AMC’s perennial Emmy winning series Mad Men returns for its fifth season with a two-hour premiere on March 25, and on Monday the network released a batch of official cast photos for the upcoming run.
As you would expect from a show based on a high-end Madison Avenue advertising firm in the 1960s, the photos are beautifully stylized images with the cast wearing some of the immaculate period clothing that make the series so visually decadent. Surprisingly absent from the photos is the always-present murky cloud of cigarette smoke. But, making an appearance in a few of the shots are some of the most famous Mad Men cast members: glasses of liquor poured from Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce’s seemingly endless storeroom of booze.
Even January Jones’ increasingly unpleasant character Betty
Draper Francis is included, getting a solo photo when neither Elisabeth Moss or Christina Hendricks could say the same.
Personally, I’m kind of a Lane Pryce junkie, so my favorite would have to be the one featuring him looming in the hallway with the flawlessly figured Joan Harris owning the foreground in a sepia-overlayed emerald green dress:
But enough jibber jabber, here are the photos with descriptions underneath. Click photos for larger images, except for poor Pete Campbell who seemed to get the short end of the stick yet again with a smaller photo than the rest.
^ Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell
Photos: Frank Ockenfels 3/AMC