ad ad]] is suggestive of suicide, which his colleagues and the client point out.
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** One particularly crucial one: In "A Night to Remember" (Season 2, Episode 8), Don and Duck have a disagreement about how to market Heineken. Duck -- along with the clients themselves -- just want to increase the brand's bar exposure. But Don has the idea to do some UpMarketing: play on the "[[MadeInCountryX imported from Holland]]" angle and set it off as "better" than other beer, to be presented to well-off, educated housewives as something to serve at parties (like wine), rather than hide in the garage like the cold ones her husband drinks. To prove his point, Don makes sure the store that Betty (who as wife of an ad executive and graduate of Bryn Mawr College is definitely part of the target demographic) shops at is part of the test market, and invites Duck along to dinner at his place (along with the Sterlings and some other friends). Sure enough, when Betty is running through her "tour-of-the-world" selection of courses, she presents the Heineken "from Holland" as an alternative to the French wine also on offer. Everyone laughs heartily...except for Betty, who resents being used as a guinea pig. As a result, although the plan works perfectly from a business perspective (they even consider using Betty's menu verbatim), it's a catastrophe for Don personally: it leads to Don being ExiledToTheCouch for the first time.
** Don runs a KansasCityShuffle against Chaough's firm CGC in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword." When Honda's visit to SCDP is ruined by Roger's obnoxious, racist, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs obnoxiously racist]] behavior towards their executives, Don realizes he has no chance of winning, and probably no chance to resign. He does not, however, want to give CGC another "win". So he proceeds to give every indication SCDP will make a really high-quality but budget-busting spec ad for Honda (which was against the rules, and which Chaough would recognize as the kind of gambit Don ''would'' run) in order to get CGC to ''actually'' make a high-quality but budget-busting spec ad, then resigns the account when asked to meet with the Honda execs (who had seen and liked CGC's spec ad), saying that since they had broken their rules, he could not honorably do business with them. Honda decides in the end to remain for the moment at Grey, but allowed SCDP to bid to develop the advertising for their new automotive division.

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** One particularly crucial one: In "A Night to Remember" (Season 2, Episode 8), Don and Duck have a disagreement about how to market Heineken. Duck -- along with the clients themselves -- just want to increase the brand's bar exposure. But Don has the idea to do some UpMarketing: play on the "[[MadeInCountryX imported Imported from Holland]]" angle and set it off as "better" than other beer, to be presented to well-off, educated housewives as something to serve at parties (like wine), rather than hide in the garage like the cold ones her husband drinks. To prove his point, Don makes sure the store that Betty (who as the wife of an ad executive and graduate of Bryn Mawr College graduate is definitely part of the target demographic) shops at is part of the test market, and invites Duck along to dinner at his place (along with the Sterlings and some other friends). Sure enough, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VvOop3O569Y when Betty is running through her "tour-of-the-world" selection of courses, courses]], she presents the Heineken "from Holland" as an alternative to the French wine also on offer. Everyone laughs heartily...except for Betty, who resents being used as a guinea pig. As a result, although the plan works perfectly from a business perspective (they even consider using Betty's menu verbatim), it's a catastrophe for Don personally: it leads to Don being ExiledToTheCouch for the first time.
** Don runs a KansasCityShuffle against Chaough's firm CGC in "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword." When Honda's visit to SCDP is ruined by Roger's [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs obnoxious, racist, and [[BreadEggsBreadedEggs obnoxiously racist]] behavior towards their executives, Don realizes he has no chance of winning, and probably no chance to resign. He does not, however, want to give CGC another "win". So he proceeds to give every indication SCDP will make a really high-quality but budget-busting spec ad for Honda (which was against the rules, and which Chaough would recognize as the kind of gambit Don ''would'' run) in order to get CGC to ''actually'' make a high-quality but budget-busting spec ad, then resigns the account when asked to meet with the Honda execs (who had seen and liked CGC's spec ad), saying that since they had broken their rules, he could not honorably do business with them. Honda decides in the end to remain for the moment at Grey, but allowed SCDP to bid to develop the advertising for their new automotive division.



** Also, in "Beautiful Girls" when Don, Faye, and Ken are deciding on an ad campaign with a client as Pete and Joan try to cart away Ms. Blankenship's dead body in her chair covered in a blanket.
** Made funnier by Harry protesting that his mother made that blanket.
** An earlier example in "Ladies Room" -- Don is discussing the possibility of working on the Nixon campaign with Sterling and Cooper, and through the window to his office you can see a fireball as Cosgrove and some of the other guys in the office set a spray of the deodorant they're playing with aflame.

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** Also, in "Beautiful Girls" when Don, Faye, and Ken are deciding on an ad campaign with a client as Fillmore Auto Parts, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NjInPSmSZW8 only to be interrupted because of the abrupt death]] of Don's ancient secretary Miss Blankenship. Don tells the secretaries to take care of it. The meeting resumes, while in the background, Pete and Joan try to cart away Ms. Blankenship's dead the chair, with the body in her chair covered in a blanket.
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blanket. And Harry protesting that his mother made that blanket.
** An earlier example in "Ladies Room" -- Don is discussing the possibility of working on the Nixon campaign with Sterling Roger and Cooper, Bert, and through the window to his office you can see a fireball as Ken Cosgrove and some of the other guys in the office set a spray of the deodorant they're playing with aflame.



** When Roger almost goes OutWithABang, he's mumbling the name of the one-night-stand he was with, and an overwrought Don slaps him and growls, "Mona! Your wife's name is ''Mona''!"

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** When Roger almost goes OutWithABang, he's mumbling the name of the one-night-stand he was with, and an overwrought Don slaps him and growls, tells him, "Mona! Your wife's name is ''Mona''!"



** As mentioned above, Joan is married to Greg when she cheats on him with Roger. This is somewhat sympathetic because of Greg's previous rape of Joan and while Roger may be a jerk, he's been shown to care for her greatly. Then, in Season Five, she divorces Greg, but is still technically married to him when she sleeps with the head of Jaguar to land SCDP the account.

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** As mentioned above, Joan is married to Greg when she cheats on him with Roger. This is treated somewhat sympathetic sympathetically because of Greg's previous rape of Joan and while Roger may be a jerk, he's been shown to care for her greatly. Then, in Season Five, she divorces Greg, but is still technically married to him when she sleeps with Herb Rennet, the head of Jaguar Jaguar, to land SCDP the account.



* HappilyMarried: ''No one''. Except maybe Betty and Henry Francis -- although they start sniping at each other in Season 7A -- and Ken and Cynthia Cosgrove, whom we hardly ever see together. The writers like to tease us sometimes, like Harry and Jennifer Crane before Season 5, Don and Megan Draper during Season 5, and even Pete and Trudy Campbell in Seasons 4 and 5, but inevitably, it ends in shit.

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* HappilyMarried: ''No one''.Averted with pretty much everyone. Except maybe Betty and Henry Francis -- although they start sniping at each other in Season 7A -- and Ken and Cynthia Cosgrove, whom we hardly ever see together. The writers like to tease us sometimes, like Harry and Jennifer Crane before Season 5, Don and Megan Draper during Season 5, and even Pete and Trudy Campbell in Seasons 4 and 5, but inevitably, it ends in shit.



* HumiliationConga: Don's return to SC&P in "Field Trip." Roger forgot to tell the other partners that Don was coming, so Don returns to a bunch of awkward looks. While Dawn and the creative team are glad to see him, everyone else treats him like a fossil. Lou schedules a meeting with the creative team just to strip Don of the few people who are happy to see him, Peggy stops by just to tell him that she's still upset with him over his role in breaking up her and Ted, and the partners only allow Don back in exchange for agreeing to several burdensome restrictions -- in particular, having his responsibilities massively reduced, and a warning that even the slightest act of misconduct will result in him not only being fired, but forfeiting all his shares in the agency. This continues in the next episode where Don is not given any real work for the first few weeks, and when he is finally assigned to a project, he is subordinate to Peggy and is given a task more appropriate to a new copywriter than someone of Don's experience. It becomes quite clear that the other partners are just waiting for an excuse to fire him for good.

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* HumiliationConga: Don's return to SC&P in "Field Trip." "
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Roger forgot to tell the other partners that Don was coming, so Don returns to a bunch of awkward looks.looks.
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While Dawn and the creative team are glad to see him, everyone else treats him like a fossil.
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Lou schedules a meeting with the creative team just to strip Don of the few people who are happy to see him, Peggy stops by just to tell him that she's still upset with him over his role in breaking up her and Ted, and the partners only allow Don back in exchange for agreeing to several burdensome restrictions -- in particular, having his responsibilities massively reduced, and a warning that even the slightest act of misconduct will result in him not only being fired, but forfeiting all his shares in the agency.
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This continues in the next episode where Don is not given any real work for the first few weeks, and when he is finally assigned to a project, he is subordinate to Peggy and is given a task more appropriate to a new copywriter than someone of Don's experience.
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It thus becomes quite clear that the other partners are just waiting for an excuse to fire him for good.



* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Poor Ken Cosgrove gets a faceful of birdshot while out hunting with some Chevrolet executives. He survives but resigns the account. The same bunch of executives also almost got him killed in a car accident and he wants out before their recklessness kills him.

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* IJustShotMarvinInTheFace: Poor Ken Cosgrove gets a faceful of birdshot while out hunting with some Chevrolet executives. He survives survives, albeit with the loss of one of his eyes, but resigns the account. The same bunch of executives also almost got him killed in a car accident and he wants out before their recklessness kills him.
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''Mad Men'' is an American [[PeriodPiece period drama]] involving an advertising firm on Madison Avenue, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, during the 1960s. The series deconstructs "good old days" of America's past and explores the changing American landscape through the eyes of Sterling-Cooper Advertising and the world of advertising at the dawn of [[TheSixties the decade]] that would change America forever.

The series, while an ensemble, focuses mainly on Don Draper (Creator/JonHamm), a charming rogue of an ad executive with major personal problems: mainly the fact that he can't keep his dick in his pants, as well as his DarkAndTroubledPast.

As the show progresses through the 1960s, many seasons are tied to milestone events: Season one culminated in the 1960 election of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, season two took place during 1962 and ended with the Cuban Missile Crisis, and season three ran through 1963 and featured the JFK assassination in its penultimate episode. Season Four (1964-65) breaks this pattern, though much of it centers around the VietnamWar; Season 5 (1966-67) continues to deal with Vietnam; and Season 6 (1968)[[labelnote:*]]OK, technically, it begins in December 1967 skipping the "Summer of Love"[[/labelnote]] is highly chaotic (just like the year). The first half of Season 7 begins with Nixon's inauguration in January 1969 and ends with man's first moonwalk later in July. The final half continues and closes in 1970, with less focus on current real-life events and more on the professional and personal turmoils of the main cast.

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''Mad Men'' is an American [[PeriodPiece period drama]] involving surrounding an advertising firm on Madison Avenue, UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity, during the 1960s. The series deconstructs nostalgia of the "good old days" of America's past and explores the changing American landscape through the eyes of Sterling-Cooper Advertising and the world of advertising at the dawn of [[TheSixties the decade]] that would change America forever.

The series, while an ensemble, ensemble piece, focuses mainly on Don Draper (Creator/JonHamm), a charming rogue of an ad executive with major personal problems: mainly the fact that he can't keep problems--mainly his dick in inability to break his pants, personal cycle of infidelity, as well as his DarkAndTroubledPast.

As the show progresses through the 1960s, many seasons are tied to and punctuated by milestone events: events. Season one culminated culminates in the 1960 election of UsefulNotes/JohnFKennedy, season two took takes place during 1962 and ended ends with the Cuban Missile Crisis, and season three ran runs through 1963 and featured the JFK assassination in its penultimate episode. Season Four (1964-65) breaks this pattern, though much of it centers around the VietnamWar; VietnamWar. Season 5 (1966-67) continues to deal with Vietnam; and Season 6 (1968)[[labelnote:*]]OK, technically, it begins in December 1967 skipping the "Summer of Love"[[/labelnote]] is highly chaotic (just like the year).year) and delves into the racial tensions at the time, including the assassination of UsefulNotes/MartinLutherKingJr. The first half of Season 7 begins with Nixon's inauguration in January 1969 and ends with man's first moonwalk later in July. The final half continues and closes in 1970, with less focus on current real-life events and more on the professional and personal turmoils of the main cast.
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* FiftiesHair: Season 1 has chock full of late 50s carryover styles with all of the men sporting side parts and crew cuts, and the women having diversity with Betty sporting the classic short and wavy, Joan with the artichoke, and Peggy with the ponytail and bangs.
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** Joan's mother, now a grandma since Joan has a baby, pipes up in "The Strategy" that "the Jews close everything on Sunday".

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** Joan's mother, now a grandma since Joan has a baby, pipes up in "The Strategy" that "the Jews close everything on Sunday".Saturday".
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the "good old days" NostalgiaFilter view of the Sixties. Needless to say, America was ''not'' a perfect and happy place back then like such views claim. See the entry below for DeliberateValuesDissonance for some good examples.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the "good old days" NostalgiaFilter view of the Fifties, which are still prevalent well into the Sixties. Needless to say, America was ''not'' a perfect and happy place back then like such views claim. See the entry below for DeliberateValuesDissonance for some good examples.
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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the "good old days" NostalgiaFilter view of the Fifties. Needless to say, America was ''not'' a perfect and happy place back then like such views claim. See the entry below for DeliberateValuesDissonance for some good examples.

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* {{Deconstruction}}: Of the "good old days" NostalgiaFilter view of the Fifties.Sixties. Needless to say, America was ''not'' a perfect and happy place back then like such views claim. See the entry below for DeliberateValuesDissonance for some good examples.
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* BastardAngst: Don Draper experienced this, being the bastard son of a whore. When his biological father died his stepmother made life miserable for him, spurring him to take over a dead man's identity and become the ManipulativeBastard he is in the show.
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