Farewell Mad Men – my top 5 moments from the series

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Like many others I will be a little lost after the final episode of Mad Men is screened tonight. Adored by critics and viewers alike, the series has been analysed from every angle – including my favourite, each witty episode review of the show’s costumes in Tom and Lorenzo’s MadStyle recap.

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Ultimately it is the characters who I’ll miss the most. It is increasingly rare for me to find likeable characters across any form of media. Interesting and complicated, yes – think Breaking Bad’s Walter White or House of Cards’ Francis Underwood. But those guys are not immediately likeable I’d argue.

Mad Men’s characters are both flawed and likeable and I have found myself emotionally invested in what happens to them. I particularly care about the female characters – Peggy, Sally and Joan – who have been written with a complexity and sensitivity sadly rarely seen in roles for women.

Care as I may, it’s all coming to an end shortly so now time to reminisce with my top 5 moments from the entire series ..

1. Blowing Smoke – Don breaks up with the tobacco industry in a trademark bold move but now in hindsight quite poignant [season 4, episode 12]

Don Draper - why I'm quitting tobacco


2. Sally lets Don know what she thinks of his and Betty’s personalities -“When anyone pays attention to you, and they always do, you just ooze everywhere.” —Sally [season 7, episode 10]

Sally Draper

3. Lane and Pete’s fight and Roger’s awesome line..“I know that cooler heads should prevail. But am I the only one who wants to see this?” [season 5, episode 5]

4. How could we forget Zou Bisou? Megan’s cringeworthy (depending on how you see it) birthday gift to Don [season 5, episode 1]

5. My all time favourite – Peggy strides into McCann Erickson like the boss she is [season 7, episode 12]

Peggy Olsen

Image credits: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC, Michael Yarish/AMC
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