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Mad Men: Are You Not Entertained?

William Bradley | Posted 06.23.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Will Mad Men regain the acclaim that made it the best drama on television? Based on the response to To Have and To Hold, so far the answer would have to be no.

Gale Force Winds of History Hit Mad Men, Which Still Finds the Time for Some Obvious Practical Lessons

William Bradley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Entertainment
William Bradley

This was a workmanlike episode, Mad Men moving some plot elements further into place, another chapter in Matt Weiner's novel for television, with some deft direction from series star Jon Hamm.

Mad Men: On the Comeback Trail in a Changing Cultural Landscape

William Bradley | Posted 06.10.2013 | TV
William Bradley

Mad Men is back, and I'm glad. Even though the two-part premiere episode wasn't perfect, it brought some keen acting, sharp dialogue, and stunning visuals. And it brought the show fully into the beginning of the fire that consumed the late 1960s.

10 Things You Didn't Know About Jon Hamm's Roots

Megan Smolenyak | Posted 06.08.2013 | Celebrity
Megan Smolenyak

In AMC's Mad Men, Don Draper's true origins were something of a mystery until he was revealed to be Richard "Dick" Whitman, a fellow who had assumed the identity of an officer he had served with in the Korean War. The origins of Jon Hamm, who portrays Draper, are less mysterious.

Don Draper Can't Be Coach Taylor

Posted 04.08.2013 | TV

Note: Do not read on if you have not yet seen the Season 6 premiere of AMC's "Mad Men," titled "The Doorway." Don Draper is not having an easy go o...

Life, Death, Don And A Luau

Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.07.2013 | TV
Maureen Ryan

More than ever, it feels as though we're supposed to "solve" "Mad Men" episodes these days; each meaning, symbol, allegory and metaphor is as neatly arranged as a Japanese bento box, one we are supposed to unpack with proper care and reverence.

Mad Men, Megan Draper and the Skyler White Effect

Marion Johnson | Posted 06.03.2013 | TV
Marion Johnson

It goes like this: a female character judges the male protagonist's bad behavior in a completely rational way, and the audience hates her for it.

The Drinker's Guide To 'Mad Men' | Posted 06.03.2013 | Taste

The one thing 'Mad Men' characters consistently do right? Drink.

The Return Of 'Bad Don' On 'Mad Men'

Posted 04.03.2013 | TV

"Bad Don" is back and though "Mad Men" fans might be excited, Jessica Pare is terrified. “People want to see the Bad Don come back. As an audienc...

Mad Men Season 6: Kathleen Hale Marries Donald Draper

Kathleen Hale | Posted 06.02.2013 | Comedy
Kathleen Hale

AMC recently released the teaser for season six of Mad Men. It got me thinking. What if I were married to Donald Draper?

'It's Taxing' Being Don Draper

Posted 03.27.2013 | TV

Jon Hamm covers Rolling Stone this week (on newsstands Friday), and while it doesn't seem like the cover story will be full of spoilers, he does admit...

Hottest Accessory for Spring? A Made in U.S.A. Label

Jody Melto | Posted 05.26.2013 | DC
Jody Melto

What used to be a patriotic rally cry of Appalachian and Rust Belt states (having grown up in a West Virginia steel-working family, I can say that) is now the socially-responsible and eco-friendly marketing campaign for a new trend of designers.

Of Mad Men and Modernity

Vivien Chang | Posted 03.11.2013 | TV
Vivien Chang

For the millions of people who will eagerly tune in to the Season 6 premiere, it is in the character of Don Draper. But who is Don Draper?

Skyfall in Perspective

William Bradley | Posted 11.15.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Skyfall is a smash hit, well on its way to being the biggest Bond film of the modern era. But what does it mean and where does it fit in the Bond canon and the current scene?

5 Ways 'Mad Men' Could Turn You Into The Worst Employee Ever

Posted 10.19.2012 | Small Business

Negotiating relations with your coworkers can be tough: Too-friendly? You may be seen as a flirt. Too cold, and then you're just a bad person. Subtle ...

Dethroned: Mad Men's Down Season Opened the Door for a Superlative Homeland

William Bradley | Posted 11.24.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Even though Season 5 was a down year for Mad Men, it was still clearly one of the best shows on television. It took something very special to best it. Which brings us to Homeland. I'm pleased that Homeland won for best drama.

After the Romneyrama, and Serious Matters

William Bradley | Posted 10.30.2012 | Politics
William Bradley

For Mitt Romney, the convention provides his latest attempt to re-introduce himself to the American people. But what's that old ad tag line? "You never get a second chance to make a first impression." It's not a Don Draper line but it sounds like it ought to be.

On 'Mad Men,' Past is Prologue

Dr. Maya Rockeymoore | Posted 10.02.2012 | Entertainment
Dr. Maya Rockeymoore

While the show is set in the 1960s, we could imagine what its storyline would look like if written for today's era.

Real Men Don't Exist

Jincey Lumpkin | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Jincey Lumpkin

The idea of Real Men and Real Women is marginalizing to anyone who doesn't fall into the "correct" bin.

Should Modern Men Be More Masculine?

The New York Times | Posted 07.14.2012 | Women

Your dad was manlier than you. His dad was manlier than him. And so on, for all of history back to the Stone Age. I'm thrilled with technology, the...

Dark Knights, Avengers, Bonding Retro Action Heroes: How Long Will the Superhero Phenomenon Last?

William Bradley | Posted 09.06.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

America likes action, and so does the world. The superhero phenomenon is an interesting development that may coincide with rampant coach potato-ism and screen-orientation. Especially as the feats are pretty much all CGI.

Ron Dicker

WATCH: Want To Be Twitterich? | Ron Dicker | Posted 06.22.2012 | Small Business

What would you do with a million Twitter followers -- and not have to be Charlie Sheen-crazy or Justin Bieber-dreamy to get them? In an experiment ...

Happy Father's Day To TV's Hottest Dads

Posted 06.17.2012 | TV

From Uncle Jesse on "Full House" to Coach Taylor on "Friday Night Lights," TV has a long, long history of giving viewers some very good-looking dads. ...

Not All of Us Were "Mad Men"

Carla Seaquist | Posted 08.15.2012 | Home
Carla Seaquist

For myself, I found purpose in that civil rights protest, down in the streets. A deeply fulfilling career followed, which, while not glamorous, had heart-in-throat excitement. Purpose exhilarates.

Looking Forward From Mad Men's Meandering Season 5: You Only Live Twice (One Can Only Hope)

William Bradley | Posted 08.13.2012 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Was Don's silent look at the end of the Mad Men finale the equivalent of Schwarzenegger saying: "I'll be back"? Is it possible that the last three minutes of the episode redeemed the entire season?