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Wednesday, June 26 2013

‘Mad Men: Season Six’: Steps Back and Forward

In this uneven but revelatory season of Mad Men, Don Draper’s mask of identity slipped and his performance became more difficult to maintain.


Monday, May 13 2013

In Defense Of ... The Return of ‘Arrested Development’

In theory, it shouldn't be hard for those who care about Arrested Development's comeback to actually root for it to succeed, even as today's interconnected and advanced world is far more critical than it was a decade ago, when the Bluths first graced our TV screens.


Sunday, April 21 2013

In Defense of Don Draper

As Season Six of Mad Men continues, the controversial and iconic figure of Don Draper is back at it. Love him or hate him... you can't ignore him.


Monday, November 5 2012

Is ‘The Walking Dead’ Actually Any Good?

So far, the incredible ratings for the current season of The Walking Dead has been the talk of TV sites and blogs. Here we look at Season 3 coolly, with the use of a report card.


Thursday, March 22 2012

Why Aren’t More People Watching ‘Mad Men’?

Lots of people watch Mad Men, but lots and lots more don't.


Monday, March 19 2012

Remembering ‘Mad Men’ Past in Prep for ‘Mad Men: Season 5’

For fans of Mad Men, the wait is nearly over. Season Five of the series premieres with a two-hour episode on Sunday, March 25. Yay! Let's take a look at where we left off:


Tuesday, February 7 2012

A Look to the Past, An Insight Into the Present: The Use of Gender in ‘Mad Men’

Looking beyond the aesthetic surface of the series, what is the true motivation behind Mad Men’s frank depictions of these troubled social times? Is sexism being used as some sort of nostalgic trope, or does Mad Men actually delve deeper and explore these issues?


Friday, February 3 2012

Super Bowl XLVI: Commercial Success?

If you’re like me and are more jazzed about decorating chocolate covered strawberries to look like mini-footballs than about the big game, here is a list of some hotly anticipated things to look forward to when the ole’ pig skin is taking a breather.


Wednesday, September 14 2011

Stop Tweeting Sh%! and Buy This

They say art imitates life, but so does advertising. What does that mean when we live our lives online?


Monday, August 22 2011

TV Highpoints and Lowpoints of 2010-2011… Number 1

Several new series debuted in April 2011 to transform what had been a mediocre season into an exceptional one, including Game of Thrones. AMC, meanwhile, systematically abused three of its great series, calling into question whether the cable network is truly ready for the big time.


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Mad Men: Season Three (Reviews) [29.Mar.10]
Top 10 Episodes of 2009 (Channel Surfing) [12.Jan.10]
Catalog by Robin Cherry (Reviews) [13.Apr.09]
Ad Women by Juliann Sivulka (Reviews) [10.Feb.09]
Fey sweeps up at the Emmys (News) [22.Sep.08]
Mad Men, Sad Men (Features) [5.Aug.08]
Brand New China by Jing Wang (Reviews) [4.Mar.08]
Can journalism live without ads? (Sources Say) [19.Feb.08]
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Mad Men (Reviews) [25.Jul.07]
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