For seven seasons, Mad Men was one of the most engrossing shows on television. Set in 1960s New York, the series explored the world of a top advertising firm and one its sharpest creative minds, Don Draper. It was an interesting, exciting and insightful period drama that grew into a television phenomenon.
After Mad Men went off the air, a void was left that few shows could fill. While nothing can quite capture the magic of that show, there are some that fans will likely enjoy. From fellow period pieces to the complicated protagonist, to shared themes of inequality, these are some off the shows you should watch if you like Mad Men.
Suits is a legal drama set in a fast-paced, high-stakes law firm. The show centers around Harvey Specter, the firm's brilliant but reckless top lawyer, and Mike Ross, a young drop-out who conned his way into a job at the firm.
Harvey and Mike feel like they could combine to make a character like Don Draper. Harvey is the arrogant but talented man of business while Mike is the man with a secret to hide. Add to that the high-class professional world of lawyers and it feels a lot like Mad Men.
9 The Sopranos
The Sopranos is the groundbreaking drama about mobster and family man Tony Soprano. The series follows Tony's often violent exploits as he juggles the dangers of his job with the impact his life of crime has on his family. As he struggles with these responsibilities, Tony begins seeing a therapist.
Tony Soprano helped pave the way for complex characters like Don Draper. Don is often not an easy protagonist to root for but he is fascinating to watch. Both shows also explore what it is like to share a life and have a romance with a man like this.
8 Better Call Saul
Though Breaking Bad is one of the most acclaimed shows of all-time, Better Call Saul manages to be a brilliant and worthy spin-off that survives on its own merits. The series follows Saul on his gradual journey from ambitious injury lawyer to criminal fugitive.
Like Don Draper, Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman, is a man making a name for himself in a difficult professional world while hiding a secret that could derail him. The more we explore these deceptive characters, the more fun they are to watch.
Rectify is a small, little-seen drama that nonetheless received great acclaim when it was on the air. The Southern Gothic story centers on Daniel Holden, who is released from prison after being exonerated from a murder decades earlier. Though free, many people, including some of his family, still doubt his innocence.
The quiet, tense, and riveting drama is another series that explores the tortured mind of a man whose past haunts him. Daniel and Don are very different men but they share a similar struggle, which is compelling to experience.
6 The Americans
The Americans is a highly-acclaimed FX drama which was one of the most intense series on television for six seasons. Set during the Cold War, the series followed two Russian spies who infiltrate the US while building a family together.
In this series, the dark secret is shared by husband and wife but is made no easier for them to deal with. The suspense and intrigue of the show are quite different from Mad Men, but the exploration of relationships and secrets is similar.
5 Call The Midwife
This BBC drama is another period piece, taking place in 1950s London. The series follows a young midwife starting her position in the new city and being faced with the life-and-death struggles of the job.
One of the most interesting and well-done aspects of Mad Men is the exploration of a woman's life at this time. Though set in very different worlds, both series explore the difficulties even the most talented and accomplished women faced in this era.
4 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a unique and entertaining period comedy that is going into its third season this year. Set in 1950s New York City, the series follows a housewife who pursues her dreams of being a stand-up comedian.
The time period and New York setting certainly help give the series a distinct Mad Men vibe. Besides that, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel also does a great job depicting the oppressed lives of housewives and women trying to make it in a male-dominated profession.
3 BoJack Horseman
BoJack Horseman is an animated comedy-drama unlike anything you've seen before. The Netflix series follows an anthropomorphic horse who is a washed-up actor living in Hollywood. As he tries to make his comeback, he continues to deal with his many personal demons.
While it might seem strange comparing a character like Don Draper to a cartoon horse, these characters and their journeys are quite similar. They both find varying levels of success but seem unable to stop sabotaging themselves. The shows are very moving looks at self-destruction.
2 Masters Of Sex
Masters of Sex is another period drama also taking place in the 1950s. Based on real events of the Masters and Johnson's research on human sexuality, the series explores the relationship between the two colleagues who conducted that influential research.
Along with the time period, Masters of Sex shares a number of similar themes with Mad Men. Both shows spend much of their time exploring human relationships and their complexities. They also both explore the lives of professional women at the time.
1 Halt And Catch Fire
Halt and Catch Fire is yet another period drama, though very different from any explored on this list so far. This series takes place in the 1980s in Silicon Valley and focuses on a small group who are attempting to build a revolutionary computer system.
Though a very different period, Halt and Catch Fire similarly explore this era and the professional landscape, just as Mad Men so successfully does. It follows determined and obsessive professionals in a fascinating professional world.