Mad Men

Mad Men is an American period drama television series created by Matthew Weiner and produced by Lionsgate Television. The series premiered on July 19, 2007, on the cable network AMC. After seven seasons and 92 episodes, Mad Men's final episode aired on May 17, 2015. Mad Men is set primarily in the 1960s – initially at the fictional Sterling Cooper advertising agency on Madison Avenue in New York City; later at the newly created firm, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (later Sterling Cooper & Partners) – located near the Time-Life Building at 1271 Sixth Avenue. According to the pilot episode, the phrase "Mad men" was a slang term coined in the 1950s by advertisers working on Madison Avenue to refer to themselves, a claim that has since been disputed. The plot focuses on the business of the agencies as well as the personal lives of the characters, regularly depicting the changing moods and social mores of the United States in the 1960s. The series begins in March 1960 and ends November 1970 by the conclusion of season seven. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is the focus in the series, initially as the talented creative director at Sterling Cooper and later a founding partner at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, as are the people in his personal and professional lives. Mad Men won critical acclaim for its writing, acting, directing, visual style and historical authenticity; it has won many awards, including 16 Emmys and five Golden Globes. The show was also the first basic cable series to receive the Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series, winning in each of its first four seasons. It is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all-time.

Year:
2007
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[after Don confronts Pryce about forging his signature]

Lane Pryce:
It was a thirteen day loan.

Don Draper:
And then we cancelled the bonuses.

Lane Pryce:
You delayed them and then you cancelled them. And then you wanted the money for Joan, and I'm the one who's committed the crime?

Don Draper:
Are you gambling?

Lane Pryce:
No. I owed taxes on my portfolio, which I liquidated for fifty thousand dollars into this firm after we lost Lucky Strike!

Don Draper:
If you needed it so badly why didn't you ask?

Lane Pryce:
Why suffer the humiliation for a thirteen day loan! That was my money!

Don Draper:
[long pause] I'm going to need your resignation.

Lane Pryce:
Uh, uh... just a moment - I'm sorry, and I am remorseful. I don't know how it came to this. But the company's in ship shape. And I will make good by Easter, even if I have to pull my son out of school...

Don Draper:
You embezzled funds and you forged my signature.

Lane Pryce:
I apologize deeply for involving you. I suppose I picked you because you've always been the most decent to me.

Don Draper:
I'm doing the most decent thing I can possibly do, Lane. I'm letting you resign.

Lane Pryce:
[agitated and emotional] I have never been compensated for my contributions to this company, including my role in its very existence! Who'd've dreamt of the word "Jaguar", hm? I took away nothing from PPL while you lined your pockets, and I have operated on loss for 3 years! [on the verge of tears] Please reconsider...

Don Draper:
I'm sorry... I can't trust you. I'll cover the money that you owe.

Lane Pryce:
[crying] Because $7,500 is nothing to you... Do you know how the rest of us live? And in the end, who's been harmed really, hm?

Don Draper:
Can you imagine if a client found out.

Lane Pryce:
I'll lose my visa... I can't go back to England, not like this. What would I tell my wife? What would I tell my son? [weeps into handkerchief]

Don Draper:
You'll tell him that it didn't work out, because it didn't. You'll tell them the next thing will be better, because it always is. Take the weekend - think of an elegant exit. Cooper doesn't know anything. [stands up]

Lane Pryce:
[gets up and shakes Don's hand] I feel a bit lightheaded.

Don Draper:
That's relief. I've started over a lot, Lane. This is the worst part.

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