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Mad Men Through the Boomer Lens: Lexapro For Everyone!

(1) Comments | Posted June 11, 2012 | 4:27 PM

To be perfectly honest, Season five's final episode left me feeling a bit disappointed. Maybe this was Captain Weiner's intent: To let us diehards down easy in order to spare us the pangs of withdrawal over the long months ahead. Or perhaps he thought it proper to say "goodbye" on...

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Mad Men Through the Boomer Lens: Lane Pryce Stars in a '60s Version of Leaving Las Vegas

(1) Comments | Posted June 4, 2012 | 5:09 PM

Poor Lane, "for whom the bell tolls" in this haunting 12th episode of Mad Men season five. We watch Lane's life disintegrate so sadly... and so completely. Poor Don, too. He does right by his company, firing Lane for forging a check, but his act leads directly to Lane's suicide....

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Mad Men through The Boomer Lens: 'Best Episode Of The Season!' (I Could Have Sworn Sidney Lumet was Directing)

(6) Comments | Posted May 30, 2012 | 1:32 PM

"And so it goes... [Mo Ryan], different strokes for different folks."

I have been a fan of HuffPost television critic Mo Ryan for some time now. I have particularly enjoyed, and often agreed with, her Mad Men reviews. But this season, and more to the point, this week, our views...

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Mad Men Through The Boomers Lens: Don Offers Up Some Harrison Ford-Style Leadership

(1) Comments | Posted May 21, 2012 | 5:02 PM

For nine episodes, we've suffered through an endless parade of narcissistic, back-stabbing behavior from a self-absorbed cast of Mad Men players. We've watched Peter clawing Roger and Roger slugging back and Betty attacking Megan and Don while dodging her own troubles. The episodes have been equal parts titillating and depressing....

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Mad Men Through the Boomer Lens: This Week It's Shades of Fatal Attraction

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2012 | 5:39 PM

I gripped my Baby Boomer lens tightly this week as a succession of out-of-control Mad Men rivalries suddenly filled my mind with disturbing scenes from Fatal Attraction, the 1987 cautionary tale about infidelity. In particular, I kept flashing back to that horrific moment just after a desperate Michael Douglas had...

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Mad Men Through The Boomer Lens: Unearthing An Affair Wasn't So Easy to Do Then -- Boy, How Times Have Changed!

(1) Comments | Posted May 8, 2012 | 10:19 AM

Oh, my Lord, Peter Campbell. What's going on in that thirty-something head of yours?

Death and disaster references abound in this episode. We have the open elevator shaft that Don peers down as he frets over his future with Megan now that she has decided to ditch advertising for...

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Mad Men Through the Boomer Lens: Sleeping with the Boss Makes Everything More Fun!

(0) Comments | Posted April 30, 2012 | 3:57 PM

As a baby boomer, I grew up exposed to one iconic husband-and-wife workplace team after another. We had Lucy & Desi, Sonny & Cher, Ozzie & Harriett, John & Yoko, Maury Povich & Connie Chung -- even Bill and Hilary Clinton. (Remember "two for the price of one?') Now, we...

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Mad Men Through the Boomer Lens: Bring on Thelma & Louise

(8) Comments | Posted April 23, 2012 | 7:04 PM

Last week, I found myself wondering how Mad Men's writers could ever cast Don Draper in the role of the wise sage, mentoring Peter Campbell back onto the straight and narrow. Recall Peter's outrageous tear: first hitting on a high school student and then indulging with a whore, only to...

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'You're My King'

(0) Comments | Posted April 17, 2012 | 6:40 PM

Who's got whose back in "Mad Men" season five? It's becoming clearer with each new episode. For the first time, we see important alliances and intense rivalries emerge. This week's episode, "Signal 30," takes us inside the troubled head of straight-laced Peter Campbell, where we discover a young man repeatedly...

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Boomer Lens: Mad Men Episode 4... Joan Takes Her First Steps on the Path to "True" Equality

(4) Comments | Posted April 9, 2012 | 5:33 PM

In "Mad Men's" fifth season, the series' overriding magic reveals itself with new clarity and, as in Sunday night's episode, "Mystery Date," with great elegance. Each week, the show's writers foreshadow the shape of future social movements -- call it a rhythm they've become so good. We're given a glimpse...

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Why 'Mad Men' Episode Three 'Burkes' Well

(0) Comments | Posted April 4, 2012 | 10:51 AM

In "Mad Men's" heyday, Don Miller, a Burke marketing leader, developed a method for measuring the effectiveness of television commercials. The Burke test said that, to be effective, a TV commercial had to grab the viewer's attention within the first 10 seconds of airing. Ad agencies quickly made the Burke...

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A Boomer's Perspective On Mad Men: My, How Things Have Changed!

(19) Comments | Posted March 30, 2012 | 9:44 AM

As a Baby Boomer and former ad agency head, I will be spending this Mad Men season commenting on how the show's themes would have played out differently had they occurred 20 years later, in 1986, when I was running my firm.

Let me start with the centerpiece of...

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