Mad Men premiered on AMC on July 19, 2007. By the time the series finale aired on May 17, 2015, viewers had watched the staff of Sterling Cooper grapple with the entire decade of the '60s and the changes it brought. From fashion to relationships to the Hare Krishna movement, the characters of Mad Men went through some serious transformations.
Just like their characters, the cast of Mad Men aged and changed throughout the series as well. Even the great Jon Hamm couldn't escape the effects - although he does a pretty good job of retaining that swoon-worthy debonair air right until the end of the series. So how did the cast of Mad Men age over the course of the series? These then-and-now photos show it all.
Kiernan Shipka was six when she landed the role of Sally Draper. Sally navigated her parents' divorce, the death of her grandfather, her father's alcoholism, and his wandering eyes with a maturity well beyond her years. As Sally grew up, she grew into a sophisticated young woman with her father's skills and her mother's sharp tongue.
As Elisabeth Moss explained to TV Guide, Peggy, "becomes harder in a lot of ways. She gets her heart broken; she has bitter moments. . . But I hope that she still retains that sense of honesty and positivity and truth. She's earnest. She very much believes in whatever she's saying. I think she still has that despite the fact that she's had some hard knocks."This change is reflected in Peggy's overall style. Her bangs are replaced by a sophisticated sweep and her checkered dresses are replaced by fashion-forward separates and a bad-ass sense of self.
Marten Holden Weiner (Glen Bishop)
From the first season to the very end, Glen Bishop goes from a creepy neighborhood kid to a creepy 18 year old going to war, asking for beers, and trying to hit on Betty. As show creator Matt Weiner (and Marten's father) said of Glen's sideburns, "he didn't grow them for the show. That look has come around. We were, like, 'Hey, Wolverine!' We had to trim them, actually."
Throughout the seasons, Joan used her strengths and smarts to move from Head Secretary to Head of Accounts at Sterling Cooper Draper Price. Her style evolved accordingly, changing from the wiggle dresses of the early '60s to badass bosslady separates. As for Joan's cutting nature, Hendricks explained, "I talked to Matt [Weiner] about it early on. I said, 'oh, she’s so mean, she’s so mean, and he said, 'no, she’s not. She’s trying to help everyone. That’s just how she thinks she’s helping.'”