Mad Men But For Reals! Check Out This Vintage Pic From a 1960s Boardroom!

Vanity Fair is hands-down America’s foremost publication at digging up vintage stories of the rich and powerful and uncovering vintage affairs and scandals. They’ve gone and done it again, this time digging up a jolly-good portrait of a 1960s boardroom. It really goes to show how realistic Mad Men was, down to the… »9/14/15 1:50pm

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 5:15pm

How Mad Men Helped Me Understand the Anger in My Mother's Feminism

In 1960, the year in which the first season of Mad Men takes place, my mother was living a few subway stops uptown from Sterling Cooper. She was a junior at Barnard College, about the same age as Peggy Olson. She married my father four years later—just as she was becoming a devoted member of what she would call “the… »5/17/15 2:30pm

Why We Should Have Seen Betty Draper's Mad Men Fate From a Mile Away

On the penultimate episode of Mad Men, viewers were shocked by a Betty Draper curveball, that, as far as I can tell by trolling dozens of unhinged messages boards online, very few viewers saw coming. But, in retrospect, Matthew Weiner, brilliant former Sopranos scribe, Mad Men creator, and mild sadist had been giving… »5/15/15 3:30pm

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 12:10pm

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 12:30pm

Mad Men: The Women Just Have More to Lose

I can’t really recall another Mad Men episode with as bald and obvious an overarching theme as the one in Sunday night’s “Time and Life”—the preservation of legacies, and the uncertainty therein. With plotlines revolving around children, parents, work, and the continuation of the characters’ good names, the focus on… »4/27/15 1:15pm

Mad Men: Viva la Sally Draper! 

Should we have a craft meet-up to make “Free Sally Draper” t-shirts, or what? As Hazel Cills observed last month, “for the rest of Mad Men’s run, Sally Draper will be forced to essentially live atop the grave site of a very different sort of death: that of her parents’ failed marriage.” More than that, though, last… »4/20/15 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 12:13pm

Mad Men: Joan Would Like To Burn Shit Down, & Other Feminist Concerns

The primary goal of the miniskirt was never about tempting men: designer Mary Quant, mother of the mini, always said its construction was meant for woman's lib, literally. "I liked my skirts short because I wanted to run and catch the bus to get to work," she told the Scotland Herald last year. "It was that feeling of… »4/06/15 12:15pm

Fancy Fashion at Last Night's Fancy Mad Men and Home Parties

It's Spring and you know what that means: the television is about to bombard us with Sunday night shows that will impede upon our collective ability to go outside and actually enjoy the Springness of it all. (Looking at you, Game of Thrones, Mad Men, and Best Bars in America.) But with great power comes great… »3/23/15 12:50pm