You've Got 68 Days to Watch 78 Episodes of 'Mad Men' Before Season Seven Premieres. Get On It.
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You've Got 68 Days to Watch 78 Episodes of 'Mad Men' Before Season Seven Premieres. Get On It.

By Sarah Carlson | TV Reviews | February 5, 2014 | Comments ()


The first half of the seventh and final season of one of the best dramas on TV, Mad Men, premieres Sunday, April 13, and I’m here to get you ready for it. This look at the 1960s, the purported American dream, identity, and existential despair is worth your time, an there are 78 episodes to rewatch/view for the first time in 68 days, which isn’t bad. (I watched 56 episodes of Breaking Bad in 25 days last fall, so you’ll be fine.) Some people aren’t fans of binge-watching TV, but this nearly two-and-a-half-month spread is hardly bingeing. Don’t worry; I scheduled breaks.

Recaps/analyses from this site are linked on the episode titles for the Season Three premiere and all episodes of seasons four through six; if you want recaps for the earlier seasons, AMC’s website for the show has very cut-and-dry rundowns. Technically, if you’ve never seen the series, you have a year to catch up; the final half of Season Seven won’t air until 2015. But that’s not as fun. You know you want to be up to date and join the community here to discuss the series, as well as read Dustin’s crackpot theories on Uproxx. (I stand by his most notorious theory, about Megan; it was plausible.) So join us. The first five seasons are on Netflix Instant, and Season Six is available to purchase. Start today.


Season One
Feb. 5
1:1, “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes”
Feb. 6
1:2, “Ladies Room”

Feb. 7
1:3, “Marriage of Figaro”
Feb. 8
1:4, “New Amsterdam,” 1:5, “5G”
Feb. 9
1:6, “Babylon”
Feb. 10
1:7, “Red in the Face”
Feb. 11
1:8, “The Hobo Code”

Feb. 12
1:9, “Shoot”
Feb. 13
1:10, “Long Weekend”

Feb. 14
Take a break! And/or do something for Valentine’s. Your call.
Feb. 15
1:11, “Indian Summer,” 1:12, “Nixon vs. Kennedy,” 1:13, “The Wheel”
Season Two

Feb. 16
2:1, “For Those Who Think Young”
Feb. 17
2:2, “Flight 1”

Feb. 18
2:3, “The Benefactor”
Feb. 19
2:4, “Three Sundays”
Feb. 20
2:5, “The New Girl”
Feb. 21
2:6, “Maidenform,” 2:7, “The Gold Violin”
Feb. 22
2:8, “A Night to Remember,” “Six Month Leave”
Feb. 23
2:10, “The Inheritance”
Feb. 24
2:11, “The Jet Set”


Feb. 25
2:12, “The Mountain King”
Feb. 26
2:13, “Meditations in an Emergency”
Season Three
Feb. 27
3:1, “Out of Town”


Feb. 28
3:2, “Love Among the Ruins,” 3:3, “My Old Kentucky Home”
March 1
3:4, “The Arrangements,” 3:5, “The Fog”
March 2
Take a break for the Oscars. And get ready for the amazing …

March 3
3:6, “Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency”
March 4
3:7, “Seven Twenty Three”
March 5
3:8, “Souvenir”
March 6
3:9, “Wee Small Hours”
March 7
3:10,  ”The Color Blue,” 3:11, “The Gypsy and the Hobo”

March 8
3:12, “The Grown-Ups,” 3:13, “Shut the Door. Have a Seat.”
Season Four
March 9
4:1, “Public Relations” 

March 10
4:2, “Christmas Comes But Once a Year” 



March 11
4:3, “The Good News”

March 12
4:4, “The Rejected”
March 13
4:5, “The Chrysanthemum and the Sword”
March 14
4:6, “Waldorf Stories,” 4:7, “The Suitcase” (Such an excellent pairing.)
March 15
4:8, “The Summer Man,” 4:9, “The Beautiful Girls”

March 16
Break time!
March 17
 4:10, “Hands and Knees”

March 18
 4:11, “Chinese Wall”

March 19
 4:12, “Blowing Smoke”

March 20
4:13, “Tomorrowland”

Season Five



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March 21
5:1, “A Little Kiss, Part 1,” 5:2, “A Little Kiss, Part 2”

March 22
5:3, “Tea Leaves,” 5:4, “Mystery Date”
March 23
5:5, “Signal 30”

March 24
Take a break — this season gets heavy. And for fun, print out the above picture of Pete, tape it to a pillow, and punch the pillow repeatedly.
March 25
5:6, “Far Away Places”
March 26
5:7, “At the Codfish Ball”


March 27
5:8, “Lady Lazarus”
March 28
5:9, “Dark Shadows”
March 29
5:10, “Christmas Waltz,” 5:11, “The Other Woman”

March 30
5:12, “Commissions and Fees,” 5:13, “The Phantom”
Season Six
March 31
6:1, “The Doorway, Part 1”
April 1
6:2, “The Doorway, Part 2”


April 2
6:3, “The Collaborators”
April 3
6:4, “To Have and to Hold”
April 4
6:5, “The Flood”
April 5
6:6, “For Immediate Release”

April 6
Take a break for the Game of Thrones Season Four premiere!
April 7
6:7, “Man with a Plan”

April 8
6:8, “The Crash”
April 9
6:9, “The Better Half”
April 10
6:10, “A Tale of Two Cities”
April 11
6:11, “Favors”
April 12
6:12, “The Quality of Mercy”
April 13
6:13, “In Care Of”


Season Seven premiere time! You made it! I’m so proud of you. Don is, too, but he has a hard time expressing it.

Sarah Carlson is a TV Critic for Pajiba. She lives in San Antonio. You can find her on Twitter.

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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not

  • Wigamer

    I'll just watch "The Suitcase" 68 times. It's flawless.

  • Enarra

    We watched the first episode tonight as suggested. It was my mother and I (we've seen it all before) but also my husband who I somehow talked into watching... he had no comment, but he did watch instead of playing games on his iPhone, so that's a good sign right?

  • Bhammer100

    I've wanted to try this series.

  • Maddy

    Maybe something's wrong with me, I tried to watch the first few episodes of the first season ages ago and I just ... couldn't get into it. Maybe I will try again. I bingewatched all of Breaking Bad last year to catch up to the final episodes this year and that worked out pretty well.

  • It takes a handful of episodes to get ramped up, but then the show set the hook and you are sucked in.

  • TenaciousJP

    The season five premiere always reminds me that I have to take my kids to the zooby zooby zoo.

  • Blake Shrapnel

    Oh my glob, FAT BETTY IS MY HERO.

  • pthalio

    I love Fat Betty!

  • cruzzercruz

    Fat Betty's having hot tea, BAMALAM, saving room for ice cream, BAMALAM!!!

  • Guest
  • Netflix needs to get season six and NOW. I know they'll put it up very soon, they always wait until the last second before the new one premieres. I just have to be a little bit more patient and keep being a cheapo before I can get more Hamm in my life.

    Might just spend that whole time rewatching the five seasons available. Good plan, self!

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I briefly considered buying the season six DVDs for $25 when they came out. I decided I'd wait for Netflix and they've really let me down. Also, why don't they have Archer season 4?! What am I even mooching off of my roommate's account for!?!

  • Melissa D

    I have faithfully bought all seasons EXCEPT season 6 for two reasons: 1) I really was not fond of S6, and consider it to be the weakest season to date; and 2) NO FUCKING AUDIO COMMENTARIES!! Those commentaries were AMAZING! And not a single one on this dvd! I'll wait for Netflix.

  • They're so weirdly slow about getting new seasons sometimes. I think they got season 5 of Mad Men a couple of days before season 6 came out. Same with Archer, though they're seriously backed up there.

    And for some reason they only have one season of Cartoon Newtwork shows, and they haven't updated Bob's Burgers in a year! Makes no sense at all.

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