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    How the Changing Visual Style of This Season of 'Mad Men' Reflects Its Characters' Uncertainty About What's to Come

    It’s been a busy season at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce (R.I.P.), full of new arrivals, rites of passage, abrupt departures (professional and corporeal), divorces, fistfights, acid trips and assignations. And the tumultuous events taking place on the surface have been mirrored by changes benea...

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    In 'The Phantom,' 'Mad Men' is Haunted by the Ghosts of the Past

    "Not every little girl gets to do what they want. The world could not support that many ballerinas."             --Marie Calvet (Julia Ormond)

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    'Mad Men' Season 5 Finale Review and Recap: 'The Phantom' of an Old Self Comes to Life

    In a weak finale of a strong season of "Mad Men," ghosts haunt the characters and portend something terrifying: There is no escaping the past.

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    MAD MEN RECAP 12: THE PHANTOM

    Most nights I watch Mad Men on my living room couch with a computer in my lap. Tonight I watched at a terrific New York City bar, at the Basket of Kisses Season Finale Party, sitting next to Rich Sommer.

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    Why Do We Care Who Killed Rosie Larsen?

    In two episodes – as AMC’s trailers insist – we’ll know who killed Rosie Larsen. Given that the show isn’t about Rosie – it’s about Sarah Linden and, to a lesser extent, Stephen Holder and Darren Richmond – why is it so important that Rosie’s killer is revealed?

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    Seven Hours of Television Brings Great Writing, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Nurse Jackie'

    With the possible exception of baseball playoffs, I’ve never spent an entire day watching television. But family emergencies caused me to lose a week’s viewing, the weather in Brooklyn was miserable, and I found myself in front of the set, desperately trying to catch up with two Sundays ...

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    A Boilerplate Resignation: The Office Politics on 'Mad Men' Claim a Life

    “Everything you think is going to make you happy just turns to crap."                                                   --Glen Bishop (Marten Holden Weiner)

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    'Mad Men' Episode 12 Review and Recap: When 'Commissions and Fees' Demand the Most Terrible Price

    "Please don't stick around to see me when I'm feelin' low. Don't pass the cards to me to deal the crashing blow. I'll leave and close the door so you won't see me go." - The Lovin' Spoonful

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    MAD MEN RECAP ELEVEN: COMMISSIONS AND FEES

    "Everything you think’s going to make you happy just turns to crap."

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    Jaguars, Joan Harris and Other Unattainable Objects on 'Mad Men'

    "Mad Men" has used its perch as a vantage point to look at changes in how we behave, to engage in seismic shifts in marriage, parenting, pop culture and the workplace (while skirting others, like race). But foremost, for me, it's always been a show about gender, using the way we were h...

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