Mad Men

This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Glen and Betty, Together Again

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This round, Inside Amy Schumer proves sharp as ever, Fresh Off the Boat ends its freshman outing, and Betty Draper gets her age-inappropriate flirtation on.  … Read More

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Matt Weiner’s Years of Pre-‘Mad Men’ Failure and Humiliation Will Inspire You to Persevere

As someone who spent a significant chunk of my 20s floundering around in different directions, attempting to figure out how to find meaning and success in adult life, nothing makes me happier than stories of artistic and cultural luminaries who struggled, sank, and despaired before finally hitting the jackpot. There’s hope for all of us, these stories of creative late bloomers prove. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 10 Recap: “The Forecast”

She’s back: Sally Draper! In fact, last night’s episode was all about parents and children, of both the literal and metaphorical varieties. Titled “The Forecast,” presumably referencing both the prognostication Roger assigns Don to write for a high-level McCann meeting and all that kids represent, it largely succeeded at sidestepping baby boomer generation gap clichés. Instead, in a beautiful mess of an episode whose dialogue sometimes got a bit too self-consciously sage for its own good, Mad Men took a more uncomfortable path to examining what selfish, narcissistic parents do when their children get in their way — and what happens when those children grow up enough to recognize their deep flaws. … Read More

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Critics of ‘Mad Men’s’ Workplace Sexism Are Picking the Wrong Fight With Matthew Weiner

For years, Matthew Weiner has been hearing two different reactions to the casual workplace sexism depicted on Mad Men — with men saying it was unrealistic and women saying it nailed their experience, he told Larry King this week. The gendered split remained just as pronounced after this month’s mid-season premiere, “Severance,” which featured an excruciating scene in which Peggy and especially Joan are the targets of blatant sexual harassment. After it aired, Weiner said, the reaction was as expected: “As usual, a bunch of men get on and say, ‘This is outrageous. You went too far, it’s too unbelievable,’ and all the women are [saying], ‘You’re nuts. It’s still like this. You have no idea.’” … Read More

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‘The Sopranos,’ ‘Mad Men,’ and How Our Obsession With Series Finales Is Hurting TV

A “dek,” for those who aren’t in the news business or acquainted with the jargon, is what they call that summary of an article that runs between the headline and the text itself. It’s a handy way to hook readers; it can also save time, as in the case of “This Magic Moment,” a new article for the Directors Guild of America’s DGA Quarterly, in which Sopranos creator David Chase discusses that show’s last scene, yet again. “What he won’t say is what happened at the end,” concludes the dek, which should effectively put off the kind of numbskull who’s still hung up on a literal interpretation of the show’s conclusion, eight frigging years after it aired. … Read More

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Stylish Illustrations of Every Single Woman Don Draper Has Slept With

We’ve spent six and a half seasons of Mad Men trying to answer the question, “Who is Don Draper?” At this point, we have enough information to guess that the point is, we’ll never know — that Don might not even have a core self after all. But for those still collecting clues, the women with whom Don (increasingly briefly) shares his life (or just his bed) provide a fascinating negative-space portrait of a self-destructive womanizer. So it’s only fitting that artist, illustrator, and art director Hannah Choi has, in turn, created a series of stylish portraits that immortalize every single woman Don has slept with — from Betty and Megan to “Candace the escort” and the nameless beauties he meets in bars. Click through for some highlights from The Women of Don Draper, and follow the project on Tumblr for inevitable updates. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 9 Recap: “New Business”

The most unfortunate effect of AMC’s decision to split Mad Men Season 7 into two halves is that it’s hurt the show’s ability to digress. Mad Men tends to be at its best not in tone-setting premieres or finales and the plot-heavy episodes the precede them, but in expansive mid-season vignettes like “The Suitcase” and “The Crash.” Considering that the show also likes to fold in lightweight hodgepodges like “New Business,” and it’ll be a welcome surprise if we end up with even one more classic episode between now and the series finale. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Burn This Place Down

There are scores of TV shows out there, with dozens of new episodes each week, not to mention everything you can find on Hulu Plus, Netflix streaming, and HBO Go. How’s a viewer to keep up? To help you sort through all that television has to offer, Flavorwire is compiling the five best moments on TV each week. This week, Joan says what every woman on Mad Men‘s been thinking for a decade and Louie returns to skewer New York yuppie parenting.  … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7, Episode 8 Recap: “Severance”

Don Draper’s first job as Don Draper was selling furs. It’s how he met Betty, who was modeling them; it’s how he met Roger, who was buying one for Joan, and thus got his start at Sterling Cooper. And so the final season, or rather the second half of the final season, of the show that’s fundamentally Don Draper’s story takes us full circle. It’s more than fifteen years later, the spring of 1970, and Don is once again selling furs—a $15,000 chinchilla, to be exact—as the co-head of creative at a (semi-)independent subsidiary of McCann Erickson. How he feels about it is summed up by the episode’s opening and closing song, a choice that’ would be on the nose if it weren’t so beautiful: Peggy Lee’s “Is That All There Is?” … Read More

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Flavorwire’s Official ‘Mad Men’ Season 7, Part 2 Drinking Game

The time we’ve all been dreading has finally arrived. Part two of Mad Men’s seventh and final season airs tonight on AMC, and we’re already sobbing into our era-appropriate cocktails. While we wait to discover the fate of Don, Megan, Pete, Peggy, Joan, Roger, and Betty, play along with our official drinking game — because nothing says goodbye like a hangover to remember. Since we want to savor every crisis in store for Matthew Weiner’s characters, the game is designed to play during all of the final episodes. Cheers to you — and the end of an era. … Read More

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