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Arianna Huffington | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Arianna Huffington

This was a week of endings. It kicked off with the Mad Men finale, which ended [SPOILER ALERT] with Don Draper meditating on a hilltop, just before we see the famous, "I'd like to teach the world to sing," Coke ad from 1971. Did Don create it? The series is over, but the debate lives on. Next, David Letterman -- after 33 years of smart, stupid, silly, absurd, cool, game-changing comedy -- signed off with a pitch-perfect finale, and a sincere, "Thank you and goodnight." Less bittersweet was Jeb Bush continuing to say goodbye to his senses, following up his Iraq debacle by claiming that it's "arrogant" to say there's a scientific consensus that climate change is man-made. No, what's truly arrogant is denying future generations a livable planet. Continue down this road, and the earth will say goodbye to us all. Now there's an unambiguous finale.

Mad Men: Om Is Where the Heart Is

Maya Mathias | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Maya Mathias

Thank you Matthew Weiner, for creating a world that we could luxuriate in and learn from. And thank you for ending it on a largely optimistic note. These days, we need every ounce of hope we can get.

Don Draper and the Nones

Philip Goldberg | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
Philip Goldberg

What do those two events -- a poll of religious identification and the climax of an iconic period drama -- have in common? In a very real sense, that last glimpse of Don prefigures the rise of the SBNRs.

The Zen of Mad Men

K. Ford K. | Posted 05.22.2015 | Entertainment
K. Ford K.

The finale of Mad Men was not what I expected. The day before the finale aired I was hoping Don Draper would change his name to Dick Whitman and turn his back on the advertising world.

I Am Don Draper

Kristina DiPalo | Posted 05.21.2015 | Business
Kristina DiPalo

So, yes, I am Don Draper in the sense that I know who I am and how I am perceived. I know my brand, and I'm comfortable with the harmony it engenders with my sense of self. I strongly suspect I'm in the minority in this regard.

This Is What Don Draper Will Look Like At 80

The Huffington Post | Yagana Shah | Posted 05.21.2015 | Fifty

"Mad Men" may be over, but that doesn't mean we can't imagine Don Draper living on. Sunday's finale was not only a sad farewell to the show that's...

How To Shave Like Don Draper

The Huffington Post | Carly Ledbetter | Posted 05.20.2015 | Style

"Mad Men" might be over, but that doesn't mean Don Draper's well-kept look has to be gone, too. The ad executive's slicked-back hair and smooth face b...

The Real Thing

Julia E. Sweig | Posted 05.20.2015 | Entertainment
Julia E. Sweig

The series finale of Mad Men ends with a lingering moment of feel-good levity, just right after the melancholy of the final episodes. Mad Men is not just about the paleolithic era of mass marketing. It is also about how political and cultural history shapes our notion of the possible.

Mad Men Gets It So Right

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

I was scared of Mad Men for a long time. Even as it racked up Emmys and accolades, I wouldn't watch. I'd lived through Happy Days and other treacly tributes to the '50s and '60s that didn't ring anything like true. They'd glossed over or just plain avoided the ugly stuff I'd lived through as a black girl growing up in that very white world.

Mad Men: A Morality Tale

Marilyn Sewell | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Marilyn Sewell

Why are we so compelled by Don? Well, it is true that a good man is hard to find -- but the bad ones are so much more interesting, at least in fiction, if not also in life.

Mad Men: Don Draper's America

Regina Weinreich | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Regina Weinreich

Now that Mad Men has reached its endpoint, with critics dissecting its meaning and import, not to mention its influence and destiny during awards season, it is time to further point out its antecedents in literature.

The 'Mad Men' Finale: It's the Real (No)Thing

Lauren Cahn | Posted 05.19.2015 | Entertainment
Lauren Cahn

Certainly, on a superficial level, we can say that all of the major Mad Men characters journeyed forth through significant life changes. But as much as these characters gained scars and wisdom through their journeys, none of them actually changed over the course of a decade.

The Redemption of Don Draper

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 05.18.2015 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

In many ways, Don Draper is the incarnation of advertising itself: the lie that we are defined by things, that we derive meaning from what we consume.

'Mad Men' and When America Is Shocked How Much This Never Happened

Will Bunch | Posted 05.18.2015 | Politics
Will Bunch

If you watched, you're surely pondering the meaning of Draper/Whitman's latest and greatest incarnation as New Age pitchman of killer soft drinks. But I've also given a lot of thought to something else: What was Mad Men trying to tell us about America?

Meet The Real-Life Don Draper Behind The Famous Coke Ad In The 'Mad Men' Finale

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment

After eight years, "Mad Men" finally came to a close on Sunday night in a series finale packed with emotional, fantastic phone conversations and touch...

Why 'Mad Men' Gives Us Hope on the Gun Violence Issue

Daniel Gross | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Gross

Don Draper famously said, "If you don't like what's being talked about, change the conversation." That is precisely what we must do to address the problem of gun deaths and injuries in our nation.

My Mad Men Lost Weekend

Tom Falco | Posted 05.18.2015 | Entertainment
Tom Falco

I'm calling it the Mad Men Lost Weekend. I spent most of the weekend watching the Mad Men marathon on AMC. I couldn't look away.

Mad Men: One Journey, One Redemption, One Ending

William Bradley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper has been shedding quite a few things this season. So it makes sense that he ends the penultimate episode in the epic novel for television that is Mad Men sitting alone on a bus stop in Oklahoma, heading west.

'Mad Men' and Memories We Didn't Know We Have

Sharon Greenthal | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Sharon Greenthal

The trick of "Mad Men" is that we all watch it and see what's being done so utterly wrong by the characters. We judge them for the choices they make with the wisdom of 45 years of history and change that they could never have predicted.

'Mad Men' & 'GoT' Had No Time For People With Poor Grammar Sunday Night

The Huffington Post | Erin Whitney | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment

One would normally assume that "Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" have little in common, aside from the fact that both are television dramas that air bac...

'Every Day Love's A Little Stronger': Mad Men Winding Up

SaraKay Smullens | Posted 05.11.2015 | Entertainment
SaraKay Smullens

With one more segment before the ending, there was pervasive promise for the characters we have gotten so involved with, despite a shocking new development.

Mad Men: Horizons Lost and Not Yet Found

William Bradley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

With just two episodes left after this one in the life of the series, most of the characters seem set in their trajectories, save for one. You can guess who that is.

Mad About 'Mad Men'

Barry Kibrick | Posted 05.04.2015 | Entertainment
Barry Kibrick

As we bid a sad but fond farewell to this transformative and ground-breaking television series, I want to share with all my viewers and readers this classic Between the Lines episode.

'Expect The Unexpected' In The 'Mad Men' Series Finale

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 04.30.2015 | HuffPost Live 321

Only three episodes remain in the final season of "Mad Men," and while notoriously spoiler-averse showrunner Matthew Weiner has made sure there won't ...

Mad Men: What's in a Name? Or, Don Draper Looks to the Horizon

William Bradley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Now, with only three episodes left in the series, Don is free to explore in next week's antepenultimate episode, "Lost Horizon," his own private paradise free of the shallowness and hypocrisy from which he's been becoming alienated. (