Wow, what a show. This definitely wasn’t my favorite season of Mad Men, but last night’s season 6 finale was pretty fantastic. It had me tearing up more than once and not really knowing why, and more than anything it made me think. A LOT. Which is nothing new for that show, it’s just that this week’s episode got me thinking a particularly large amount. Part of that thinking involved putting together my final sympathy rankings of the season. More
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Because the show is so secretive about even the teensiest-weensiest spoilers (Have you seen those episode previews?), it seemed like we’d just have to wait and see if these theories came to fruition. But surprise! The show’s creator himself, Matthew Weiner, is putting those conspiracy theories to rest. More
I’ve been waiting all season for a good Sally Draper episode of Mad Men. I finally got it last night, but as usual things weren’t looking up for poor Sally. This girl just cannot catch a break, can she? How many things will she witness before 1970? I went into this episode looking for death clues left and right, but I forgot all about those conspiracy theories during the second half hour. More
This week’s episode of Mad Men certainly wasn’t short on “What in the name of the ’60s is going on?” moments, mostly (as per usual) involving Don and his gradual downward spiral. We’ll get to all that, but the part of the episode that stood out to me was the storyline involving Joan and Peggy and Avon. I love their interactions in general, and it brought up some challenging questions about feminism and women in the workforce, as well as playing with our sympathy, which is what we’re here to talk about. More
If there was ever a show that didn’t skimp on the symbolism, it’s Mad Men. There’s something to decode in every episode, but usually it has people wondering what the show’s trying to say about society or politics or any number of arsty-fartsy intellectual things. Now the creepiest, most interesting theory of all is making the rounds on the interweb. And it’s all because of that cute star T-shirt Megan Draper wore at the end of this past Sunday’s episode. More
Leave it to Mad Men to plod along in its typical quiet, “what does it all mean?” fashion before suddenly surprising you with something crazy. Remember the lawn mower incident? Or Ida Blankenship? Last week was pretty much nonstop WTF, but this week went the “out-of-nowhere” route, and I like it. More
So I think we can all agree that last night’s Mad Men was weird. There was more than one moment during which I said aloud, “Is this a dream?” If we ignore Don’s sad Dick Whitman memories, it looks like everything did indeed happen. And thanks to some very effective energy shots, it was wacky. More
Hey, everybody, we need to talk about Don Draper. What was happening in last night’s Mad Men? Did you guys see what I saw? Because I saw a guy totally lose it. And Don Draper has been losing it for six seasons now. But this was new. This was disturbing. More
Last night’s episode of Mad Men managed to make practically every character sympathetic in his or her own way, which is quite the feat for a show featuring so many consistently unlikable people. The event responsible for humbling these people? The assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. More
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This week on Mad Men (Season 6, Episode 4, “To Have and To Hold”), the sympathy rankings were hard to line up, since so many characters were betraying each other and lying to each other and going behind each others’ backs. And don’t forget Don Draper’s hypocrisy. More
Mad Men premieres its sixth season this Sunday, April 7, at 9 PM on AMC, but we’re getting an early look at the episode through some new pictures. And I gotta tell you, they’re weirding me out a little bit. Mostly because the characters are wearing clothes that point to an impending decade called the ’70s. More
Anyone who’s still sore over Don Draper‘s abrupt rejection of the smart and beautiful Dr. Faye Miller in favor of his non-face-washing woman-child of a secretary will be happy to see that the two are going to hit some rough waters next season. Some new photos from the set of Mad Men show Don and Megan (ugh) having it out in front of (what else?) a Howard Johnson. Prediction: Don’s stupid marriage to stupid Megan is not long for this world. More
Last night’s finale of Mad Men threw everyone for a loop. Where we thought there was going to be at least one double-murder/suicide (our bets were on Betty up until the last 5 seconds of the episode, or maybe a Sally/Glen thing, but definitely Roger Sterling if no one else was going to do it), we ended up with what amounts to, at least on Matthew Weiner‘s period drama, a “happy ending.” So why was everyone so pissed? More
Is it just us or is there an epidemic of doppelganger casting going on? Lately, every time we turn on our TVs or sit back to watch a movie trailer we’re presented with two actors who look exactly the same. From chiseled tough guys Michael Pitt and Michael Shannon on Boardwalk Empire to The Social Network‘s curly-headed goofballs, Justin Timberlake and Jesse Eisenberg, we’re spending more time trying to keep the characters straight than actually watching the action. And don’t even get us started on all those brunette secretaries in Mad Men. More