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TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ – ‘Waterloo’

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Despite the fact that a death wish and a death bookend this episode, “Waterloo” sets Mad Men on a positive trajectory for the series’ final episodes. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ – ‘The Strategy’

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This week’s episode of "Mad Men" focuses on family, proposals and prospects with New York as the convergent center of the action. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ : “The Runaways”

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Don continues to eat humble pie on his path to redemption. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ – “The Monolith”

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This week’s episode serves up ample portions of humiliation, irony, and payback for past transgressions, especially for Don and Roger. At SC&P, the screws are tightened and the tables turned on Don in ways that he never expected. Roger’s sins of his past and present came back to haunt him with a slap of reality delivered by his daughter, Marigold. ... Read More »

‘Mad Men': Season 7 “Field Trip”

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From beginning to end “Field Trip” is filled with painfully awkward moments for just about everyone, including the viewer. Resentment, humiliation, and disappointment seep into everyone’s interactions. Perhaps a more appropriate title for this episode is “Guilt Trip.” Betty’s turns Bobby’s sharing of a sandwich with a needy classmate into a point of disappointment for both her and Bobby. Don’s ... Read More »

TV Review: Mad Men – ‘A Day’s Work’

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In “A Day's Work”, frustrations boil over, old rivalries are stoked and new flash points of controversy ignite. Read More »

‘Mad Men’ Season 7: “Time Zones”

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This season’s premiere episode, "Time Zones," picks up eight weeks later in January 1969 with the main characters feeling their way through uncertainties and altered life states. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ Season Six Finale

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A great penultimate season 6. Lots to ponder as we await season 7. Stay tuned. Read More »

TV Review: ‘Mad Men’ Season 6, Episode 12,’The Quality Of Mercy’

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Far from merciful, this is an episode about suffering and the killing of relationships. Read More »

TV Review: Mad Men – “Favors” & Unintended Consequences

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True to its title, this week's episode revolves around key characters requesting, providing, or receiving personal favors. Read More »