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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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    How 'Mad Men' Ended Its Season of Old-Fashioned Sexual Politics

    Matthew Weiner loves to tease Mad Men viewers and keep them off guard, so of course the season finale refused to give us the expected, explosive plot turn. There were enough of those in the  past few weeks: Joan agreed (yes, agreed) to be pimped out to a client, Peggy quit, Lane killed him...

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    AUDIOVISUALCY - MAD MEN Redefined by Online Video: a Roundtable Chat

    Part of Audiovisualcy, a column exploring the art and technique of the online video essay.

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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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    "Mad Men" Episode 11 Review and Recap: "The Other Woman," Something Beautiful You Can Cruelly Own

    Every season of "Mad Men" has an iconic episode. In Season 1, it's "The Wheel." In Season 4, "The Suitcase." In Season 5, I was confident it would be "Mystery Date." And then I saw "The Other Woman."

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