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    All 90 Episodes Of "Mad Men" Ranked, From Good To Perfect

    How'd you like that series finale?

    The Mad Men series finale was polarizing, with its wild tonal swings, its too-pat closure of some stories, the disappearance of Don as an active participant in his life, and its seemingly ambiguous ending — until you realize that it's not ambiguous at all, at which point it might seem too cute. To have an ending that some people will worship, and others will hate feels right for Mad Men, a historically important show that was never a mass hit, unlike its AMC brethren The Walking Dead or, as the years went on, Breaking Bad.

    No one knew Matthew Weiner's Mad Men was going to change television forever when it premiered on AMC on July 19, 2007. For the TV business, the quality of dramas on basic cable was about to hit its apex, and Mad Men would soon start collecting the Emmys to prove it. For fans, Mad Men's visual beauty, its attention to history, and its rigorous narrative complexities were their own rewards. Of course, it was never the most fun show of television's second Golden Age. And there are plenty of people who loved Mad Men's beginnings more than its later developments — those who watched it for period kitsch or jokes about how kids used to put dry cleaning bags on their heads would soon be disappointed, as Weiner drilled down into his characters and story and began to veer from gimmicks.

    If you watched Mad Men for seven seasons, then you may think, like I do, that there were no bad episodes. So to rank them is an exercise in the relativity of excellence; an excuse to rewatch them in a compressed period of time (as opposed to the years over which I had originally seen them); a new way for me to see all seven seasons as one whole story with strengths (and sometimes tiny weaknesses) and callbacks; a personal exorcism that evoked laughter and tears; and, as someone said to me recently, something that could be perceived as trolling. It certainly was a show that inspired its fans to know an inordinate number of episode titles: There will be fights.

    However you feel about the finale itself — and, without the benefit of time to add perspective, I am very mixed (see No. 42, where I have slotted it) — Mad Men gave us these people: Don Draper (Jon Hamm), Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser), Joan Harris (formerly Holloway, Christina Hendricks), Betty Francis (formerly Draper, January Jones), Roger Sterling (John Slattery), Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka), Megan Draper (Jessica Paré), and dozens and dozens more. Mad Men's 10-year sweep of a crucial time in American history was told through these characters, and it was both particular and huge: a story about class striving, women, passing, de facto racial segregation, New York City, the call of the West, American ambition — and so on. Mad Men constructed a whole world.

    And it was terribly sad to say good-bye. But as Don Draper would say, we have to move forward. Wait! In the series finale, "Person to Person," someone finally told him that's actually terrible advice. How great was that?

    90. "Mystery Date" (Season 5, Episode 3)

    89. "The Fog" (Season 3, Episode 5)

    88. "New Business" (Season 7, Episode 9)

    87. "Tea Leaves" (Season 5, Episode 2)

    86. "Flight 1" (Season 2, Episode 2)

    85. "Collaborators" (Season 6, Episode 2)

    84. "At the Codfish Ball" (Season 5, Episode 6)

    83. "For Those Who Think Young" (Season 2, Episode 1)

    82. "Love Among the Ruins" (Season 3, Episode 2)

    81. "Seven Twenty Three" (Season 3, Episode 7)

    80. "Souvenir" (Season 3, Episode 8)

    79. "Hands and Knees" (Season 4, Episode 10)

    78. "Chinese Wall" (Season 4, Episode 11)

    77. "To Have and to Hold" (Season 6, Episode 3)

    76. "Babylon" (Season 1, Episode 6)

    75. "Marriage of Figaro" (Season 1, Episode 3)

    74. "My Old Kentucky Home" (Season 3, Episode 3)

    73. "The Inheritance" (Season 2, Episode 10)

    72. "Indian Summer" (Season 1, Episode 11)

    71. "The Chrysanthemum and the Sword" (Season 4, Episode 5)

    70. "The Doorway" (Season 6, Episode 1)

    69. "Time Zones," (Season 7, Episode 1)

    68. "A Tale of Two Cities" (Season 6, Episode 9)

    67. "Long Weekend" (Season 1, Episode 10)

    66. "The Color Blue" (Season 3, Episode 10)

    65. "The Arrangements" (Season 3, Episode 4)

    64. "Man With a Plan" (Season 6, Episode 6)

    63. "Out of Town" (Season 3, Episode 1)

    62. "Three Sundays" (Season 2, Episode 4)

    61. "Waldorf Stories" (Season 4, Episode 6)

    60. "The Runaways" (Season 7, Episode 5)

    59. "The Grown-Ups" (Season 3 Episode 12)

    58. "Dark Shadows" (Season 5, Episode 8)

    57. "The Benefactor" (Season 2, Episode 3)

    56. "A Night to Remember" (Season 2, Episode 8)

    55. "Ladies Room" (Season 1, Episode 2)

    54. "Six-Month Leave" Season 2, Episode 9

    53. "The Gold Violin" (Season 2, Episode 7)

    52. "Wee Small Hours" (Season 3, Episode 9)

    51. "Maidenform" (Season 2, Episode 6)

    50. "5G" (Season 1, Episode 5)

    49. "Shoot" (Season 1, Episode 9)

    48. "Christmas Comes but Once a Year" (Season 4, Episode 2)

    47. "The Rejected" (Season 4, Episode 4)

    46. "Favors" (Season 6, Episode 10)

    45. "Blowing Smoke" (Season 4, Episode 12)

    44. "A Little Kiss" (Season 5, Episode 1)

    43. "Severance" (Season 7, Episode 8)

    42. "Person to Person" (Season 7, Episode 14)

    41. "The Summer Man" (Season 4, Episode 8)

    40. "New Amsterdam" (Season 1, Episode 4)

    39. "The Beautiful Girls" (Season 4, Episode 9)

    38. "Lady Lazarus" (Season 5, Episode 7)

    37. "Commissions and Fees" (Season 5, Episode 11)

    36. "The Better Half" (Season 6, Episode 8)

    35. "Field Trip" (Season 7, Episode 3)

    34. "The Phantom" (Season 5, Episode 12)

    33. "The Flood" (Season 6, Episode 4)

    32. "The Monolith" (Season 7, Episode 4)

    31. "The Mountain King" (Season 2, Episode 12)

    30. "The Hobo Code" (Season 1, Episode 8)

    29. "The Milk and Honey Route" (Season 7, Episode 13)

    28. "Christmas Waltz" (Season 5, Episode 9)

    27. "The Forecast" (Season 7, Episode 10)

    26. "A Day's Work" (Season 7, Episode 2)

    25. "Public Relations" (Season 4, Episode 1)

    24. "The Good News" (Season 4, Episode 3)

    23. "For Immediate Release" (Season 6, Episode 5)

    22. "The Crash" (Season 6, Episode 7)

    21. "Lost Horizon" (Season 7, Episode 12)

    20. "The Jet Set" (Season 2, Episode 11)

    19. "Meditations in an Emergency" (Season 2, Episode 13)

    18. "The Gypsy and the Hobo" (Season 3, Episode 11)

    17. "Tomorrowland" (Season 4, Episode 13)

    16. "Red in the Face" (Season 1, Episode 7)

    15. "Nixon Vs. Kennedy" (Season 1, Episode 12)

    14. "The Quality of Mercy" (Season 6, Episode 11)

    13. "Far Away Places" (Season 5, Episode 5)

    12. "Time & Life" (Season 7, Episode 11)

    11. "The New Girl" (Season 2, Episode 5)

    10. "The Strategy" (Season 7, Episode 6)

    9. "Waterloo" (Season 7, Episode 7)

    8. "Signal 30" (Season 5, Episode 4)

    7. "The Other Woman" (Season 5, Episode 10)

    6. "In Care Of" (Season 6, Episode 12)

    5. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Season 1, Episode 1)

    4. "Guy Walks Into an Advertising Agency" (Season 3, Episode 6)

    3. "The Wheel" (Season 1, Episode 13)

    2. "Shut the Door. Have a Seat." (Season 3, Episode 13)

    1. "The Suitcase" (Season 4, Episode 7)

    Note: Both Season 5 and Season 6 begin with two-hour episodes — "A Little Kiss" in Season 5 and "The Doorway" in Season 6. Those each count as one episode, and therefore Seasons 5 and 6 are 12-episode seasons in this list.

    Trudy and Pete clear the floor doing the Charleston at Roger and Jane's garden party in "My Old Kentucky Home." In "Lost Horizon," the end credits song is "Space Oddity." An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the dance and misstated the name of the song.