What's the verdict on 'Mad Men's' premiere?
April 8th, 2013
11:15 AM ET

What's the verdict on 'Mad Men's' premiere?

[Note: This post may contain spoilers to the season six premiere of AMC's "Mad Men."]

In Sunday's return of "Mad Men," we see that Don Draper (Jon Hamm) hasn't changed - not even to grow some clearly en vogue sideburns, a la Pete Campbell. (Quipped Slate, "it's like he went to bed Charles Grodin and woke up Bert Reynolds.")

Welcome, "Mad Men" fans, to 1968.

But as the New Year rushed in, something that ordinarily signals the promise of a new beginning, we were ruminating on endings. Death loomed large over the two-hour sixth season premiere, from the actual demise of Roger Sterling's mother to the metaphorical image of death others see in an ad Don worked on for a luxury hotel in Hawaii. Even Don's untouchable creativity seemed to suffer.

"No matter how many times Don lights the same cigarette, the decade is ripening around him," observed Time magazine. "Don is still virile and dominating, but there’s more than ever the sense that he and we are feeling his age."

Yet he's still, as Esquire notes, very much alive - as are some of his old habits. He leads us into the episode with a little Dante's "Inferno," and spends the majority of the episode "brooding ... about the fact that some day he, too, will die."

It seems before that day comes, Don is content to continue on the path he's set in prior seasons, as he stepped out on his new wife, Megan, just as he did when he was married to Betty.

TVLine cutely alluded to Don's infidelity with the headline "Don, Ho," but the New York Times pointed out that we shouldn't be surprised.

"We know who Don is by now, and where he is most likely headed," the Times said. Instead, "it’s the women in his life who keep us guessing."

Indeed, Elisabeth Moss' Peggy Olson wielded her power at her new office, and little Sally Draper isn't so little anymore. Her mother, Betty, joined in the parade of new hairstyles, dying hers a dark brunette hue.

Yet even with the gloom that lingered over the two hours, The Hollywood Reporter notes how invigorating Matthew Weiner's writing is.

"'The Doorway' is a beautiful episode and moves with ease throughout, managing to stare down the big existential issues and surprise viewers with new twists as well. It’s difficult to write overtly about death when it’s more of an abstract than a reality, but Weiner does a brilliant job here," THR says in its review. "Based on that – and there are many more death references – season six should really be special."

What did you think of "Mad Men's" premiere?

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  1. Darnell Pashia

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    November 26, 2013 at 11:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Jacinta

    I too was looking at the clock about 30 minutes into the show. For the first time I wasn't imgrossed. I was planing on watching Game of Thrones afterwards, but changed half way through missing the second half of Mad Men. Boring. And Don Draper not speaking for the first 15 minutes just shows how arrogant he is. It's getting old. And oh good, we are delving in to the "who is Don Draper" plot again.... yawn.

    April 12, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. rigged let us too toshiba....


    April 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  4. 3 turds...think they are these women...

    you know the filthy 1 right?

    April 10, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  5. california

    even lindsey lohan can't do that.....

    April 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm | Report abuse |
  6. tot movie

    she bought the whole script thanks

    April 10, 2013 at 11:54 am | Report abuse |


    April 10, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
  8. Tom Bergeron

    Horribly acted, stereotypical plots, and cliched dialog. I would rather watch myself pooping then see this show again

    April 10, 2013 at 11:48 am | Report abuse |
  9. Bob N. Ferapples

    I've never watched the show – no nudity, from what I'm told, so what's the point?

    April 10, 2013 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  10. Andrew

    I found myself looking at the time about halfway through; it seemed difficult to keep the viewer's attention for two hours, minus lots of commercials.

    Don Draper is hooking up with another women who is not his wife....yawn. Got anything new this season, Mr. Weiner?

    The Draper daughter is turning into a spoiled brat....another tired stereotype.

    We'll see how episode 2 fairs.

    April 10, 2013 at 8:57 am | Report abuse |
  11. tdevinem

    i see.

    April 9, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. Sean Connery

    I didnt have that redheads legs around my neck so the episode couldnt have been that good

    April 9, 2013 at 11:38 am | Report abuse |
  13. Rock

    Puking at wakes is awesome

    April 9, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  14. rigged utah

    the show is strapped in for life

    April 9, 2013 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  15. Tim

    Wow. These comments are a load of unintelligible crap. I think it's time to upgrade your signin process, CNN.

    As for the episode, I enjoyed it. It's always hard with a new season, as I think they all start slow and take their time establishing a sense of time and place. This episode really took its time, but by the end I was really excited for this season.

    April 9, 2013 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  16. Mike

    I was left scratching my head. Is there seriously nothing more to happen in a two hour show?

    April 8, 2013 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Hannah Lebowitz

    Love the show. I think that the premiere sets up a great season. Draper is back to his old ways, and also seems to be questioning life and possibly trying to find himself. I was also happy to see that Peggy still seems to have a pretty big role.

    April 8, 2013 at 10:30 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Lee

    Hated the show .. will not continue to watch. Too confusing, flitting from character to character ... no closure as to what happened the progressed years ... just awful and of course the endless commercials, made the show choppy.

    April 8, 2013 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  19. busybee527

    What's with all the gay comments?? I didn't and don't see any of that–maybe because I lived through the 50s and 60s. I was slightly disappointed as a whole and felt there must have been an episode I missed.

    April 8, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reginald

      I agree. Gay comments are gay. Stop being gay with all the gay comments. That's just gay.

      April 9, 2013 at 10:25 am | Report abuse |
  20. Sarah

    I watched this show the first season but the gay overtones have just gotten to out of hand. The Don Draper character just seems too gay. When he wears the pink suit it is too silly.

    April 8, 2013 at 1:31 pm | Report abuse |
  21. The show failed months ago but now the show appears worse.

    its time for it to retire

    April 8, 2013 at 1:21 pm | Report abuse |
  22. O-Heard Fakes...Seek Pro help its time the cast is a bore


    April 8, 2013 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  23. i have too study later...

    i feel soo bad for her......

    April 8, 2013 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Mike

    Don Draper gay? What show are these idiots watching?

    April 8, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Penny

    I'm sorry. Hope I wasn't a pest. And hope you and everyone are having a happy day.

    April 8, 2013 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Oh Guys--the 2 at the top are

    suppose too be bed and flat...baaaaaaaaaaaawaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    April 8, 2013 at 11:59 am | Report abuse |
  27. Thats why i hate most women....

    most of them are constipated....

    April 8, 2013 at 11:57 am | Report abuse |
  28. Janine? they look just them..hahahahah


    April 8, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  29. Johannes Hosenwurst

    They all look miserable, especially the women. If I didn't know any better, I would think the ladies are suffering from a bad case of sand in the sn@tch.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Sandy Silica-Cootch

      That is no laughing matter, Johannes. Sand in a woman's privates is a leading cause of abrasive infections.

      April 8, 2013 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • if the script were good one could see....but the scripts suck from start too finish

      April 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |

    Learn how too play the game like ton boobs

    April 8, 2013 at 11:51 am | Report abuse |
  31. the picture above are such classy women

    look at them beats filthy actresses who don't even know what they are scripting any longer...

    April 8, 2013 at 11:50 am | Report abuse |
  32. don m. marino

    crappy cast, crappy actors and for sure lousy scripts......show is a redundent mess...out y

    April 8, 2013 at 11:49 am | Report abuse |
  33. Stretch pants big sweaters and flats...

    yea they look just like them.....totally......love don osmond

    April 8, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  34. Surfer

    Those people look like hippies. Dang hippies.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  35. Pedro

    Why are there any Mexicans on this show? I think it's racist.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |


    April 8, 2013 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
    • yea with their filthy hair and stretch pants


      April 8, 2013 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |


    April 8, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  38. Craig

    Gayness abounds on the season premier of Mad Men. Don Drapet jumps from one gay partner to another in this festival of gayness.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |


    April 8, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  40. Observer

    Best show on the air!

    April 8, 2013 at 11:37 am | Report abuse |
  41. Mark

    Don Draper seems to be the gayest character in history. He seems swishy to the tenth degree.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:35 am | Report abuse |
  42. Cast of 3

    tell her too stop doing it...

    April 8, 2013 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  43. Nance

    I watched it. It was miserably bad.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:33 am | Report abuse |
  44. Dave

    Although I've never saw this show I can assure you it is quite terrible. I've seen several of the advertisements and it seems dumb. And gay.

    April 8, 2013 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |

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