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Mad Men: The Pryce of Success

Vanessa Berben | Posted 08.04.2012 | TV
Vanessa Berben

We saw Campbell's life slowly unravel until it didn't seem like a stretch to think about him using that much alluded to shotgun. But instead we saw the end to a different man -- and his downfall, to me, was a little rushed; which is why I think I'm so disturbed by it.

Maggie Furlong

'Mad Men' Star Jared Harris On Lane's Goodbye | Maggie Furlong | Posted 06.04.2012 | TV

When "Mad Men" creator Matt Weiner teased that this season would be "every man for himself," even the most creative fans couldn't have imagined some o...

The Saddest 'Mad Men' Scene Ever

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.04.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Was this a great hour of "Mad Men"? I don't know about that, but Lane's story connected with me on an emotional level like almost nothing else I've seen this season.

What's With This Season Of 'Mad Men'?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.29.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

I'm going to be fine with it when the current season of "Mad Men" ends. There's a grim, pervasively bleak quality to Season 5 that actually exceeds Season 4's descent into Don's private hell.

Mad Men: Thank You, Joan (and Jared) Harris

Vanessa Berben | Posted 07.21.2012 | TV
Vanessa Berben

While Joan's contemplating her future and Don's about to get a plate of cold dinner thrown his way by an angry Megan, Lane sneaks into the office and takes out one of the bonus checks with Don's signature on it.

'Mad Men' Recap: Flirting WIth Danger

Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.21.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

I've had some trouble with some other character evolutions previously in the season (Pete is that unhappy? Peggy is that dissatisfied?), but Lane's has been the hardest one for me to accept.

Thanks, Betty, For The Worst Episodes Of 'Mad Men'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.14.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Any episode that prominently features Betty is a lesser episode of "Mad Men." She just isn't as interesting as the show thinks she is, and when she turns up, "Mad Men's" ability to tell stories about bitterness and dissatisfaction becomes noticeably unsubtle.

How Much Did Lionsgate Pay For The Beatles?

The Huffington Post | Crystal Bell | Posted 05.07.2012 | Entertainment

Many "Mad Men" fans were left with one big question after Sunday night's episode, entitled "Lady Lazarus": How much did AMC shell out to use The Beat...

'Mad Men': Everybody Hates Pete (On Twitter)

Posted 07.06.2012 | TV

On this week's installment of "Mad Men" (Sundays, 10 p.m. ET on AMC), Pete Campbell confirmed an age-old proverb: Once a cheater, always a cheater. ...

'Mad Men' Recap: What's Pete Doing With A 'Gilmore Girl'?

Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.07.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Emptiness, missed connections, lies and not getting what you want -- those were the recurring ideas, but overriding all that was the sense that someone was going to die or something terrible was going to happen.

Mad Men: Adulthood Looms "At the Codfish Ball"

Vanessa Berben | Posted 06.30.2012 | TV
Vanessa Berben

People grow up and what they want changes -- is her father holding onto some childhood dream his daughter had, while she's moving on and finding she can use her talents in ways she hasn't thought of before?

Disappointment And Desire At The 'Mad Men' Ball

Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.30.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

I love the complexity and ambiguity of the show, but will it continue to arc downward? Like a worried parent, I must confess to wanting more for these flawed, absorbing, misguided, fascinating people.

Mad Men Flounder as Their Women Flex Their Wings

Vanessa Berben | Posted 06.25.2012 | TV
Vanessa Berben

I couldn't help but think about the feminist movement of the '60s as I watched all of this week's episode of Mad Men.

High Art: Taking A Trip With 'Mad Men'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.23.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Peggy smokes, she drinks too much, she treats the people in her personal life like crap, she obsesses about work, she's a sexual risk-taker and she ultimately does deeply crave human connection. Say hello to the female Don Draper!

'Mad Men' Recap: It's Fight Night

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.16.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

Unlike Don, Pete's turmoil isn't essentially the result of self-hatred -- it's all about that desire for recognition and approval.

'Is Don Draper Gonna Have to Choke a B***h?' Mad Men Channels Chappelle's Show and It's Awesome

Vanessa Berben | Posted 06.09.2012 | TV
Vanessa Berben

How much do you LOVE Pamela Dunlap as Pauline Francis? Her babysitting skills reminded me of my own mother -- scare the crap out of them with stories about serial killers then give them drugs so they pass out and stop bothering you. Sigh... memories.

'Mad Men' Recap: Terror And Transformation On A Chilling 'Mystery Date'

Maureen Ryan | Posted 06.09.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

The thing about change is that it's unpredictable. That's why we're both repelled and fascinated by the outliers, by the actions of people who do things beyond the range of our imaginations.

My Harrowing Descent Into Mad Men-ness

Vanessa Berben | Posted 06.04.2012 | TV
Vanessa Berben

This is the story of how I dared to spend an entire week in bed with Don Draper. Okay, maybe that's misleading. But since recaps and reviews of Mad Men's premiere have already been done to death, let's have some fun with this.

Sunday Night TV Battle: 'Mad Men' Vs. 'Game Of Thrones'

Posted 04.03.2012 | TV

Fantasy fans and '60s lovers have both had a lot to celebrate on the small screen in recent weeks: "Mad Men" returned to AMC with its long-awaited fif...

'Mad Men' Is Better Than 'Game Of Thrones'

Alex Moaba | Posted 06.03.2012 | TV
Alex Moaba

"Mad Men" and "Game of Thrones" are Sunday night dramas that share many similarities. And while I watch them both, I personally find the experience of sitting down for an hour of "Mad Men" to be consistently more enjoyable.

'Game Of Thrones' Is Better Than 'Mad Men'

Elizabeth Perle | Posted 06.03.2012 | TV
Elizabeth Perle

Dragons will always be my first answer as to why I think "Game of Thrones" is the best show on TV right now. But dragons aside, the American dream is much closer to the fantasy George R.R. Martin has created than the fashionable nostalgia of "Mad Men."

Why Did Don Draper Cheat on Betty Draper?

Quora | Posted 06.01.2012 | TV

If you want a short answer -- At a personal level, Don Draper is a deeply flawed human being.

Mad Men Style Recap: Peggy Needs A New Dress

Brie Dyas | Posted 10.11.2012 | Style
Brie Dyas

So "Mad Men" finally came back for season 5 on Sunday, which I referred to as "Second Christmas." You see, I'm not just a "Mad Men" fan. I'm the equiv...

Can't Wait For 'Mad Men'? See These Ads!

Posted 03.27.2012 | Arts

For those of you who can't wait for the next episode to see Don Draper's oozing slickness on "Mad Men" any longer, Taschen has unveiled a book that is...

'Mad Men' Recap: Party At The Drapers'!

Maureen Ryan | Posted 05.25.2012 | TV
Maureen Ryan

I luxuriated in the season premiere, which, more than anything else, felt like a big, shiny present to fans. Don's surprise birthday bash was brightly colored and amusing and, like the best "Mad Men" moments, full of lots of intersecting layers.