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2013 has been a great year for television — perhaps one of its strongest in recent memory — so narrowing down a list of favorites was no small feat. Luckily for us, TVBlend is home to numerous writers with a myriad of tastes, which is why we decided to go solo this year in picking and sharing our Top 5 lists of the best series of 2013. Up next here is Assistant TV Editor Alicia Lutes, with a list that starts off with Mad Men at number five.
When hearing that Community’s latest promo was a spoof of Mad Men, the first two thoughts that came to mind was the slow silhouette of Jeff Winger falling from a building, or something involving Annie, as Alison Brie is a pretty notable common thread between the two series. But Community took it one step better, not by spoofing Mad Men so much as spoofing the relatively useless and overly teasy Mad Men episode promos,
Predicting the Emmy Awards isn't always an easy task, but it's certainly fun to speculate over the nominees, which is what we did for the Outstanding Drama Series category. Arguments can really be made for or against all of the nominees in the category. There are six nominated dramas, and as it happens, some of us here at Cinema Blend were able to come up with solid arguments as to why some of these dramas deserve to win this year. And then there are the dramas that might not be so deserving, either for the win or even the nomination.
Can Mad Men keep up the same fan fervor that Breaking Bad did between seasons? I was one of apparently many millions of people who feverishly caught up on Breaking Bad between the first and second half of season 5, after hearing so many friends rave about the show and its tense, masterful plotting. Mad Men, on the other hand, could care less about Breaking Bad style tension and plot twists, and in recent seasons has seem invested in the mercurial Don Draper to its own detriment
It’s still August, and with the summer heat still bearing down on many of us across the country, it seems a little early to be thinking about Mad Men. AMC’s critically acclaimed series isn’t expected to return for its seventh and final season until 2014, but as it turns out, fans will be able to catch up on Season 6 episodes much sooner. Mad Men: Season 6 will hit Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on November 5, 2013.
On a show as dense as Mad Men, you sometimes don't know what you're looking at until weeks after you've seen it-- though that won't stop the Internet from figuring it out. Parsing the meaning of certain clothing choices, camera angles and character developments is a weekly game any time that Mad Men is on the air
Chocolate enthusiasts may already be aware that Hershey's chocolate has a faintly sour aftertaste. In fact, that flavor distinguishes the American-made chocolate from many of its European competitors. While Hershey's chocolate may mix sweet and a little bit of sour for a distinctly delicious taste, the memory of its flavor is bittersweet for Don Draper, whose honest and uncharacteristically candid recollection of his early Hershey's memories weren't quite as appealing to the fictional Hershey's reps featured in the Mad Men season finale as they were to the actual brand...
Mad Men closes out its excellent sixth season with a real game changer for the show at almost every turn you can imagine. We have to start with Don, who ultimately is forced into temporary exile after a season of absenteeism with the company, and life in general, forces the other partners to play their hand. And just when things were starting to look up for the guy.
I had a hard time swallowing the idea that Bob really did have it bad for Pete, but it's hard to imagine any other reason that a careful social-climber would campaign for such a risky job. He wanted to get closer to Pete-- and, OK, get a major promotion in the process. And because Pete has proven in the past that he's a pretty lousy blackmailer, Bob's going to get it
Where to start, Don Draper 2.0, the maiming of Ken Cosgrove, the triumphant return of Glen? These are all trumped by the second really bad week in a row for Don who last week lost his daughter and now might have lost the only other woman in his life that matters.
The aptly titled episode of Mad Men spreads the wealth to many of the ensemble before bringing it all back around right on top of Don. Away from the impending bomb in Don's life, Pete's stack has yet to blow and maybe that joint at the end of last week took a bit of the edge off. Bob's recommended nurse, Manolo, is a big hit with Mrs. Campbell...
This week's episode of Mad Men is all about tension boiling over, but I am left the most intrigued by the one who still hasn't quite done so yet. Pete Campbell has been the secret lead this season when it comes to the office of SC&P (we got a name!) in that there has been a lot of moving and shaking for all, and Pete is the one on the most unstable ground.
Mad Men lights an old flame, extinguishes another and can't quite ignite a couple others. The extinguished flame this week is unfortunately that between Abe and Peggy who just don't seem to gel as well anymore, especially in their hell hole of a neighborhood. Abe is stabbed by either a black, a Puerto Rican or white guy on the subway, but it's when he gets stabbed by Peggy, on accident, that he finally gets the guts to call things off.
WTF? That is the number one feeling Mad Men has going through my head right now, but I like it. Seriously, what the fuck was that episode. The show has been known to pull some some of themed episodes from time to time and this might just be their drug trip entry. We might have gotten a taste of this before with Roger and his LSD trip, but we are thrown headfirst into this trip through the eyes of Don, Stan and a few other “enhanced” members of Sterling Cooper Draper Whatever It's Called.
SCDP and CGC have become... well they don't have a name yet, and the merger sees heads rolling and rivalries heating up in a hurry. Don and Ted have always been rivals, even if it is a bit one sided from Chaugh's side, but now that they are in the same office they have to find new ways to find out who's dick is bigger; metaphorically, obviously.