Why is Mad Men so alluring? Part of the fascination is that it's a detailed cultural portrait of Manhattan in the years after my father and mother moved there in their 20s. They were Ivy League-educated and attractive and thought they held the world by the tail. My father was a social, jazz-loving, hard-drinking, Kool-smoking man who loved women; my mother was pregnant with me before she graduated from college, and gave birth to my brother three years later. My clueless parents broke up within five years--and decades later, each succumbed to smoking-related cancer. It was the period.
Judging from the photos on the jump, I suspect the show jumps ahead a few years from the end of the last episode.