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This is just straight-up reference material, and I’ve linked it in our Bible pages. This was originally posted at the beginning of Season 7, but now it’s fully updated for the entire series, including the split between seasons 7.1 and 7.2. At the beginning of every season someone always asked about intervals between seasons, and writers often get them wrong, so it was worth collating. Here are the intervals between every Mad Men season, and the length of every Mad Men season, as well as beginning and end dates.

Intervals

Season 1/2
Season 1 ended November 23, 1960
Season 2 began February 14, 1962
14 1/2 months

Season 2/3
Season 2 ended October 26, 1962
Season 3 began April 1963
6 months

Season 3/4
Season 3 ended December 16, 1963
Season 4 began November 20, 1964
11 months

Season 4/5
Season 4 ended October 12, 1965
Season 5 began May 27, 1966
7 1/2 months

Season 5/6
Season 5 ended late March or early April 1967
Season 6 began mid-December 1967
8 1/2 months

Season 6/7.1
Season 6 ended November 28, 1968
Season 7.1 began January 17, 1969
2 months

Season 7.1/7.2
Season 7.1 ended July 22, 1969
Season 7.2 began April 27, 1970
9 months

Length of Seasons

Season 1: March 1960 through November 23, 1960
10 months

Season 2: February 14, 1962 through October 26, 1962
8 1/2 months

Season 3: April 1963 through December 16, 1963
9 months

Season 4: November 20, 1964 through October 12, 1965
11 months

Season 5
May 27, 1966 through late March or early April 1967
10 months

Season 6
Mid-December 1967 through November 28, 1968
11 1/2 months

Season 7.1
January 17, 1969 through July 22, 1969
6 months

Season 7.2
April 27, 1970 through early November 1970
5 months

(So, Season 7 was 11 months.)

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  5 Responses to “Mad Men Seasons: Length and Intervals Between Seasons”

  1. The first episode was such a disappointment. I love the series, collect the series and am at peace with the time invested but my love is waning. With only 13 episodes left I must ask – Why is Weiner holding back? The story has become pedestrian and ordinary. There has been a loss of elegance that will be difficult to reclaim. With the exception of Don’s inevitable arrest for desertion, what is driving the (paltry) 2.2 million viewers to AMC each Sunday? The remaining story lines, while interesting, are not groundbreaking and certainly not intriguing enough to merit high praise or consideration as ‘must watch TV’. Remember when we hosted Mad Men parties, bought Old Fashioned fixins and acted like fanboys? I hope I’m wrong and Mad Men crushes it during the final 13 episodes…but with such a flat opening, my expectations are low.

  2. I thought 7.1 was excellent and in no way “pedestrian” or “ordinary.” But back to the time line: I believe S7opened specifically on Jan. 17, 1969 — the Friday before Nixon’s inauguration on Monday, Jan. 20.

  3. Though Matt said that the reason for the two moths was that there was so much left hanging, I can’t help but feel that is really because he doesn’t want this show to touch 1970. I think the series will end up in December 1969.

    • I know it’s a tad cheesy/cliche, but part of me is hoping that the series finale would be New Year’s Eve 1969 into 1970.

  4. Since pre launch interviews in 2007 Matt Weiner has made it clear that Mad Men will end before 1970. Of course then MW had no assurance that Mad Men would have a Season 2 and her knew that Season 1 ended in late 1960.

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