Get Talking: Critics Weigh In On ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Finale

“It’s a stretch, but the beauty of the season 6 finale is that it provided closure and opened a new set of possibilities just when the audience was feeling burned out on Don’s tediously bad behavior.” — Joanne Ostrow, Denver Post

Benson“For now this strikes me as Mad Men’s weakest season overall, often lacking the thematic, visual and rhythmic unity of seasons one through five”.  — Matt Zoller Seitz, Vulture

“As it so often has in the past, Mad Men took my expectations and subverted them as it expanded my idea of what the show could do or be. It zigged when I expected it to zag, and that's my favorite Mad Men mode.” — Maureen Ryan, Huffington Post

“If there was a single recurring complaint lodged against this overall excellent season of Mad Men, it was that Don Draper seemed stuck in a rut — which, as ‘In Care Of’ solidifies, was exactly the point.” — Geoff Berkshire, Zap2It

“Finally, a whole season of hitting rock bottom forced Don to do what was best: To face his demons.” — Swati Gauri Sharma, Boston Globe

“Tonight's finale wrapped up what turned out to be a pretty strong season of Mad Men: a step down from the pinnacle of Season 4, perhaps, but a worthy companion to last season, if not a shade better.” — Dave Nemetz, Yahoo! TV

“It’ll be interesting to see where [Don] goes from here, with only one season left before the show pours its final afternoon drink and stubs out its last cigarette.” — Keith Staskiewicz, Entertainment Weekly

“But what Mad Men keeps telling us over and over is that the really scary thing is not coming, because it is already here.” — Willa Paskin, Salon

What did you think of this season?


  1. Nelson_in_SJ says

    Amazing season. I thought it did start off rocky, and was doing stuff on the nose a bit, but it definitely made a sharp turn after about 1/2 way through the season. It ended really strong with some amazing character work and unexpected moments. I think the last two episodes of the season, especially, have been sooo entertaining, rich, and satisfying.

  2. Charles D says

    Bob’s short-shorts or bathing suit or whatever they are made the whole season worthwhile. Bob ‘Bunson’ as Roger calls him has to be the most intriguing character on prime-time. I actually thought the penultimate episode where Pete totally lost it was better, but maybe now that Don has really hit bottom he’ll have a redemptory season next year. I got a little tired of his hideous behavior too.

  3. Sam says

    SPOILER ALERT for those who haven’t seen it yet: but does anyone know why at the end of the show Pete said to Trudy that he was going to California? Did I miss something?

  4. AriesMatt says

    I am under the impression that Mad Men is going for 8 seasons. Thought I read that somewhere a few months back (before this season started).

  5. Rosie says

    What in the hell happened to Dawn? After “To Have and to Hold”, I thought Weiner would engage in some exploration of her character. Instead, he shoved her back into the background for the rest of the season . . . and dumped the questionable “Aunt Ida” on viewers for one episode. Was this Weiner’s idea of exploring race? Or is he only comfortable in dealing with gender, class and sexual orientation issues?

    What a coward!

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