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Tuesday, April 8 2014

Why Do Feminists Love Don Draper?

Don Draper’s insightful ad pitches are full of arrogance and sexism, but they’re also full of rhetoric, history, philosophy, psychology, and even pure, sexy poetry.


Sunday, January 12 2014

The Best Television of 2013

Perhaps the most stunning element of this years list is the lack of domination by the broadcast networks. In fact, there are more streaming and pay cable shows taking top honors than any Big Three offering. The future of the medium is here and now.


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.


Sunday, April 14 2013

The Postfeminist Mystique: Or, What Can We Learn from Betty Draper?

AMC’s hit series Mad Men has been called both “bad for women” and “the most feminist show on television". This dispute over the feminist value of Mad Men amplifies when you look particularly at the character of Betty Draper (now Betty Francis).


Thursday, March 28 2013

'Mad Men', Mad World: Sex, Politics, Style, and the 1960s

Scholars across the humanities consider Mad Men from a fascinating array of perspectives, including fashion, history, civil rights, feminism, consumerism, and art, as well as through theoretical frames such as critical race theory, gender, queer theory, and psychoanalysis.


Columns

Monday, June 4 2012

In Defense Of ... The First 11 Episodes of Season Five of Mad Men

With Mad Men's season finalé set for Sunday, we look back at how polarizing the show's return to television has been while coming to terms with how frustrating it began and how great it's become.


Monday, July 18 2011

Talking About My Generation, 'Mad Men' Style

Getting older during the '60s was a cruel fate: it was unfair; it was depressing. But, in some respects, it was a party compared to getting older these days.


Sunday, April 3 2011

Richard Whitman Shrugged: The Merging of Identities in 'Mad Men: Season 4'

Military deserter, super-confident ad man, or attentive fiancé. Is there a real Don Draper or is he destined for instability?


Reviews

Wednesday, November 6 2013

In 'Mad Men: Season Six' Don Draper Tells the Truth, Slowly

At its dark core, Mad Men is an epic poem to rapacious capitalism.


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.


Thursday, April 4 2013

'Mad Men: Season 6 Premiere': Waiting for the Fall

As Mad Men's new season opens, we don't know if Don Draper is alone. We do know, however, that he is due for a fall.


Tuesday, October 16 2012

'Mad Men Season 5' Is the Best Season Yet

Don Draper realizes the violent change of times might be his biggest enemy.


Monday, October 18 2010

'Mad Men' Fourth Season Finale

In a season that contemplated some particularly dark ideas, Don's deluded, love-drunk smile, which he offered repeatedly in the Season Four finale, "Tomorrowland," was the darkest of all.


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Blogs

Friday, October 19 2012

'Mad Men': Season Five

How TV's best show gets even better...


Friday, March 23 2012

Ten Sure Bets for Mad Men, Season Five

With the premiere date for the fifth season of Mad Men rapidly approaching (25 March), it's fun to ponder what will happen...


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.


Wednesday, March 21 2012

Five Is Enough: The Inevitable Decline of 'Mad Men'

I am as excited as a person could possibly be for the beginning of the fifth season of Mad Men, but I worry that the season won’t be as good as we want it to be.


Tuesday, March 20 2012

Speculating on What We Can Expect in 'Mad Men: Season Five'

Yesterday I took a look back at Season Four of Mad Men, and today I want to consider the data we currently have for what to expect in Season Five.


News

Friday, June 8 2012

As ‘Mad Men’ exits, so does Jared Harris

On AMC’s “Mad Men” Sunday night, Jared Harris made his second exit from a television series this season. The first, a few weeks back,


Wednesday, May 16 2012

Search for the next ‘Mad Men’: seeking classic originals for AMC

NEW YORK — On a recent morning, Joel Stillerman, an executive with the cable network AMC, was sitting in his 15th-floor office opposite Madison Square Garden


Thursday, March 22 2012

‘Mad Men’ returns at last after a 17-month hiatus

PHILADELPHIA — Matthew Weiner has a few things he’d prefer I not tell you about the Season 5 premiere of AMC’s “Mad Men.” Starting with


Monday, August 8 2011

A hefty raise for 'Mad Men' creator Matt Weiner is causing rivals to grumble

Hollywood is wondering if Don Draper and the rest of the "Mad Men" gang have drunk and smoked their way through cable channel AMC's programming


Wednesday, April 6 2011

Netflix nabs 'Mad Men' rerun rights

LOS ANGELES — Netflix, in a sign of its growing importance in television, will become Don Draper's second home. The home entertainment company has bought the


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