Mad Men

The Best Quotes from Mad Men’s Seventh and Final Season

Tomorrow night marks the end of an era when Mad Men concludes its seventh and final season. From the characters and music, to the style and social themes, there is much to praise when it comes to Matthew Weiner’s period drama. But words and writing have played a key role in Mad Men’s allure, even when it comes to the books that Don lingers over, inspiring essays for weeks following each appearance. Here are some of the seventh season’s best quotes, proving how each line becomes a key that unlocks the show’s themes and character narratives. In the spirit of togetherness as we approach Mad Men‘s finale, continue adding to our list, below. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: Bye Bye, Betty

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 time, Jane the Virgin ends its first season with a fittingly soapy twist, Mad Men celebrates the world’s most depressing Mother’s Day, and Scandal reunites its central couple. … Read More

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The Worst Thing the ‘Mad Men’ Finale Could Do Is Shock Us

For as long as Mad Men has been the topic of obsessive culture-wide scrutiny — which is to say, since its second season at the very latest — viewers and critics have been speculating on how it will end. Will Don Draper go out the window, reenacting the show’s Saul Bass-like title sequence? Will he die some other way? Does he, as the Internet’s enthusiastic conspiracy hobbyists suggest, have late-stage syphilis or (sigh) turn out to be DB Cooper? I love Mad Men enough to pick it apart each week, but I have to confess that I’m not too worried about any of these outcomes. Of course, I’m curious about how Matthew Weiner will leave Don and Joan and Roger and particularly Peggy (Pete’s and poor Betty’s stories seem to have wrapped up in the penultimate episode). But I can’t see anything happening that will change the meaning of the show that much. … Read More

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The Atlantic Just Published Ken Cosgrove’s Short Story from ‘Mad Men’

A real magazine just published a fictional piece of fiction originally run in its fictional counterpart, thereby making the fiction… Read More

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‘Mad Men,’ Mad Science, and Dying Bees: Links You Need to See

Today was a big day in tech. Not because of any eagerly anticipated reveal of an upgraded Smartwatch, but because you can now fly above Manhattan like a bird, thanks to this Oculus thing (as Gothamist calls it) at the Museum of the Moving Image (through Fri-Sun, June 7th), and because this little 3-D printed robot can crack a combination lock in 30 seconds and not even break a sweat. Hacker Samy Kamkar came up with robot idea, built the whole thing for about $100, and then published the blueprint and software code, along with a How-To video, on the Internet. Masterlocks everywhere are cowering in fear. … Read More

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Feminist Writers on the ‘Mad Men’ Moments That Made Them Cheer and Broke Their Hearts

Whether or not it was a “feminist show,” Mad Men broke ground by zooming in on the experiences of women, specifically experiences related to misogyny. From office hostility to restrictive roles in suburbia to power dynamics on dates and in marriages, the show left no stone of sexism unturned. As a result, recaps, essays, and water-cooler discussions about the show became an entryway to talking about all kind of gender-related issues. For a large group of writers — one that included but wasn’t limited to TV critics — Mad Men helped fuel discussions on sex, rape culture, harassment, internalized sexism, race, class, reproductive rights, sex work and more. So, as the show draws to a close, we asked some of our favorite feminist writers to name a moment or plot arc from that resonated with… Read More

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How ‘Mad Men’ Used Music to Recontextualize ’60s Pop Culture

For a TV show to be as instantly canonized as Mad Men has been throughout its seven-season run, nearly every aspect of it needs to serve a distinct purpose, to be thoughtful. For that TV show to be historical in nature, the details need to be meticulous. And for that TV show to be about the 1960s, one of the most controversial and turbulent decades in American cultural history, it needs to walk a very specific tightrope — one that carefully navigates the generational divide that defined the late ‘60s. Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and music supervisor Alexandra Patsavas, one of the most influential players in the music-on-TV revolution of the early ‘00s, have achieved all of this — and with plenty of irreverence, humor, and hidden meaning to boot. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’s’ Characters Know the American Dream Is a Lie — But That Hasn’t Saved Them From Buying In to It

If seven seasons of Mad Men have taught us anything, it’s this: advertising doesn’t sell products. It sells a way of life. And, perhaps more importantly, it sells consumerism: the idea that there’s always more, and that you shouldn’t only aspire to those things, you deserve them. In this respect, it’s the oil that greases the wheels of capitalism — it creates demand out of desire rather than need, encouraging people to spend money on an ongoing basis. This much, of course, we know already. But as Mad Men comes to an end, it’s become clear that virtually all of its characters have bought into variations on this idea — and, ultimately, that is what’s responsible for their enduring unhappiness. As Leonard Cohen once wrote, “You are locked into your suffering/ And your pleasures are the seal.” … Read More

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How ‘Mad Men’ Appropriated the Ethos — and an Icon — of ’70s Cinema

Amidst all of the con-man shenanigans and cancer drama of this week’s Mad Men, there was one tiny, throwaway detail that gave this viewer a surge of delight. As Don lounges in his motel room while awaiting the leisurely repair of his car, chatting with his young doppelganger Andy, he casually sets down the paperback he’s been enjoying and, hey, wouldn’t you know it, it’s The Godfather. The show’s always taken great pains to put the books of the moment in the hands of their characters, and make no mistake, a paperback of Puzo’s bestseller is a snug fit for the mid-1970 timeframe. But from our vantage point, The Godfather is more than a motel paperback — it’s one of the great movies of the 1970s, and its appearance in Don’s hand plays like a subtle acknowledgment of the debt Mad Men has always held to the cinema of the era. … Read More

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