Mad Men

Happy Birthday John Cheever! Where to Start With His Work

John Cheever may have been known as the “Chekhov of the suburbs” — Chekhov being an appellation applied to any superlative short story writer — but what he was best at was a sort of tight, realistic look at life’s mundanities, a hyper-awareness of all the posturing and jockeying that goes into our daily interactions, and how it can all be blown up by moments of transcendence and magic. He was an original, and there’ve been few writers since who have figured out how to apply the strangeness and grace that makes his best stories sing. … Read More

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Dream Sequences, Repairing Relationships, and Saying Goodbye: Consoldating Matthew Weiner’s Post-‘Mad Men’ Finale Interviews

Matthew Weiner had a busy Memorial Day weekend. The midseason finale of Mad Men aired (the last episode of Season 7A, as they say), and Weiner spent the rest of the weekend writing the actual series finale (i.e the finale of 7B), and giving interviews to seemingly every entertainment publication out there. Most of the interviews cover the same ground — Bert Cooper’s death, hallucinations/flashbacks, Don and Peggy’s relationship, Don and Joan’s relationship, Ginsberg, ending a show — so we’ve pulled together Weiner’s best quotes here to help you avoid reading the same thing four times and have a more productive Tuesday. … Read More

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Peggy Olson Has Finally Come Into Her Own — And So Has Don Draper

Mad Men episode can never be reduced to a single takeaway, but that didn’t stop fans from forming a consensus after the season six finale: Don Draper goes down, Peggy Olson comes up. The implosion of her affair with Ted aside, Peggy entered Mad Men‘s final round of episodes with the Shot Seen ‘Round the Blogosphere, a literal replacement of Don and an echo of the Draper-centric opening credits. The boss she couldn’t seem to escape, on the other hand, was finally out of her hair, leaving Peggy his heir apparent. If you can’t beat ‘em, become him. … Read More

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7 Unforgettable Summer Vacation TV Episodes

Summer vacations are a staple of television shows. Gathering up the main characters, shoving them into a packed car (or small airplane), whisking them away to a different location to form relationships with new characters — what could go wrong? A million opportunities for mishaps combined with beautiful and exotic locations (how many TV families have made the trip to Hawaii?) make for an episode that breaks up the monotony of a season. Summer vacation episodes can have a timeless feel — we all remember Monica getting stung by a jellyfish on Friends or that bad-luck tiki in The Brady Bunch — and are great year-round, but work best when the weather outside matches the weather on the screen. Here are seven memorable (and occasionally dark) summer vacation episodes to enjoy this Memorial Day. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 7 Recap: “Waterloo”

When Michael Jackson died, I was watching a movie at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. My friend and I both had no idea what happened, until we left the theater and went to a bodega. Michael Jackson played on the speakers. We walked into the Greene Grape, a gourmet grocery store. Michael Jackson was also playing on the speakers. We asked the butcher, did anything happen? And he said, yes, Michael Jackson died. Once I knew that it was like the whole world flowered — I heard Michael Jackson’s music streaming out of car stereos, out of bars, out of half-open windows, like everyone was in mourning. … Read More

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This Week’s Top 5 TV Moments: It Was [Redacted] All Along

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, The Americans offers a big reveal and Mixology leaves the airwaves for good. … Read More

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Why ‘Mad Men’ Fans Want Megan Draper to Die

It is the dumb Internet theory that won’t, well, die: in the sixth season of Mad Men, Megan Draper (played by Jessica Paré), Don’s second wife, wore a T-shirt that was the same T-shirt worn by the late actress Sharon Tate in a 1967 Esquire shoot. This led people to theorize that, like Sharon Tate, who was one of the victims of the Charles Manson murders in 1969, Megan was not long for this world. … Read More

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TV Season Finales For May 19-May 25

May marks the official end of the 2013-2014 television season so here is a rundown of the season (and series)… Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Episode 6 Recap: “The Strategy”

What makes up a family? Is it a sense of longing, of reaching for something you can’t have, a legal bond, the happenstance of blood? The bonds fray this week, elegantly, as we watch the Mad Men definition of family (spoiler: it’s the workplace, of course). But the workplace is a choice that leaves a… Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Characters Star in Vintage Ads for Emmy “For Your Consideration” Campaign

The ad execs of Mad Men are stepping through the looking glass for the show’s “For Your Consideration” Emmy campaign. Released to The Hollywood Reporter, a new campaign shows the stars of the series in a set of characteristically relevant vintage advertisements in a clever and appealing bid for nominations. Joan Harris hawks hair dye, Betty Francis goes for gold, and Don Draper, “a complex and unpredictable man,” hides his true self behind a pair of sunglasses. Noticeably absent: Michael Ginsberg plugging Band-Aids… or straight-jackets? … Read More

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