While this is arguably the bleakest season for most of the principals in "Mad Men," it comes very close to being the best, as it grabs your attention from the start and ends with a tragedy. I watched each disk all the way through without a break. Whether the pitch is for Heinz Beans, Howard Johnson's or Jaguar, it brings out the best and worst in almost everyone. What an ensemble! And the writing is masterful.
Superb! Here we get a deeper glimpse into Draper's darker side. Though it showed itself in season 4, it seems he needed to be married for it to manifest completely. Every actor here does their best. Their faces fill in the blanks where the shorthand dialogue deliberately masks. Most of the one-liners have double meanings and observations are said to one another as a matter of fact. All the main characters get the 3D treatment. We get to see the behavior for which they are famous for AND the way they behave when they think they're alone. Very few TV shows give us thorough portraits of it's characters. So few actors have ever attempted to portray that much minutae. This is the best television I've seen so far.