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The Golden Age of TV Dramas, From Most to Least Trumpy

Characters like Breaking Bad's lucky ‘ol Walt get to live out every Trump-ish dream while the rest of us can only watch.

Evan Spiller
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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?

Elizabeth Howells
Television

In Defense of a Second Season for 'Halt and Catch Fire'

Women are the alpha-characters in Halt and Catch Fire. There may be no better dynamic duo of smart leading females on TV today than Donna and Cameron.

Television

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.

Television

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.

Culture

In Defense of the Influence of 'Difficult Men'

Brett Martin's latest book serves as a reminder of how enlightening dealing with darkness in television can be.

Internet

What Is It About TV These Days?

Can it still be called television if there's no network? Or even no actual, physical television?

Film

The Great Gatsby Re-Incarnated a la Don Draper and Barack Obama

It’s human nature to Gatsby-ize others, whether it’s for the pleasures of unsatisfied curiosity, or slander, or just plain sport.

Television

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).

Abigail Rine
Books

'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.

Lauren M. E. Goodlad, Lilya Kaganovsky, Robert A. Rushing, eds.
Television

In Defense of Binge-Watching Television

Netflix's House of Cards has proven that the practice of spending 48 to 72 hours with a specific set of characters and stories isn't just the future of television -- it's also the here and now.

Television

First to Be Canceled: The Least-Memorable TV Series of the Decade

What were the worst TV series of the past 12 years?

Reviews

That's Why God Made Extra Bullets: 'Magic City: The Complete First Season'

The men of Magic City worship the same things any other mob-affiliated TV characters do: status, wealth, comfort. It's the ease with which the program examines these worn storylines that proves most problematic for this Mad Men wannabe.

Television

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.

Television

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...

Television

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.

Television

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.

Television

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?

Jennifer M. Perdomo
Television

'How to Make It in America'? Well for Starters, Don't Make Hopeful Television

The HBO dramedy How to Make It in America, despite being one of television's best programs, could not make it because it was too hopeful and joyful to survive a culture of cyncism.

Television

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.

Fashion

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.

Television

Five TV on DVD Shows Worth Watching (or Rewatching) This Summer

What does the savvy, obsessive or lonely TV fanatic do with this free time? If you're inclined to watch TV on DVD this summer, I recommend these five.

Television

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?

Events

The Year in TV: August 2010

Continuing out look at the year’s most notable television events, here’s what happened in August 2010.

Music

The City Champs: The Set-Up

Come for the Latin deconstruction of the "Mad Men" theme, stay for the sharp, playful jazz, R&B and soul from these Memphis jazzmen.

Television

Smoke Gets in Your Eyes: Nostalgia for the '60s in TV

The early-'60s -- Mad Men time -- has become a source of endless fascination in popular culture. Timothy Ledwith investigates the many uses of nostalgia.

Timothy Ledwith
Television

Top 10 TV Shows of 2010

In 2010, television brought us cops in Hawaii, bikers in California, British investigators and a different kind of situation at the Jersey shore.

Television

The Mad Man and the Comedy Writer: Two Sides of the American Dream

If The Dick Van Dyke Show's Rob Petrie represents the ideals of American manhood, Mad Men's Don Draper represents a descent into the American nightmare.

Television

An Original Mad Man Reflects on the Real 'Mad Men' and the Show

As Mad Men hurtles toward the final episode of its fourth season, a former real life Mad Man reviews the show's pilot episode. That man? My father.

Television

'Mad Men' Flirting 101: A Quick Review

Mad Men's fourth season doesn't premiere until July 25, so until then, let the cast teach you a thing or two about flirting in what Peggy Olson appropriately calls, "the business of persuasion".

Television

Development Season: Five Pilots That Sound Interesting (But I May Never Get to See)

It’s the annual crap shoot known as pilot season in Hollywood again. Here are a few concepts that caught my eye.

Television

Top 10 Episodes of 2009

As I continue to look back on the best TV of 2009, these are the ten best episodes...

Television

My 2010 TV Wishlist

Today I am going to look ahead, and make my wish list for what I am hoping to see on television in 2010.

Reviews

thitysomething: The Complete First Season

The last American television series before Mad Men to treat the world of advertising seriously was this more satisfying, actual period piece.

Books

Ad Women by Juliann Sivulka

Ad women may have flattered themselves into believing that their success proved they transcended gender and were superior to the stereotypes they trafficked in.


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