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The Best Episodes of Mad Men

Every episode of Mad Men ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Mad Men!

Set in 1960-1970 New York, this sexy, stylized and provocative drama follows the lives of the ruthlessly competitive men and women of Madison Avenue advertising.


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The best episode of "Mad Men" is "Shut the Door. Have a Seat", rated 9.7/10 from 5096 user votes. It was directed by Matthew Weiner and written by Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner. "Shut the Door. Have a Seat" aired on 11/8/2009 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The Suitcase".

  • Shut the Door. Have a Seat
    9.7/10 5,096 votes

    #1 - Shut the Door. Have a Seat

    Season 3 Episode 13 - Aired 2009-11-08

    Don has a big meeting with Connie about their future relationship. Betty is the beneficiary of some interesting advice and Pete has a serious sit-down with some clients.

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner

  • The Suitcase
    9.7/10 6,429 votes

    #2 - The Suitcase

    Season 4 Episode 7 - Aired 2010-09-05

    A deadline disrupts Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.

    Director: Jennifer Getzinger

    Writer: Matthew Weiner

  • Waterloo
    9.5/10 3,721 votes

    #3 - Waterloo

    Season 7 Episode 7 - Aired 2014-05-25

    Don receives a troubling letter. A risky venture entails a new future for Peggy. Roger gets an unexpected phone call. Pete butts heads with Cutler.

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Carly Wray, Matthew Weiner

  • The Other Woman
    9.4/10 3,582 votes

    #4 - The Other Woman

    Season 5 Episode 11 - Aired 2012-05-27

    Pete asks Joan to make a personal and moral sacrifice to ensure the company lands the Jaguar account. Don becomes furious after learning of the impact Megan's new profession will have on their life. Feeling unappreciated, Peggy attends lunch with Freddy Rumsen, who encourages her to make a move.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner

  • Commissions and Fees
    9.4/10 3,432 votes

    #5 - Commissions and Fees

    Season 5 Episode 12 - Aired 2012-06-03

    Lane's shameful secret comes to the surface with dire consequences. Don recaptures his hunger for success, and Sally experiences a major milestone.

    Director: Christopher Manley

    Writer: André Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton

  • Person to Person
    9.3/10 4,738 votes

    #6 - Person to Person

    Season 7 Episode 14 - Aired 2015-05-17

    The stories of Don Draper, his family and his co-workers at Sterling Cooper & Partners conclude.

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Matthew Weiner

  • The Gypsy and the Hobo
    9.2/10 3,272 votes

    #7 - The Gypsy and the Hobo

    Season 3 Episode 11 - Aired 2009-10-25

    A former client makes a return; Betty and her kids go on a trip; and Joan and Greg make plans for their future.

    Director: Jennifer Getzinger

    Writer: Cathryn Humphris, Marti Noxon, Matthew Weiner

  • Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency
    9.1/10 3,321 votes

    #8 - Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency

    Season 3 Episode 6 - Aired 2009-09-20

    Sterling Cooper receives a surprise visitor; Sally has been spooked by something (or someone); and Joan receives some shocking news.

    Director: Lesli Linka Glatter

    Writer: Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner

  • Far Away Places
    9.1/10 3,374 votes

    #9 - Far Away Places

    Season 5 Episode 6 - Aired 2012-04-22

    Peggy has a tough time during a particularly formidable pitch. Don calls on a potential client. Roger and Jane have an experience with LSD.

    Director: Scott Hornbacher

    Writer: Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner

  • In Care Of
    9.1/10 2,785 votes

    #10 - In Care Of

    Season 6 Episode 13 - Aired 2013-06-23

    With his personal and professional life crumbling around him, Don positions himself for a change of scenery. Meanwhile, Pete's life is falling apart as well, thanks to the meddling of Bob Benson.

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Carly Wray, Matthew Weiner

  • The Milk and Honey Route
    9.1/10 2,829 votes

    #11 - The Milk and Honey Route

    Season 7 Episode 13 - Aired 2015-05-10

    Don has trouble sleeping. Pete is blindsided by a difficult friend. Facing a new challenge, Henry arranges a family reunion.

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Carly Wray, Matthew Weiner

  • Nixon vs. Kennedy
    9.0/10 3,699 votes

    #12 - Nixon vs. Kennedy

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 2007-10-11

    On election night, the Sterling Cooper staff pulls a rowdy all-nighter while watching the returns. Pete's ambitions cause him to directly challenge Don. Don remembers his past as a soldier in the Korean War.

    Director: Alan Taylor

    Writer: Lisa Albert, André Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton

  • The Wheel
    9.0/10 3,915 votes

    #13 - The Wheel

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 2007-10-18

    As Thanksgiving approaches, Don's work responsibilities interfere with his domestic life. Peggy is given a new opportunity, provoking the ire of some of her colleagues. Betty makes a startling discovery.

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Robin Veith, Matthew Weiner

  • Tomorrowland
    9.0/10 2,830 votes

    #14 - Tomorrowland

    Season 4 Episode 13 - Aired 2010-10-17

    Don and Peggy are faced with life-altering decisions

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Jonathan Igla, Matthew Weiner

  • Signal 30
    9.0/10 3,089 votes

    #15 - Signal 30

    Season 5 Episode 5 - Aired 2012-04-15

    Lane attempts to land an account with Jaguar Cars, leading to a altercation with Pete. Pete and Trudy host a dinner party in the suburbs.

    Director: John Slattery

    Writer: Frank Pierson, Matthew Weiner

  • Lost Horizon
    9.0/10 2,608 votes

    #16 - Lost Horizon

    Season 7 Episode 12 - Aired 2015-05-03

    Don receives a reward for his work. Joan butts heads with her co-worker on an account. Faced with a big decision, Roger dodges.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Semi Chellas, Matthew Weiner

  • Meditations in an Emergency
    8.9/10 2,981 votes

    #17 - Meditations in an Emergency

    Season 2 Episode 13 - Aired 2008-10-26

    The office scrambles without Don; Betty learns some disconcerting news.

    Director: Matthew Weiner

    Writer: Kater Gordon, Matthew Weiner

  • The Grown-Ups
    8.9/10 2,798 votes

    #18 - The Grown-Ups

    Season 3 Episode 12 - Aired 2009-11-01

    Peggy's taste in men proves questionable. Pete has to make a big decision about his career and a candidate makes a big impression on Don.

    Director: Barbet Schroeder

    Writer: Brett Johnson, Matthew Weiner

  • The Strategy
    8.9/10 2,618 votes

    #19 - The Strategy

    Season 7 Episode 6 - Aired 2014-05-18

    Peggy determinedly collects research for a pitch. Pete is invited to join an exclusive club. Joan looks forward to spending time with her friend.

    Director: Phil Abraham

    Writer: Semi Chellas

  • Time & Life
    8.9/10 2,415 votes

    #20 - Time & Life

    Season 7 Episode 11 - Aired 2015-04-26

    Don comes up with a big idea, Roger asks Joan to help him fix a clerical error and Peggy has difficulties casting for a commercial.

    Director: Jared Harris

    Writer: Erin Levy, Matthew Weiner

  • The Beautiful Girls
    8.8/10 2,640 votes

    #21 - The Beautiful Girls

    Season 4 Episode 9 - Aired 2010-09-19

    Peggy is forced to face some unpleasant facts about a client's discriminatory business practices. Don and Faye's burgeoning relationship is tested when Sally runs away from home and turns up at the office. Roger tries to rekindle his affair with Joan.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: Dahvi Waller, Matthew Weiner

  • Blowing Smoke
    8.8/10 2,444 votes

    #22 - Blowing Smoke

    Season 4 Episode 12 - Aired 2010-10-10

    In the midst of a crisis, Don runs into an old friend.

    Director: John Slattery

    Writer: André Jacquemetton, Maria Jacquemetton

  • For Immediate Release
    8.8/10 2,668 votes

    #23 - For Immediate Release

    Season 6 Episode 6 - Aired 2013-05-05

    As the firm prepares to go public, Don and Pete's actions cause them to lose two huge clients. However, Roger uses a new connection to put them in position to gain their biggest client ever.

    Director: Jennifer Getzinger

    Writer: Matthew Weiner

  • Hands and Knees
    8.7/10 2,397 votes

    #24 - Hands and Knees

    Season 4 Episode 10 - Aired 2010-09-26

    An unannounced visitor at the Francis home rattles Betty.

    Director: Lynn Shelton

    Writer: Jonathan Abrahams, Matthew Weiner

  • At the Codfish Ball
    8.7/10 2,558 votes

    #25 - At the Codfish Ball

    Season 5 Episode 7 - Aired 2012-04-29

    Don is honored at a banquet for the American Cancer Society, but finds his professional reputation has been damaged. Sally lends a hand to a relative. Megan's parents come to visit from Canada.

    Director: Michael Uppendahl

    Writer: Jonathan Igla