'Mad Men' done after six seasons? Not so fast...

mad-men-season-3Image Credit: AMCIs the end in sight for Mad Men? That’s the rumor today, swirling after Matt Weiner apparently told members of the National Association of Broadcasters that he couldn’t see the show going past a sixth season. (The fourth season is supposed to start airing this summer.) Except that’s not exactly what AMC says. According to Mad Men‘s home:

“No one wants to see Don Draper wearing a leisure suit. We trust Matthew’s vision and that he knows where to take the show. But with that said, M*A*S*H figured how to stretch the Korean War for more than a decade, so stay tuned!”

Oh, snap! A healthy six seasons could be a long enough run for Mad Men, but who knows what we’ll all be saying two years from now? I wouldn’t be at all surprised to see it go longer — the third season ended at the end of 1963, which means there’s plenty of ’60s goodness left to be milked. (Weiner’s rep has yet to respond to EW’s calls.)

Quality not quantity, right, PopWatchers? Do you think specific ends in sight help or hurt shows?

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  • paige

    every show should only be 6 seasons

    • Reese


      • Hiro Kitty

        No. Firefly should have been 8.

    • Jim

      That is a great idea! I hate seeing shows that I love continue for so long that I lose interest. Six is just enough for me.

      • Sam

        I don’t think it’s a good idea to limit the show to six season so early. The 4 season just started production on the 12th. It’s too early to say if 6 seasons would be a good ending or not. I personally think there is nothing as good as it on tv right now and hope it goes on forever.

    • Ceballos

      That sounds just about right.

  • Johnification

    Reminding people of later seasons of M*A*S*H doesn’t exactly inspire confidence, AMC. I’m with Weiner on whenever he decides to end it.

  • Cassandra H

    I just started watching and absolutely love the show. I don’t think I could say no to more of Don Draper :)

  • claytron5000

    I think it would be a great idea for shows of such high quality to have a limited run. It gives the actors, the writers, producers and the fans something to build toward. It makes each installment of serialized shows that much more important.

    • MG

      I agree! I think for them to have an end in sight, even if it is 3 years away, allows for them to figure out the storyline exactly, and where they want it to go. That’s what they did for Lost, and everyone seems happy with it. Mad Men would do well if the producers had an end in sight, I think. It’s a fantastic show, and with some kind of deadline it will be even better!

  • graeme

    We are panicking that there is only 3 seasons left? That the show is halfway over? That seems about right to me.

  • Gregoire

    Yes, lets get to that sixth season before panicking about anything.

  • Nala

    Why would he start wearing leisure suits? It’s such a cliche that everyone dressed like that in the 70s’. He is conservative east coaster, and can dress like one.

    • Tomm

      If so, he would be wearing wide ties and green suits as most aging rat packers did by ’74

  • Danielle

    I’d rather that shows had a projected length. So often things are left undone because a show wasn’t planning to end and it got cancelled.
    Plus, I’d rather a show end while it’s still good. I expect Mad Men will continue to be amazing, but still.

  • gusteaux

    Yes, it should end long before the era of Liesure suits and Disco…but those came in the middle and late 70’s. Surely the show can go up to that point. I’d love to see Don and the gang deal with Vietnam, the Womens Movement, The British Invasion, etc.

  • Tomm

    Don’s generation was so the leisure suit and white shoe/belt crowd. By the late 60s, the thin ties and left over 50’s style were in the trash bin.

    The whole point of the show is to portray the changes of the 1960’s and that it didn’t last as long as some think.


      Before we worry about leisure suits and white patent leather belts and shoes, we have to get through the Nehru jackets and love beads.

  • Tomm

    Oh, disco wasn’t as dominant in the 70’s as pop culture buffs think. Actually what is now called ‘classic rock’ and true R&B/Soul music was dominant. Disco was a big fad for newly rich white baby boomers.

  • Lars

    I’ve totally become a fan of shows with definitive end dates. Look at LOST. Fabulously done to pick a timeline and go with it. LOST fans will be crying for more but so grateful for the time they had.

    Look at Sex & The City (when it was a series). Left while it was on top and was so beloved the world over that Movie #1 was wildly successful and there’s no reason to think all those lady fans won’t flock to the big screens again for Movie #2.

    It PAYS to leave fans wanting more.

  • terry

    Plus, I really can’t see Hamm going for longer than that, especially if Weiner leaves. Hamm is starting to get some film offers, I know he’s in the new Ben Affleck film(don’t remember the name , but I read the book it’s based on, The Prince of Theiver, could be a really good flick).

  • LauraBC

    That’s actually pretty good — I didn’t expect it to run 6+.

  • anonymous

    “every show should only be 6 seasons”.

    I agree. At least when it comes to shows like Mad Men. Some sitcoms and procedurals can get away with longer but shows like Mad Men are generally better off ending after 5 or 6 seasons.

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