‘Mad Men’ Series Finale: Review Roundup

May 18, 2015

Mad Men’ series finale has come and gone, marking the end of the hit 1960s drama on AMC. Social media is buzzing over what happened and what didn’t happen. But what about the television critics? Check out a review roundup (spoiler alert) below.

Mad Men cast

The AMC series ‘Mad Men’ and its characters have become iconic, influencing our pop culture over these past seven years. Jon Hamm’s Don Draper character is enshrined in television history along with the supporting cast. The impact of the show’s 1960 fashions upon the real-life fashion world is inescapable. Not least, the show made stars of its principal cast, some of whom you can see in the picture above (January Jones, John Slattery, Jon Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, and Christina Hendricks).

But now Matthew Weiner’s groundbreaking series that lurched its way from the Eisenhower era into the throes of Sixties revolution and counterculture is over. But is the end a satisfying end? Has it infuriated viewers or has it left them with the much needed closure? From the talk on social media, we’ve had a rare occurrence; the ending has been largely applauded.

As for the television critics, check out a roundup of reviews of this final season 7, episode 14, ‘Person to Person,’ which creator Weiner wrote and directed. And again, this is a spoiler alert so do scroll at your own risk…or curiosity!

“…. The show has pushed Don’s character thousands of miles away from anyone he knows, and people do have breakthroughs in therapy all the time. However, I was absolutely disturbed, unsettled and thrilled by the final shot — and song — that followed, which seemed to distill so much of what the show has been saying about advertising (and the other lies we tell ourselves) for seven seasons….” — New York Times

“….I mean, there’s a way to interpret the conclusion of “Person to Person,” and “Mad Men,” in which Don Draper’s voyage of self-discovery across these United States doesn’t lead to him writing the most famous Coca-Cola ad of them all. In that version, one might lean on Matthew Weiner’s own words about how he would never give one of his characters credit for an iconic real-life campaign(*), and one might suggest the point of the ad is to represent the world he left behind, which would try to take this genuine moment and turn it into yet another commodity….” — HitFix

“….Here we had a cast of talented, likable and interesting characters, all of them trying to find their place in a quickly-changing world, and one man that simply refused. The show gave us wonderful, satisfying, halfway-to-fan-service endings for all the major characters…” — Forbes

“….So while the hour mixed in some wonderfully graceful notes and tied up a few loose ends, others were left dangling, starting with the cryptic question of whether meditation and peace with the universe birthed that famous “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” Coca-Cola campaign….” — Variety

“…On first blush, it’s the too-cute ending that you kind of hoped Mad Men would avoid. After all, Don Draper didn’t come up with the “I’d Like to Buy the World a Coke” ad. A man named Bill Backer did, and his epiphany had nothing to do with Big Sur. Plus, that’s the sitcom ending, the too-good-to-be-true ending. The funny ending. It’s cute, but Mad Men wasn’t a cute show…..” — UPROXX

“….As for our hero, well, those who were convinced he would not outlive his series were mistaken: Mad Men ended with Don Draper alive and possibly well. He was last seen smiling in a yoga pose chanting “ommmm” as the scene shifted into the famous I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing Coke commercial: The ad man finally at one with his ads….” — USA Today

“….The Mad Men finale was fascinating, delivering a lot of closure (far more than I expected) intermixed with a reminder that some people can never truly change, no matter how much they try to reinvent themselves…..” -IGN

“….What’s important, though, isn’t that Don went back to work. It’s not whether he was a bigger part of his family’s life when he returned (odds are he was, given Stephanie’s sage advice). It’s that he found a way to be happy in doing so….” — IndieWire

As with the end of such classic television shows, the discussion and the debate is just beginning even if we don’t have the collective gasp that somehow it just did not end as it should end. Fans seem satisfied, critics seem satisfied, and ‘Mad Men’ will now live on and on on DVD and syndication as many a drama before it has done

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