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Museum Piece: Mad Men on MoS, 2015

December 11, 2015

Note: This is the first installment of our MoS Best of 2015    “I took another man’s name and made nothing with it.”  After hanging up on Peggy, Don Draper seemed destined for suicide.  Fans of television’s greatest series, ever curious about its end and Don’s fate, sensed his imminent doom. They were mistaken.  In the final two… Read More ›

Don Draper Lands in the ATL

      Admit it, you always knew it would end with Don Draper meditating in California, his back to the ocean in a yoga pose surrounded by sedulous hippies. Our last glimpse of Don at the conclusion of Mad Men certainly made a lasting impression.  The hard-living ad man pulled out of an epic late-season tailspin… Read More ›

The Two Flavors of MAD MEN

  Note: This is light on spoilers for those who are behind on the current (half)season.    Do you remember Season 2 of Mad Men?  Sure you do.  In the sixth episode (“Maidenform”), Don Draper’s Creative team at Sterling Cooper once vainly hatched a campaign for the Playtex bra.  After a night on the town copywriter… Read More ›

MAD MEN’s Ken Cosgrove: A New Biography

Ken Cosgrove and Mad Men have always gone together.  In the very first episode of the series, Ken (played by Aaron Staton) makes his mark, exemplifying the sexism and sexual harassment rampant at the 1960 version of Sterling Cooper.  After crudely hitting on Peggy Olsen (not for the last time), Ken confidently justifies his behavior to… Read More ›

WOLF HALL and the Madness of Power

“The fate of peoples is made like this, two men in small rooms. Forget the coronations, the conclaves of cardinals, the pomp and processions. This is how the world changes: a counter pushed across a table, a pen stroke that alters the force of a phrase, a woman’s sigh as she passes and leaves on… Read More ›

MAD MEN: The Final Countdown Begins

This week prepare yourself for the End of an Era, as AMC rolls out the second half of the seventh and final season of the best show in TV history, Mad Men.  You could wade through the blathersphere, where each click takes you to another derivative fountain of nostalgia about seasons past, or you can catch… Read More ›

Mad Men Reloaded: Don, Pete, and California

Good Vibrations?   someone’s not ready for 1969 The “Mad Men” industrial complex—of which I’ve been a card-carrying member for the full seven years of the series—has made us all into neurotic little freaks, working over the show like a Saturday Times crossword. There are essays about how the series is overrated; there are other essays… Read More ›

Joan and Peggy in the New Episode of Mad Men

The Post-Draper World?  Joan and Peggy in Mad Men, Season 7, “Time Zones”       Warning: Spoiler Alert for Episode 1 of Season 7   The long wait is over, and the days of obsessive commentary about new episodes of AMC’s Mad Men have returned at last. In a post last Friday, I argued… Read More ›

Mad Men’s New Season and Feminism

“You’ve come a long way”:  Feminism and Season 7 of Mad Men      Have you heard the good news?  The acclaimed TV drama about advertising in the Sixties, Mad Men,returns Sunday, April 13 for Season 7, a fact AMC has energetically broadcast through a flurry of photos and, well, advertisements.   As usual, much… Read More ›


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