'Mad Men' ends an era, asking 'Is that all there is?'

Mon Mar 30, 2015 2:11pm EDT
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By Jill Serjeant

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Don Draper's gray business suit and trademark fedora have found a home in the Smithsonian Museum of American History, and the Sixties are drawing to a close.

It's the end of an era for "Mad Men," the slow-burning, Emmy award-winning TV series. The AMC cable network show became a pop culture phenomenon and inspired a revival of the fashion and decor of a tumultuous decade.

Eight years after it arrived on U.S. television, the tale of troubled advertising genius Draper and the men and women around him draws to a close on April 5 with Part 2 of the seventh and final season.

The show's creator Matthew Weiner says the season's title, "The End of an Era," is designed to entice, in more ways than one.

"I was interested by the irony that the period is ending in the show, and the period is ending that the show was on," Weiner told Reuters.

"With all the clichés about the turbulent Sixties and all the changes that went on, part of the message of the show was that the characters' lives are very similar to what yours are. They have the same problems, no matter what is going on historically," he said.

And there are problems aplenty for twice-married Draper (Jon Hamm), his mousy one-time secretary turned executive Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss) and sassy divorcee Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks).


"Mad Men" stars (L-R) John Slattery, Christina Hendricks and Jon Hamm along with series creator Matthew Weiner (R) stand behind props from the show during a donation ceremony at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History in Washington March 27, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque