The Myth And The Madness: Things You Didn’t Know About Mad Men

With countless awards and accolades, Mad Men is one of the most successful television programs of recent times. Bursting onto the small screen in 2007, the 1960s-set show introduced us to a world of intrigue, sex, money and the complex lives of the enigmatic characters of Sterling Cooper. When it ended after seven seasons in 2015, it left a big hole in our hearts and our TV schedules, but our love for it has stayed as bright as a Lucky Strike billboard. Join us as we take a look at some behind-the-scenes secrets and little-known facts of AMC’s hit show Mad Men.

The Show Wasn’t Picked Up For Over Half A Decade

It might seem like the show has the kind of winning formula that would get it instantly picked up by a studio, but this wasn’t the case. Creator Matthew Weiner was working on the CBS sitcom Becker, spending his every spare moment doing research for his idea.

Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images
Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images

He spent a week sketching out the idea for the show, but no one bit. The script remained untouched. However, it did land the impoverished writer with a job on HBO’s hit mafia show, The Sopranos. Little did Weiner know, in three years his world would take off.