Mad Men is Back!

Posted on January 23, 2013

‘Mad Men’ will return for its sixth season on Sunday, April 7 at 9:00 pm ET/PT with a special two-hour premiere written by creator and executive producer, Matthew Weiner and directed by executive producer, Scott Hornbacher. Following the premiere, on Sunday, April 14, “Mad Men” will return to its regular timeslot at 10pm ET/PT with an episode written by Jonathan Igla and Weiner, and directed by Jon Hamm.



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  • Pete Campbell has my dad’s sideburns from my parents (1971) wedding photos. 

    •  THAT”S PETE?! oh just when i thought: “oh, who that guy? we’re getting  anew character, nice. i hope he’s joan’s new guy and he deserves her.” and then – PETE. wa wahh

      • annieanne

        Either a really bad photograph or Pete needs to lay off the booze. He doesn’t appear to be aging well.

    • H2olovngrl

      Holy crap! That is Pete?!!

      • Don Hackett

        and looking damn smarmy…ew.

        posted by sleah in norcal

    • miagain

      And Sally has my dress and gloves from 1967!!

  • Sobaika

    In April. Better than nothing!

    • SassieCassy

      feels so long away


    The ladies are starting to look more like the cast of “The Valley of the Dolls” by this point, not that that’s a bad thing.

    • EEKstl

      NEELY O’HARA!!!!!!

      • StephanieLovesTLo

        “Sparkle, Neely, Sparkle!”

        • EEKstl

          “I’m not the butler, Neely.”
          “You ain’t the breadwinner either!”

  • Vera L-

    YAY! I needed good news today and here it is. Megan is serving up Priscilla Presley realness. 

  • fnarf

    These photos, especially that first one, look like Garry Winogrand’s. Quite appropriate.

  • nice call, boys, on Joan taking the Elizabeth Taylor route!  Looks like that prediction was certainly on point.

    • That was my second thought, the first one being “What IS Joanie WEARING?”. I love how it looks like her boobs won a prize and her cooch won two 😉

    • Don Hackett

      it also has a bit of an indian/middle eastern flair.  very appropriate for the late sixties.  and i love how her boobies look a little more free, not tied up tight in a constricting torpedo bra.  and she’s giving don a come hither look.  don, of course, is ignoring her.  why is peggy sitting on the floor?

      love from sleah in norcal

  • NDC_IPCentral

    A lousy day has just improved about a bajillion percent!!  Hooray!

    Don’s temples are receding, just like mine did this fall from chemo, but his are from aging!

  • idk i think i’ll kinda miss chubby betty.

    • Last year’s promo pics had January Jones looking normal (aka not chubby), so Betty may still be overweight. We shall see!

  • Judy_J

    I am so ready to resume my relationship with Mr. Draper.

  • Trisha26

    Now I want all the episodes to be in black & white!

  • PastryGoddess


    Joanie looks Divine!

  • cmb92191

    I want the episodes in black and white— can you imagine?

    • Karen Maslowski

       We did have color TV then, you know. It wasn’t THAT long ago.  🙂

      • roadtrip1000

        But color TVs were a lot more expensive than black and white TVs back then.

        • teensmom99

           My family didn’t get color until 1976 because my grandfather was staying with us & he coudn’t understand why we didn’t have color.

        • I was born in 1966 and we always had a color TV.  In fact, there is a photo of my sister and me at a very young age sitting in front of one (with it’s round, protruding screen).  I did have a small B&W TV in my bedroom starting in the 4th grade.  That’s the same year (1976) that I remember going with my Dad to Radio Lab and buying a new Zenith color TV with an actual remote control!  For $512! (which is around $2,000 now, accounting for inflation).  It worked with ultrasonic sound that our dog could, from time to time, hear and would bark at. That was still in the days of fixing vertical control problems by banging on the top.

  • deathandthestrawberry


  • cmb92191

    Now I’m wondering what type of function?   Betty and Megan are there so … could it be a SCDP function?   A very fancy open house?   A wedding?   (Whose?)  Look at the pattern of the jacket next to Peggy as she is seated

    • These are probably just promo shots. They’ve done that before with previous seasons- pretty glamour shots that have nothing to do with any of the episodes.

    • AmeliaEve

       YES! I really want to know who’s got a brocade dinner jacket. I would have thought Harry, but he looks pretty normal elsewhere. Maybe one of the guys from the art department.

  • Damien W

    I was expecting to have to wait till May or June…yay!

    I doubt these are from an episode, they always make artsy/high fashion promo photos to tease the upcoming season.

  • EEKstl

    Such fabulous promo shots.  DYING for Jessica Pare’s hairdo, SO perfect for the era.

  • PrunellaV

    Looks like 1968?

  • ballerinawithagun

    Fabulous photos. Can’t wait. Looks like they let January Jones be thin again.

  • another_laura

    What’s with the Peter Pan collar on Peggy’s formalwear?  No wonder she’s looking pouty.

  • April 7th.  April 7th.  April 7th.

  • Haha, misleading title is misleading. But I already knew it was coming back in April, so no harm. 

  • Puck Thornton

    My favourite show returns!!! Happy days. Love the photos. Bert is apparently still alive, Joan’s dress is very unflattering, Don looks like he had a stroke in that first pic, I love Sally’s flip and Betty’s bitchface and Megan’s Priscilla hair. Pete’s sideburns and ever receding hairline are great. The photo with Peggy is quite telling. Sorry, slightly hysterical now.
    Looks like one of those great parties, something political maybe?

  • MinasAunt

    The pictures are great.  They remind me of All About Eve for some reason… 

    • roadtrip1000

       “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.” Maybe you’re thinking of the scene in the party where they’re gathered around the staircase. At one point a very young Marilyn Monroe walks down with a pout. Great movie.

      • MinasAunt

        That’s exactly it!   I think it’s Peggy sitting on the stairs and everyone in tuxes that did it for me.

    • kathryn_dc

      “I’ll admit I may have seen better days, but I’m still not to be had for the price of a cocktail, like a salted peanut.” I love that movie.

  • MilaXX

    April still seems far away.

  • Violina23

    I love how Peggy is sitting in these shots with a determined look in her eye… kinda like how she’s still sort of under the radar, but is ready to kick some ass

    • Calinda_L

      Interesting that in the photo above it, Don looks completely uninterested in the women he his pictured with. In the Peggy photo, though, he appears to be staring directly at her. Iiiiinteresting…

      • Peggy looks like the hero’s girlfriend in Shoenen Anime. Tai and Sora will smile now : ) 
        Also less bling on Joan, she doesn’t need it

  • kimmeister

    Christina Hendricks looks like she wandered in from an entirely different time period.

    • tereliz

      Janie Bryant seems to be keeping Joanie firmly planted in the early 60s, in clothes that support her shape instead of the more modern and less supportive garments the other ladies are wearing. Makes sense for a character who is madly clinging to the memory of what she thinks were the best years of her life. She’s a single mother in her thirties which probably makes her feel extremely undesirable. It’s like Joanie already thinks she’s “old”, and therefore sticks to the dresses of a similar style to those she wore in her youth, which are only serving to show her age. 

      It’s quite a psychologically appropriate wardrobe choice for the promo shots, just like most of Janie Bryant’s choices on the show have been, so I applaud the choice. I only wish I knew what color it was. *sigh*

      • Exactly. A lot of women get locked into the style of their youth, because that’s when they felt they looked their best, even if it no longer works for them. Joan has to be pushing 40 at this point. She has a child and a very demanding job and Joan has always struck me as having very practical, middle class sensibilities committed to doing things a very certain way. Joan is exactly the sort of person who would have “her style” and never change it, probably even thinks the stuff that is in style “now” (i.e. 1968) looks ridiculous and unfeminine. I just can’t imagine Joan in a paisley kaftan, can you?

  • RussellH88

    Did they fire the actress who plays Fat Betty? She was my favorite new character of last season. 

  • Jecca2244

    Wait, so thin Betty again???

    • Not necessarily. The promo pictures from last year had JJ looking thin as usual.

  • Chaiaiai

    I feel like Joan would have cut her hair by now.  It’s too soon for the Vidal cut but something…..

    • fnarf

      Too soon? He was cutting the bob in the early sixties, and took New York by storm in ’65. This season starts in ’68, most likely, where the last one left off. Joan? She’s very old-fashioned, in the storm of the late sixties. She might sport some short hair later on, in the seventies, but style-wise, she’s going to be caught between a rock and a hard place at this time. A lot of people are — and the men are even worse (those sideburns are just the tip of the iceberg).

      • Chaiaiai

        Oh interesting!  For some reason, I always think Vidal bob = 1969.  NO idea where that mis-factoid came from!  Thanks for the info!

        •  Vidal designed Leonard Nimoy’s haircut for Mr. Spock too! (and that was in 1966)

      • AZU403

        If anything, Joan would go for short hair but sprayed tight.

  • VictoriaDiNardo

    Sally has a real Trisha-Nixon-The-White-House-Years thing going on there!

  • MRC210

    Look at Kieran!  So grown-up.

  • Mazenderan

    Joan is looking very Elizabeth Taylor – just as you predicted.

    Yay!  Betty!

    Love the shot of Peggy on the stairs

    Megan’s look is so heavily made-up! Did the shiny scrubbed face and centre-parting hippy look run alongside this, or afterwards?

    • Dot

       Megan’s look is reminding me a little of Jane in these photos. Hmm…

      • Mazenderan

         Definitely.  The pampered second wife – looking a little old before her time because she’s so expensively dressed.

  • formerlyAnon

     What the hell have they dressed our Joanie in??

    Get those other people out of the foreground and turn up the lights a bit. I want a better look.

    • I know – it’s kind of vajazzled, isn’t it?

      • formerlyAnon

         I’m guessing the reference is Cleopatra-on-the-barge. But I’m not sure I like it.

      • MK03

        Oh my, I hope not. 

  • mommyca

    OMG these pictures are so awesome!!!!! I couldn’t find them on the AMC site though… Thanks for posting them!! 

  • I’m so excited to see what’s going to happen next!


  • michelle shields

    Something to look forward to! Spring doesn’t seem that far off after all.

  • Amy


  • GretaChristina

    Yaaaaay! So happy. Best thing on TV. And Megan Draper from last season is my total fashion icon. Very curious where she’s going to go with that.

    Oh, and am I the only one who still sometimes has a hard time seeing Pete Campbell as anyone other than Conner?

  • MK03

    LOVE the first pic. All the women in Don’s life, and he’s not connected to a single one of them.

  • crash1212

    CAN’T WAIT! Love the way Don is looking at Peggy on the stairs. Boy howdy, that’s one ugly dress Joan’s sportin’.

  • Can. Not. Wait. And Pete’s got sideburns! Megan looks so late 60s in that first shot. Great styling, including the hair.


  • These photos are so telling of the show’s themes. Amazing.

  • CAN’T. WAIT. 

  • DessertWratt

    Sally looks like she’s really angry at being forced to wear gloves. Or something.
    April 7 is sorta like, two months away. (!!!)

  • Indovina

    I still haven’t seen Season 5 yet – and, sadly, I am not even bothered by this fact. Between my chronic disappointment (who loves understatement!) with the general pop cultural reception of the show and my disappointment with Season 4 (after the sheer brilliance of the Season 3 finale, too), I am just no longer in love with the show. Now it comes to Season 6 already and I am uninterested. I feel sad about it, but I am fickle like that with things of such nature.

    Which, for some reason, I felt like mentioning as though someone really needed to know. So, yeah.

    • Care to expound upon this: “my chronic disappointment (who loves understatement!) with the general pop cultural reception of the show”?

      I may be projecting my own feelings on your statement, but as much as I love MM, I am annoyed with how it’s frequently boiled down to “sex, scandal, pretty dresses, dapper suits, and workday martinis” and that it gets a huge pass on how it deals with race and people of color in the 60s (and how it paints a shallow, simplistic, yet main character-absolving view of POC pre-1968). Is this where your mind is about the show?

      • Indovina

        I’m not sure whether I can expound on it without writing an essay about it, but absolutely:

        The show’s pop cultural reduction to “sex, scandal, pretty dresses, dapper suits, and workday martinis” is exactly the problem. The audience in general, and there are definite exceptions, seem to be taken in by the glossy exterior, even when they recognize the serious issues being presented – intelligent, thoughtful people are sometimes reduced to “Yes, I’m being shallow about it, but at least I know that” (not good enough, by the way).

        You are absolutely right that, of all of the social issues which so define the 60s, Mad Men deals with race the poorest. In fact, barely addresses it at all, and only addresses it as though people of color were acted upon, rather than actors. It’s decidedly rather conspicuous that the show has dealt in depth with women’s experiences, with Jewish experiences, with gay and lesbian experiences – showcasing the perspectives of those directly affected – yet hasn’t really addressed people of color except through white people. So, the time the show dealt most with race in America in the 60s, the storyline was really about a white guy and how he was such a pseudo-radical poseur. And, you are again right, it is given a pass on this by most of the audience. The show is, basically, by and for white center left people. The sort of people who think this is a post-racial, post-feminist society. The sort of people who make up the bulk of mainstream pop cultural commentary. The sort of people who would defend its general failure to address racial issues with “Well, it’s about what was a white world at the time” (because, again, people of color were acted upon not actors). The omnipresent whiteness of Mad Men, in terms of the show itself and the cultural phenomenon surrounding it, creates a feedback loop.

        And that isn’t the only problem, and worse, the writers don’t know how to handle any of the problems which criticisms bring to light. When the show is criticized for glamorizing the era, the response is to ham-handedly show the flaws and the dark side (see Don’s drinking and womanizing for most of S4). It’s criticized for not dealing with race, so it does so in ways that scream token black character. Furthermore, it is inconsistent and almost self-defeating at times – yes, to really illustrate the point, it shows the negative consequences of people’s behavior, but it also shows a lot more of that behavior, and more explicitly.

        Issues with which the show does deal rather responsibly (certainly by comparison to what else is on TV) don’t escape this fate, either. Mad Men addresses social changes affecting women across the 60s perhaps better than any other show (ever). This does not necessarily filter down.

        Why, for example, has Joan become perhaps the single most iconic of the show’s characters in pop culture? Is it because she’s a complex, nuanced character whose personality traits, both positive and negative, give her depth? Because she is an intelligent, driven woman whose flaws and choices both make and unmake her in her search for the life she wants? Because she is a study in how, even in a patriarchal system, women are active participants in society? Because she is both exploited by an unfair system and exploits that same system to see her own wants and needs fulfilled? Oh, right. She absolutely is all of those things, but – no. It’s because she has huge breasts and sashays around like a female drag queen. She’s a study in the construction of feminine identity in a male-dominated society and people love her for her constructed feminine identity.

        At risk of sounding a little bit fawning over our hosts here, there is something fundamentally wrong with the fact that TLo’s Mad Style posts – which are literally about “pretty dresses, dapper suits” – deal with the social issues of the show’s era more responsibly than a lot of analyses of the show overall and sometimes than the show itself.

        So, you know, as I said, I’m chronically disappointed.

        P.S. This is the short version. Sorry.

        • Ha! I agree with all you’ve stated, so short or long, I would still read it all with an Orson Wells-in-Citizen Kane clap.

  • Love it! I’m really pumped … not only does “Mad Men” come back on April 7, but the weekend before, both “Doctor Who” and “Game of Thrones” return!!! I just might make it through this winter after all!!!

  • primetimemom

    Christina looks like she’s either had a boom reduction or has lost a lot of weight.

    • tereliz

      Or she is wearing properly supportive undergarments to fir into Joanie’s silhouette. 

  • I’m so excited to follow these posts in real time! I just started reading TLo last year, when I was directed here by a tv critic who loves the fashion recaps.

  • Esz

    YAY! So much excitement! I can’t wait to see what John Hamm’s episode is going to be like!

  • TAT93

    Finally!!! MAD MEN is pure genius, definite a classic. But I’m a little sad as well because I remember Weiner said in many interviews that season 6 would be the final chapter…Hope he changes his mind though… 

  • RzYoung

    Ugh, i haven’t even seen series 5 yet 🙁 I hate being too poor for Sky 

    ps i love how they’re aging Pete!

  • Aurumgirl

    Yay!  More than the show, which I love, I’m waiting for the wardrobe essays (because I love those even more!)

  • decormaven

    These photos are giving me life! Looks like Don is getting the Corleone treatment in the first photo. The women’s hair styles are spot-on. April 7 can’t come soon enough, in my book. 

  • Ozski

    Boy, time has not been kind to poor Pete. Love how authentically ’68 they all look, esp. Megan. I wonder who will be the first character to sport a full beard? Also, my wish is to see a more liberated Sal coming back with scarf and sideburns, a la late 60’s Paul Lynde!

    • putonabus

      I think I saw a bearded Stan Rizzo in a pic from shooting a while back. To my total delight.

    • I would so love it if Sal came back, even if just for a cameo.

  • captrenault

    So glad Bertram isn’t dead.

  • suzq

    Robert Morse looks GREAT!  Could he be past some of his health problems?

  • Imasewsure

    I hope these are stills from an actual episode because it would be interesting to know what kind of event brings Don’s work buddies, current wife, ex-wife and kids together? The costumes should be really fun this season too since we ALL looked ridiculous in the late 60’s and early 70’s!!

    • formerlyAnon

      *I* looked ridiculous in the early ’80s, thank-you! In the early ’70s I think I looked pretty cute.

      Um, well . . . most of the time. There *were* those red, white and blue (vertically red & white striped, with blue stars in the white stripes) bell bottoms . . .

  • BPlease

    Hot damn, Megan looks amazing.

    I’m sad as ever to see Harry Crane in the bottom photo.  I guess I was subconsciously rooting for him to OD on something, get caught in flagrante and then shot dead by his wife, or to have otherwise met his end.  

  • Yay! I was just thinking the other day, when the hell is Mad Men coming back??? Love the pictures!

  • altermyego

    Could this be the year the Sal comes back?

  • TheDivineMissAnn

    ~~~~~Happy Dance~~~~

  • shelley514

    Can’t wait!!!

  • tereliz

    Check out the Liz Taylor hair on Megan. I wonder if her earrings have always brought her luck or if Don bought them after he cheated on her with that blonde at the bar… 


    But oh Margaret, can’t you enjoy yourself at a party?

  • How is Bert Cooper still alive? Isn’t he like 100 now?

  • WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT TILL APRIL!? *whines* Love these photos… all the tuxes!

  • BrightsideSusan

    Looking forward to it being back – but were the photos supposed to make everyone look bad?

  • librarygrrl64

    I LOVE these pics, but that dress isn’t the best choice for Christina’s gorgeous figure.

  • pajmahal

    Ten bucks says that Harry Crane has grown a dumb little John Lennon mustache by 1968.

  • 3hares

    I have a sort of serious question about the sideburns. One that maybe T&L, knowing fashion, can answer or have some thoughts on. I’ve been completely amused in the reactions to Pete’s sideburns-and had the same reactions myself. But sometimes I wonder if, as a modern person, I’ve lost the ability to understand that non-ironic sideburns? I tend to associate sideburns–when they’re not hipster ones worn ironically in 2013–with waterbeds and hot tops and orgies, and 70s guys whose sexuality can only be an Anchorman type joke. Like the pornstache. (Though I find sideburns much easier to take than mustaches. I swear I remember being confused by them as a small child, finally puzzling out they were facial hair rather than hair hair.)

    But I was watching Mary Tyler Moore recently and, you know, Murray (in the 70s) has sideburns and he’s as far away from a poseur douche ladies man fashion victim as possible. 

    So I’ll probably have to wait and see the show to see how to take it (the idea of watching Pete hit on women for a season already makes my skin crawl a bit, I admit), but I wondered if it was more going to say something about the times. Ken looks mostly how he did in 1960 (not just in terms of his not going under the razor like VK–I kind of resent not getting to see the sideburns with the full head of hair), as do mostly Don and Roger. Pete, originally chosen because Don noticed he spotted trends, looks like 1972. Are they representing a cultural divide there, with same-age Ken being old school accounts (and handling Dow Chemical who makes Napalm) while Pete chases hipper clients? Doing stodgy accounts version of counter culture and Stan’s beard? Maybe a mixture of both, laughed at by Don and Roger but taken differently elsewhere? Pete grasping at straws to overcompensate for the receding hairline because his barber told him they were distracting? 

  • jennsilentcrow

    Not to be annoying, But i think this spread could have been done better. It doesnt feel inspired-retro to me, and I just think the photos are really sub par. 

  • Don Hackett

    is that betty in the first photo?  she’s looking a bit like bobbie, don’s reckless mistress whom he assaulted in the restaurant.

    —–insights from sleah in norcal.