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 Tuesday 4:51pm

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 tension … » 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

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 to … » 5/03/13 3:00pm 5/03/13 3:00pm

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, faced … » 4/15/13 4:45pm 4/15/13 4:45pm

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

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 sure… » 6/10/12 1:30pm 6/10/12 1:30pm

Mad Men: The Ghosts of Marriages Past

Despite their efforts to never have any face-to-face interactions — even conducting their custody swaps remotely — Don and Betty still have a haunting presence in each other's lives. So it's fitting that the episode was titled "Dark Shadows": That's what the memory of the Drapers' marriage occasionally casts on the… » 5/14/12 3:00pm 5/14/12 3:00pm