Don Draper's been away for 17 months, but he's got nothing on Basil Fawlty
10 TV shows that were off the air longer than 'Mad Men'
When "Mad Men" returns to AMC on Sunday, March 25 at 9 p.m., it will be the first new episode featuring Don Draper and friends in 17 months. A protracted contract negotiation with series creator Matthew Weiner, coupled with AMC's other scheduling needs, have kept the show off the air for nearly a year and a half. But that's not even close to the biggest gap between new episodes for a TV series. Some of the shows that follow returned from cancellation, while others just worked on an idiosyncratic schedule, but all stayed away for longer than the employes of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce.