The final strains of AMC’s “Mad Men” have scarcely faded and already panic has set in: After seven seasons of being held rapt by the machinations of Sterling Cooper & Partners, how will you fill the void? Whatever your reason for watching – the allure of the 1960s, the art of the pitch, the prickly gender relations, the boozy bad behavior or simply the panache of a man in a bespoke suit – we’ve got some ideas for feeding your fix.
For 1960s erotic intrigue
Showtime’s “Masters of Sex,” starring Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan as Dr. William Masters and his collaborator, Virginia Johnson, who sought to demystify arousal during the dark ages before the sexual revolution. He was a brilliant, obsessed and often imperious surgeon determined to make his name by decoding the physiology of pleasure. She was a former nightclub singer and sexually liberated woman with a desire for a career and a deft touch with people. Together they spent thousands of hours researching the arousal stages of subjects wired to monitors during sexual activity. They also had lots of sex with each other. Seasons 1 and 2 are on Showtime Anytime and iTunes. Season 3 begins July 12.
For stoic ‘60s housewives
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“The Astronaut Wives Club,” a new ABC drama. Based on the novel by Lily Koppel, the series ventures inside the kitchens and boudoirs of seven women with iconic last names – Carpenter, Cooper, Glenn, Grissom, Schirra, Shepard and Slayton – who kept their families grounded while their men shot for the stars. Premieres June 18.
Midcentury women under a glass ceiling
“The Hour” harks back to the smoke-filled, whiskey-soaked offices of the British Broadcasting Corp. circa 1956, where sex, ambition and espionage run rampant against the backdrop of the Suez Crisis. Romola Garai plays the producer of a television magazine; Anna Chancellor is the former war correspondent in charge of foreign news. Both bask in the respect of their male peers, until they don’t. Available on Acorn, iTunes, Vudu, Amazon and Google Play.
One woman who crashed through
“The Mary Tyler Moore Show” begins where “Mad Men” ends – in 1970 – when all things felt possible to a single gal in her 30s producing a television show in Minneapolis. On iTunes and Vudu.
For Megan Draper’s cool California vibe
“Aquarius,” starring David Duchovny as a Los Angeles homicide detective on the trail of a 16-year-old who has joined the entourage of a career criminal with rock-star dreams, Charles Manson. All 13 episodes, with their drug-haze soundtrack, will be available to watch on NBC.com and other on-demand platforms for four weeks after the show’s two-hour premiere May 28.
For pitch-perfect workplace drama
“The West Wing,” Aaron Sorkin’s dazzling dissertation on idealism in the White House. Added bonus: Elisabeth Moss as Zoey Bartlet, the president’s youngest daughter. All seven seasons are on iTunes, Netflix and Vudu.
For more of Elisabeth Moss
“Top of the Lake,” a mystery miniseries about a detective specializing in child abuse cases who oversees the investigation of a pregnant 12-year-old in rural New Zealand. Holly Hunter plays the spiritual leader of a commune where the girl was last seen. On iTunes, Netflix and Vudu.
Notable ensemble, historical references
Substitute Wild Bill Hickok, Calamity Jane and Wyatt Earp for Richard Nixon, Robert F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr. and tune in to HBO’s “Deadwood.” Set in a lawless mining town in 1870s Dakota Territory, it’s got it all: sex, violence and capitalistic urges. The complete series is on HBO Go, iTunes and Vudu.
More of Don Draper’s existential panic
“The Twilight Zone.” In Episode 5 of the first season, an advertising executive sets out on a quest for his own sanity. (“One more board meeting, phone call, report, problem, I would have jumped right out the window.”) He stops at a gas station not far from the hometown he hasn’t visited in 25 years and walks into the past. All 156 original “Twilight Zone” episodes are on Hulu and iTunes.
For the real deal
All seven seasons of “Mad Men” are available for streaming on iTunes; some episodes are also available on Netflix and AMCtv.com.