Even though in many ways, Mad Men‘s final season has felt like The Long Goodbye (especially given that it was split in two), it’s still difficult to believe this is really it. Mad Men has been such a seminal series in so many ways. It has helped launch many careers, it put AMC on the map, and it has been one of the hallmarks of this Second Golden Age of Television. There have been resurgences in 60s fashions, in retro-oriented TV shows, and a new commitment to “prestige” television. But though there may be many imitators, there is but one Mad Men. Its style, extraordinary actors, and glossy surrealism has truly made it a one-of-a-kind series.
You’ll be seeing lots of Mad Men lists leading up to the finale that try and rank and quantify the show’s past, but we at Collider just wanted to share some of the scenes that have stood out the most to us over the years. Obviously, this is an impossible task — we could all choose 25 scenes and still want to add more. But as we explain under each clip below, these are some of our particular favorites: