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Here, Treat Yourself to a Random Penny-Ante Mad Men Prop 

Now that the show’s done and everybody’s satisfied that Don never became D.B. Cooper, it’s time to do away with all the props of Mad Men. Which means that if you’ve got some extra cash, you could be the proud owner of some smart midcentury accessories (or some hideous ‘70s tchotchkes, if that’s your thing). » 7/31/15 7:00pm 7/31/15 7:00pm

All of the Mad Men Loose Ends Matthew Weiner Wanted to Tie Up But Didn't

Today, a senior writer for Entertainment Weekly tweeted out a photo of what he claims was Matthew Weiner’s “wish list” for the end of Mad Men. With the knowledge of hindsight, it’s about as tragically unfulfilled as a a four-year-old girl’s “Dear Santa, Please bring me a pony” letter. » 5/29/15 6:30pm 5/29/15 6:30pm

Mad Men Who Cannot Function on Their Own: 'Jesus, What Am I Gonna Do?'

A single episode of Mad Men remains and things are, as they say, getting really real. The feeling that most of the main characters are careening towards a spiritual finality has only gotten more acute, but not necessarily because the series is ending; more so because they can finally see twilight from this vantage… » 5/11/15 12:15pm 5/11/15 12:15pm

Mad Men: 'It's Not Women's Lib, It's Just a Bitch Session'

We can all agree that Mad Men has had its share of intense episodes, as it’s explored every hellish crevice of the virulently unscrupulous and morally bankrupt. But last night’s episode, with its escalating depiction of women at the cusp of feminism yet not close enough to save them, was in my mind the most… » 5/04/15 1:15pm 5/04/15 1:15pm

Mad Men: Don's Coterie of Women, All Mirrors for His Sad Existence

It's so satisfying, as we wrap up the final episodes of Mad Men, to realize that Don was simply the moral barometer, and the show was about its women all along: Joan, Peggy, Megan, Dawn, even Caroline, Roger Sterling's nerdy secretary. The '50s and early '60s crawled by, entrenched power moving tectonically—so slow… » 4/13/15 1:00pm 4/13/15 1:00pm

Mad Men: The Ads Don Wasn't Supposed To Tear Out Of Megan's Magazine

On the season premiere of Mad Men last night Megan implores Don to not tear the ads out of her magazine. We just happened to notice from the cover that it was the February 1969 issue of Playboy that she was rightly safeguarding. We dipped into our archives to find out which ads appeared in that issue and gathered the… » 4/15/14 4:51pm 4/15/14 4:51pm

The Many, Many Kisses of Don Draper

Mad Men is returning for its seventh and final season on Sunday, meaning this is our last chance to see Jon Hamm play the sultry Don Draper. For six years, Hamm's played the brooding, mysterious and complicated character with a smoldering swagger that really works if you're not looking at his tiny upper arms. No,… » 4/11/14 3:00pm 4/11/14 3:00pm

The Mad Men Season Finale: Moment of Clarity

The first season or two of Mad Men made drinking all day, womanizing all night, and chain smoking seem really glamorous. But Don Draper doesn't wear his unhealthy lifestyle as handsomely in 1968 as he did in 1960. Now pasty, puffy, and sweaty, his bloodshot eyes are the windows to someone who is dead inside. It did… » 6/24/13 4:10pm 6/24/13 4:10pm

As TV Dads Go, Danny Tanner Is Way Worse Than Don Draper

Now, in the dying embers of Father’s Day, we should take the opportunity to kick a few lukewarm coals around and consider important cultural representations of fatherhood in television, because nothing is more important than television. Nothing. TV dads are usually pretty flawed (TV moms, too), because parental… » 6/16/13 6:00pm 6/16/13 6:00pm

Don Draper Is Not a Monster -- He’s Just a Rotten Asshole

After last Sunday’s painful Mad Men episode (and this whole season has really been a long, bitter exercise in chewing glass), the fragile mystique of Don Draper suffered a few more cracks. Don’s persona has been decaying ever since the first season, and if you’re especially cynical about the peculiarly American urge… » 5/03/13 3:00pm 5/03/13 3:00pm

Mad Men: Don Draper Is a Shitty Dad

While Mad Men has yet to fully establish a black character with any kind of depth or a significant storyline, its handling of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on last night's episode was still really honest for its portrayal of how a white, wealthy, alcoholic man would've reacted to the tragedy: by making… » 4/29/13 5:40pm 4/29/13 5:40pm

Mad Men: Is Don Draper a Sex Addict?

After last week's season premiere served us a two-hour meditation on death, last night's Mad Men was all about sex, which should be a much happier topic as it's the antithesis of death. But with this episode taking place the January after the Summer of Love, the gang is squarely in the winter of their discontent,… » 4/15/13 4:45pm 4/15/13 4:45pm