Mad Men's two-hour season premiere culminated on January 1st, 1968, ushering in one of the most turbulent years in American history. Series creator Matthew Weiner even told Rolling Stone he felt 1968 "was, as far as I can tell, the worst year in American history since 1863." And if this season is any indication, art has imitated life to the fullest, as Mad Men peppered its episodes with some of the most alarming, mind-blowing moments the show has produced to date. It was a year that thrust the Sterling Cooper crew onto the front lines of the Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy assassinations and the riots at the Democratic National Convention – but these instances of historical turmoil were easily overshadowed by the disturbing events of the Mad Men characters' personal lives.

By Sarene Leeds