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

Mad Men: The Beginning of the End

"Are you ready? Because I want you to pay attention," Freddie Rumsen says directly into the camera at the top of last night's premiere of the final season of Mad Men. "This is the beginning of something." » 4/14/14 4:00pm 4/14/14 4:00pm

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

Kiernan Shipka Kinda Hopes Sally Will Blackmail Don Draper

Kiernan Shipka, aka Sally Draper, has some thoughts about the direction her character might take in the new season of Mad Men. She'd like to see the troubled kid act up. » 9/24/13 6:40pm 9/24/13 6:40pm

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

'Mad Men': I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can

After getting shot up with a "mild stimulant," Don goes on a wild ride through sleep deprivation psychosis that went about as well as Ken Cosgrove's wild ride in the Chevy Impala, with both ending similarly, lending last night's episode its name: "The Crash." » 5/20/13 4:00pm 5/20/13 4:00pm

'Mad Men': All Don's Mergers

Mad Men has always been about Don Draper's personal and professional life, but last night's episode was really demonstrative of how similar his approach is to the two: he has no idea, and little concern, about being a good partner. » 5/06/13 3:50pm 5/06/13 3:50pm

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': Joan Holloway Harris, Leaning In

Finally, four hours into the storytelling of Mad Men's sixth season, we get to catch up with Joan and see how she's faring since becoming the first female partner at SCDP. We soon learn that heavy hangs the head that's used as a battering ram against the glass ceiling. » 4/22/13 5:20pm 4/22/13 5:20pm

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

'Mad Men': New Year, Old You

There were two fake outs in the opening moments of last night's premiere of Mad Men's sixth season. First, we were meant to believe that Don had suffered from some kind of life-threatening incident. But that was merely the setup for the bigger ruse in which the Drapers' happy vacation in sunny Hawaii indicated… » 4/08/13 6:15pm 4/08/13 6:15pm

Sunday Sign-Off: It’s Jon Hamm’s/Don Draper’s/Dick Whitman’s Birthday

Everybody's favorite advertising misogynist is turning 42 today. Or maybe he's really a 56-year-old dairy farmer from Wisconsin. Or a 24-year-old transvestite from Waco. All we really know about this mysterious and handsome creature is that he hates surprise birthday parties. » 3/10/13 6:30pm 3/10/13 6:30pm

New Photos from the Mad Men Set Show Don, Roger, and Harry Cruising in…

Hello, Handsomes! Taken yesterday on the set of season 6 in Los Angeles, and everyone is looking fione, per usual. The show returns on April 7, so get ready to enjoy your cocktails with a side of cigarettes and sexism in a season dedicated to Don, Don, and more Don. » 3/07/13 9:30pm 3/07/13 9:30pm

Mad Men: The Haunting

After two back-to-back episodes delivered shocking, scandalous, and significant plot turns that had increased the momentum of Mad Men's typically passive storytelling, last night's season finale seemed kind of slow. Perhaps the change of pace was intentional to mark the show's return to form—in more ways than one. » 6/11/12 3:10pm 6/11/12 3:10pm

Don Draper Will Flash a Father’s Day Stone Face No Matter What His Kids…

The New York Observer characterizes this Don Draper Father's Day ad at the Painted Pot in Brooklyn as probably "the world's most disconsonant advertisement," but it's not all that bad. Don's a very handsome and iconic TV dad and he'll probably lure at least some people into the Paint Pot. Besides, though there for… » 6/10/12 1:30pm 6/10/12 1:30pm

Mad Men: Working Girls

Over the years, viewers have watched the very different trajectories of the lives of Joan and Peggy. Each has navigated the choppy waters of the cultural sea change in the 1960s of women in the workplace—in which "jobs" can now be "careers"—with their own methods that are as diverse as their results. » 5/29/12 4:40pm 5/29/12 4:40pm