So What Year Did This 'Mad Men' Season Start In?
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen Season 6, Episode 1 of AMC's "Mad Men," titled "The Doorway."
After all the speculation and secrecy about what year "Mad Men" Season 6 would pick up in, the two-hour premiere didn't provide any answers ... on the surface. But the series' depiction of a New Years' Eve snowstorm in New York City and mention of a college football game were major clues about the timeline of the new season.
According to The Weather Channel, snow has only fallen at midnight on New Years Eve in New York City seven times throughout recorded history. One of those years was New Years Eve of 1967, when "moderate snow was reported with 2 to 3 inches of snow on the ground."
A reference to the Cotton Bowl helps definitively nail down the "Mad Men" Season 6 start date. James Wolks' new character Bob Benson told Don that he scored tickets to the college bowl game, which featured a matchup of "Crimson Tide vs. Texas A&M." Those teams played each other
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