Mad Men was created and is produced by Matthew Weiner. It premiered on July 19, 2007, and completed its second season on October 26, 2008. Set in New York City, Mad Men begins in 1960 at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on New York City's Madison Avenue. The show centers on the character Don Draper (played by actor John Hamm), the agency's creative director, and the people in his work and home life. It also depicts the changing social mores and culture of 1960s America like women in the workplace, sexuality and politics.
The main characters of Mad Men besides Don Draper are: Betty Draper-Don's unhappy housewife; Roger Sterling-Don's womanizing boss; Peggy Olson-an ambitious copywriter; Pete Campbell-frustrated account manager; Joan Holloway-office manager and the epitome of sensuality; Salvatore Romano-art director and conflicted husband; Paul Kinsey-a pipe smoking Orson Welles look-a-like copywriter; and Harry Crane-the ambitious yet bumbling head of television. There is also various supporting characters that appear regularly in the show.
From the start Mad Men has received widespread critical acclaim, particularly for its historical authenticity and visual style, and has won numerous awards, including three Golden Globes, a BAFTA and six Emmys. And, obviously from its record-breaking viewer number this year, it is very popular with the viewing audience, which is no small feat.
Leading up to the August 16 season three premiere of Mad Men, the media including many magazines ran a variety of stories on different aspects of the show including, fashion, culture and advertising. Some of the magazines that ran Mad Men stories include Vanity Fair, Esquire, Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, InStyle, USA Today, Time, Entertainment Weekly and Fast Company magazine. In addition, actress January Jones (Betty Draper) appeared on the cover of Interview magazine and John Hamm appeared on the cover of American Cinematographer magazine.
As the series heads into season three it is once again up for Emmy Awards including Outstanding Drama Series, Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series for John Hamm, Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for Elizabeth Moss (Peggy Olson) and Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for John Slattery (Roger Sterling).