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Friday, April 3 2015

As the '60s Moves Forward for Women, 'Mad Men' Leaves Its Women Behind

Mad Men may have started out as a feminist show, but in later seasons it reinforces rather than critiques the sexism faced by its female characters.

Monday, March 30 2015

Beyond Don as Dorian: Fin de Siècle, Mad Men, and Aesthetics

Given the parallels between Dorian Gray and Don Draper, can we use the lesson of the former to predict the fate of the latter?

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.


Tuesday, March 24 2015

What Would Don Draper Do? Reading Dante in a Secular Age

Many readers of our generation emulate Don Draper, having lost Dante's connections to Christianity or perhaps to any such deity.

Monday, June 2 2014

In Defense of Calling It a Finalé Even Though It's Not Over

With Mad Men now wrapped up until spring 2015, it's time we stop resisting the trend of this new television practice. It ain't over, but it's still a finalé.

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.

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?


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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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.


Friday, April 3 2015

10 Moments 'Mad Men's' Sally Draper Should Discuss with Her Therapist

When Mad Men debuted on AMC, Sally Draper was a cherubic 5-year-old with a mop of blond ringlets and an adorable lisp. Nine fictional years later, she’s a boarding school student with a smoking habit and a perfectly sullen teenage eye-roll.

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

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