Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 3, Post 2
April 16, 2013
Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 3
April 15, 2013
In last night's "Mad Men," everyone's a prostitute.
Dear TV: 'Mad Men' Season Six: Episode 1, Post 2
April 09, 2013
The show is becomming more symphonic poem than novel.
Dear TV: Mad Men Season Six: Episode 1
April 08, 2013
Matthew Weiner's death obsession
Don Draper Is a Depressive
April 05, 2013
Season six of "Mad Men" provides yet one more iteration of Don Draper.
Defending (George) Romney And "Mad Men"
April 02, 2012
Devotee though I am of Mad Men, I haven't had a chance to catch up with the first two episodes of its new season, so I'm hearing second-hand that Henry Francis, the aide to New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller who earlier rescued Betty from her marriage to Don (and now kind of regrets it because Betty's such a head case) last night--which is to say, in 1966, when this new season is set--called Michigan Gov. George Romney "a clown." Francis is shown saying into a telephone, "Well, tell Jim his honor's not going to Michigan.
The Basis For Mad Men’s George Romney Tweak
April 02, 2012
As “Mad Men” advances through the 1960s, you knew it was coming: a shout-out to the moderate Republican whose profile grew during the decade to the point where he was, very early on, a leading contender for his party’s 1968 presidential nomination. Yes, George Romney had his moment last night. And his family’s not happy about it. No “Mad Men” aficionado myself, I’ll let someone else recap the moment: In the 1960s-era series, the character Henry Francis, who in previous seasons worked as a political aide for New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller, calls Gov.
'Mad Men' Mondays: 'Hands and Knees'
September 27, 2010
This is the new column in TNR’s weekly series of "Mad Men" episode recaps. Caution: It contains spoilers. Click here for last week's review. The first time I saw Jon Hamm as Don Draper, I thought, "This character has the saddest eyes I've ever seen." With each passing season it becomes increasingly clear that I read them wrong. It wasn't sadness I saw in Draper's eyes. It was fear. More accurately, it was fear held at bay.
'Mad Men' Mondays: 'The Summer Man'
September 13, 2010
This is the new column in TNR’s weekly series of "Mad Men" episode recaps. Caution: It contains spoilers. Click here for last week's review. Except for the lamentable absence of Roger Sterling, "The Summer Man" was one of just two true ensemble episodes this season (the debut was the other). Characters that are usually locked into their own narrative boxes broke free and roamed through one another's territory; the show even managed to integrate Don and Betty's worlds, previously as rigidly demarcated as North and South Korea.
'Mad Men' Mondays: 'The Suitcase'
September 06, 2010
This is the new column in TNR’s weekly series of "Mad Men" episode recaps. Caution: It contains spoilers. Click here for last week's review. Like all good TV dramas, “Mad Men” has the memory of an elephant, quoting a remembered line or gesture from a previous episode in a way that subtly reminds you of what has changed.