Mad Men

‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Premiere Recap: “Time Zones”

It’s a classic Mad Men advertising pitch. We open in extreme closeup on a pudgy face telling a story about how the Accutron Watch changes a man, with hear several slogans: “This watch makes you interesting.” “Accutron. It’s not a timepiece. It’s a conversation piece.” … Read More

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Your ‘Mad Men’ Season 6 Refresher Course

It’s been a full year since the Season 6 premiere of Mad Men aired, so you can be forgiven if you don’t fully remember everything that happened. For such a slow-paced show, the episodes are full of juicy stories and character bits. Affairs, assassinations, deaths, and Bob Benson — it’s hard to keep track. If you didn’t have the time to revisit the entire last season to prepare for Sunday’s premiere, here is a brief refresher course on the important plot points from each episode of Mad Men Season 6. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Season 7 Review: Slouching Towards California

When we last left Mad Men in the heady days of Season 6′s finale, “In Care Of,” things were in flux in the lives of Don Draper and Sterling Cooper & Partners. Peggy lost Ted Chaough to his family and possible redemption in California, gaining power in the process, a victory that came with restrictions. Pete lost his mother and his wife and gained the opportunity of freedom in California. And Don lost SC&P in a flameout for the ages, telling the Hershey account about how he used to buy a Hershey’s bar with the money he got from one of the prostitutes in the whorehouse that he grew up in; and in that loss, he found a freedom, finally taking his children to that house and showing them the truth about his past. Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” played them out, as Sally gave her father a look that said, yes, I understand some things now. … Read More

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‘Mad Men’ Multiplex: Which 1969 Movies Will Turn Up This Season?

From the third-season cola campaign aping Bye Bye Birdie to last year’s multiple screenings of Planet of the Apes, Mad Men has always dipped generously into the pool of period cinema to help set its scene, while simultaneously drawing inspiration from films of the era (The Apartment, BUtterfield 8, Will Success Spoil Rock Hunter, and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying — starring Bert Cooper himself, Robert Morse — leap to mind). We’ve taken some guesses at the books this season’s 1969 timeframe might introduce; here are a few of the most popular movies of that year, and how they might work their way into Don Draper’s world. … Read More

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Everything We Know About ‘Mad Men’ Season 7

Few shows are as tight-lipped about what direction they’re taking as Mad Men. Unlike Game of Thrones, there’s no spoiler-filled book series to let viewers know what’s coming. As a result, reliable dirt on the final season of Matt Weiner’s ’60s advertising drama is hard to come by. We’ve compiled the few scraps of information out there into a handy guide of what to expect this Sunday. Click through for the full rundown on Don Draper’s last Old Fashioned-fueled romp through Madison Avenue. … Read More

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The ‘Mad Men’ Bookshelf: What Will Don Draper Read in 1969?

Few shows in television history have given their writers half as much fun as Matthew Weiner and his crew have with Mad Men. It’s why you always see so many reading lists for the show’s characters and compilations of all the books that have actually been featured on itMad Men is, at its heart, a very literary show, one whose influences are clear because its writers get to embed their favorite books into the story. Taking place in 1969, Season 7 is likely to cover world-changing events like the Apollo 11 landing on the moon, Woodstock, and the Manson Family murders (please hold your Megan death conspiracy theories), but the year was also filled with books that played a huge role in the cultural conversation of the time, and in some cases, had a lasting impact that can still be felt to this day. That’s why it wouldn’t be a surprise to see any of these book covers on the final season of Mad Men. … Read More

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