Mad Men 1960s Timeline

The end of an era is looming. It’s approaching the end of the 60s for Don Draper and the people of Sterling Cooper & Partners and it’s nearing the end of one of the finest runs in television history for fans of Mad Men. Its seventh and final season starts Sunday April 13th on AMC.

Since it’s the middle of the day and I’ve consumed zero martinis and because we can’t help but chart every little thing here at SmartDraw, I thought it would be fun to use a timeline to look back at some of the more memorable episodes of this outstanding show, which not surprisingly coincide with some of the most important events of the 1960s.

Some of these events were so momentous that nearly everyone in the world was affected by them and this was reflected in the lives of the characters of Mad Men. Other times, these events served as a subtle backdrop to the main storylines, infusing them with an underlying sense of dread or uncertainty – a reason to retreat into the arms of a mistress or an excuse to have one more drink.

Before each season, fans have enjoyed pondering how these moments in history would affect their favorite characters. And the end of the 1960s should provide many more opportunities for drama and great storytelling. It will be sad to see it go, but Mad Men is bound to make great TV history one last time.

(UPDATE: Go here to view a final historical timeline for all seven seasons of the show).


5 Responses to “Mad Men 1960s Timeline”

  1. Alaia April 29, 2015 at 9:22 am #

    As someone slightly obsessed with the Mad Men/historical timeline, I’d love to see your chart updated now that we’re in the final season. Love this show! I’ve been looking for a timeline like this for a while!

    • Josh Ready May 7, 2015 at 10:56 am #

      I’m so glad you like the timeline, Alaia. Thanks for the feedback. I think updating it for the final season is a great idea. Stay tuned!

  2. Mike Warren September 16, 2015 at 1:13 am #

    Your timeline saved me from having to do it myself.

    • RuthJoy Bitner, M.Ed. September 16, 2015 at 9:38 am #

      Dear Mike,
      Thank you for visiting our SmartDraw Blog. We’re happy to hear that you enjoyed our initial Mad Men Timeline. If you’re interested in viewing a more current version go to Mad Men Historical Timeline (Updated).

      Director of Learning & Organizational Development


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