My husband doesn't hate Mad Men. He likes it a lot. Not as much as I do because my like borders on obsession and fixation. But he likes it. What my husband hates, is me, after I watch Mad Men.
After weeks of declining ratings, leading to the least viewed episode since 2009 the Sunday before last, Mad Men finally rose in the ratings again last week. Will Sunday night's episode drive things upward again?
I tip my cap to "Mad Men" for fooling me again, and I mean that in the best possible way. When everything aligns just so, it's capable of pulling off a sucker punch that still feels earned and tonally united with what came before the shift or shocking moment.
Here's one prediction I've been chewing on: What if Joan and Peggy leave to start their own agency? How amazing would that be?
If "Mad Men" turns out to be the story of Peggy's ascension and Don's quiet decline, I'd have no problem with that. Peg's got her eyes on the future. And I trust her to make the most of it.
Another entertaining Mad Men episode brought the immediate aftermath of the precipitous merger between Don Draper's and Ted Chaough's rival agencies. This was a transitional episode, which nonetheless ended in tears, with the sudden assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy.
The Flood is a good episode of Mad Men, especially in a Season 6 off to an uneven start. It came at a good time, too, reassuring that our characters are not all irretrievably stuck in tedious personal melodramas. That, actually, they can be very appealing people.
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.
The popularity of the hit drama Mad Men has almost single handedly brought 1960s-style home interiors back en vogue. From furniture to wallpaper, the retro style of the mid-century modern era is suddenly all the rage.
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.
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.
AMC recently released the teaser for season six of Mad Men. It got me thinking. What if I were married to Donald Draper?
Going commando is definitely a persons's prerogative (ask Jon Hamm), and it's definitely a person's right to keep that kind of information to themselves. But there are definitely some times when ditching the briefs is more acceptable, or expected, than others.
I'd commission Jon Hamm to leave encouraging voicemail messages for anyone who wants one. How great would it be to wake up to Jon Hamm telling you you're going to have a great day?
What do Lincoln and Les Miserables have in common? Enjolras played by Aaron Tveit, a student leader of the June Rebellion in Les Miserables, belts it out.
Unless you recently sold 66 pages to Random House for $3.7 million dollars, you're probably feeling a different kind of flush this holiday season -- the burning anxiety of having just unloaded tons of money on gifts you oh-so-badly need but can't afford.