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Not long after Season Two of "MAD MEN" aired nearly three years ago, I wrote this 文章 about one of that season's recurring characters, Bobbie Barrett:


"MAD MEN": Sex and Bobbie Barrett

The fans’ reactions to the character of Bobbie Barrett have always intrigued me. In this 日 and age – namely the early 21st century – I never understood why they held her in such a low regard. Let me explain.

I had enjoyed Season Two of "MAD MEN" very much. In fact, I would say that I found it even 更多 interesting than Season One. Many 粉丝 have 评论 that the female characters seemed to have developed...
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Below is a 列表 of my 最佳, 返回页首 five (5) 最喜爱的 episodes from Season Five (2012) of "MAD MEN". Created 由 Matthew Weiner, the series stars Jon Hamm:


TOP FIVE 最喜爱的 "MAD MEN" (SEASON FIVE) EPISODES

1. (5.11) "The Other Woman" - In this tense episode, Pete Campbell asks Joan Harris to sleep with a client to secure the Jaguar account for the firm. Meanwhile, an underappreciated Peggy Olson attends lunch with fellow employee Freddy Rumsen, who encourages her to make a move.


2. (5.07) "At the Codfish Ball" - Don Draper is honored at a banquet for the American Cancer Society, but finds his professional...
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"MAD MEN" – Wasted Partnership

Looking back on Season 2 of "MAD MEN", it occurred to me that the rivalry between the series protagonist, Don Draper aka Dick Whitman (Jon Hamm) and one of the supporting characters, Herman "Duck" Phillips (Mark Moses), seemed like a complete waste of time . . . story wise. Do not worry. I am not criticizing the 写作 of Matt Weiner and his staff. Instead, I am criticizing the behavior of two male characters, who I believe had the potential to be a winning advertising team.

Following senior partner Roger Sterling’s (John Slattery) 秒 心 attack in the...
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PEGGY OLSON'S PROMOTION IN (1.13) "THE WHEEL"

Many 粉丝 of the 显示 had made a big deal of Peggy Olson's promotion in the Season One finale, (1.13) "The Wheel". Actually, many also focused upon Peggy's upward mobility from the secretarial pool to her position as one of the firm's copywriters - a professional. I had just finished watching this episode for the 秒 time and another thought came to mind.

It finally occurred to me that Don had 给 Peggy that promotion in order to spite Pete Campbell. Pete had informed Don that he managed to acquire the Clearsil account due to his father-in-law...
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Season Three of "MAD MEN" brought about some drastic changes into the lives of the characters. But I am not here to discuss what I had liked about Season Three. I am here to discuss the quibbles I had with this latest season. Some of the problems I had with Season Three originated with creator Matthew Weiner’s story. And some of the problems I had were with the fans. Perhaps I will start with the fans.


”MAD MEN” Season Three Quibbles


Fan Reactions

Betty Draper - I get the feeling that many 粉丝 of ”MAD MEN” have this great desire to brand certain characters as the villain 或者 villainess...
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I wrote this 文章 about Joan Holloway Harris back in 2009:


"MAD MEN: Joan Holloway and the Art of Imagery"

After 阅读 some of the message boards and 文章 about "MAD MEN", it is quite clear to me that the character, Joan Holloway, is very 流行的 to many of the series’ fans. They view her as a mature, stylish woman who knows how to use her sexuality to control her life. However, I disagree. I have finally realized that my opinion of Joan is not as positive as those of her fans.

One might get the impression from my opening statement that I dislike Joan. Trust me, I do not. I do not...
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"MAD MEN" RETROSPECT: (1.07) "Red in the Face"

Due to some sense of nostalgia, I decided to break out my "MAD MEN" Season One DVD set and watch an episode. The episode in 问题 turned out to be the seventh one, (1.07) "Red in the Face".

After watching "Red in the Face", it occurred to me that its main theme centered around some of the main characters' childish behavior. I say "some of the characters", because only a few managed to refrain from such behavior - Sterling Cooper's co-owner Bert Cooper; Office Manager Joan Holloway; and Helen Bishop, a divorcée that happens to be a neighbor of...
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I originally wrote this 文章 upon my first viewing of the Season Three episode called (3.12) "The Grown-Ups":


”There's a battle outside; And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows And rattle your walls
For the times they are a-changin'.” - “The Times They Are A-Changin”
(recorded 由 Bob Dylan on October 24, 1963)



"MAD MEN”: “The Times They Are A-Changin'”

Not long after I had watched the latest episode of ”MAD MEN” called (3.12) “The Grown Ups”, I walked into a 比萨, 比萨饼 eatery and heard a song being played on the jukebox. To my surprise, it was an old Bob Dylan song called...
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Below is a 列表 of my 最佳, 返回页首 five (5) 最喜爱的 episodes from Season Three (2009) of "MAD MEN". Created 由 Matthew Weiner, the series stars Jon Hamm:


FIVE 最喜爱的 "MAD MEN" SEASON THREE (2009) Episodes

1. (3.11) "The Gypsy and the Hobo" - Don's past finally catches up with him when Betty confronts him about his identity theft. Roger Sterling meets a former client/lover who wishes to rekindle their affair. And Joan discovers that her husband, Greg Harris, has joined the Army after failing to start a medical career in New York.



2. (3.12) "The Grown Ups" - The assassination of President John Kennedy...
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Below is a 列表 of my 最佳, 返回页首 five 最喜爱的 Season One episodes of AMC's "MAD MEN":


FIVE 最喜爱的 "MAD MEN" SEASON ONE (2007) Episodes

1. (1.12) "Nixon vs. Kennedy" - In this superb episode, Sterling-Cooper's employees have an all-night party to watch the results of the 1960 Presidential Election. Also, Pete Campbell discovers that Don Draper's real name is Dick Whitman, who had been officially declared dead during the Korean War.



2. (1.10) "The Long Weekend" - During the Labor 日 weekend, Roger Sterling decides to cheer up Don over the loss of a client 由 arranging a double 日期 with twins. During...
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Dear Matthew Weiner,

I just watched (7.13) "The 牛奶 and Honey Route" and discovered that Betty Francis was doomed for a quickie death from cancer. And all I can say is . . .

FUCK YOU.

Fuck 你 for this piece of contrived 写作 that came out of the blue, due to your neverending desire to surprise the viewers. It's bad enough that 你 wasted Betty's nearly decade-long character development with impending death. But 你 decided to kill her off in the same manner as Don's former mistress, Rachel Katz. How unoriginal can 你 be? After the contrived 写作 that surrounded Peggy Olson's original job promotion in (1.13) "The Wheel", the dumb 屁股 FBI "investigation" of Don Draper in Season Four and your inability to create and write complex minority characters, I realized that I had enough. So again . . .

FUCK YOU.
I wrote this episode not long after viewing the Season Two episode, (2.02) "Flight 1":


"MAD MEN": The Specter of Intolerance

Matthew Weiner’s acclaimed 电视 series, "MAD MEN", has addressed many issues that American society had faced in both the past and today. Issues such as class, sexism, religion and race have either reared its ugly heads 或者 have been brushed upon 由 this series about an advertising agency in the 1960s.

The center of "MAD MEN" is mainly focused upon advertising executive named Don Draper. But the series also focuses upon his co-workers at the firm he works at – Sterling...
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Two years ago, I watched the "MAD MEN" episode, (3.04) "The Arrangement", and read several reactions to it before deciding to write the following 文章 on Betty Draper:


"MAD MEN": 粉丝 Dislike of Betty Draper

I am angry. After watching the latest episode of "MAD MEN" called (3.04) "The Arrangement" and 阅读 numerous 评论 about it, I have become angry over fans' reaction to the character of Betty Draper.

Ironically, I am not angry at Matt Weiner. But I am angry at many 粉丝 for their continuing misreading of Betty Draper's character. I just read this 文章 on the 最近的 episode and...
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Below is a 列表 of my 最佳, 返回页首 five (5) 最喜爱的 episodes from Season Four (2010) of "MAD MEN". Created 由 Matthew Weiner, the series stars Jon Hamm:


FIVE 最喜爱的 "MAD MEN" SEASON FOUR (2010) EPISODES

1. (4.07) "The Suitcase" - In this acclaimed episode, an impending deadline regarding the Samsonite ad leads Don Draper to force Peggy Olson to stay late to work and miss a birthday 晚餐 with her boyfriend. He receives a call from Anna' Draper's niece, which confirms his fears about her health.



2. (4.09) "Beautiful Girls" - Peggy is forced to face some unpleasant facts about a client's discriminatory...
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I wrote this 文章 back in 2009:


Observations of "MAD MEN": (3.07) "Seven Twenty-Three"

In (3.07) "Seven Twenty-Three", famous hotelier Conrad Hilton, whom Don Draper had first met in (3.03) "My Old Kentucky Home", paid a visit to Don’s office and revealed his intent to hire Sterling Cooper to handle the promotion of his New York hotels. This piece of good news turned 酸, 酸奶 when Lane Pryce, Roger Sterling and Bert Cooper revealed that Hilton’s attorneys refused to go ahead with the deal unless Don sign an official contract with his employers. Naturally, Don was reluctant to sign a contract....
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After viewing the Season Three episode of "MAD MEN" called (3.09) "Wee Small Hours", I came up with the following episodes:


A Few Observations of "MAD MEN: (3.09) Wee Small Hours"

*I think that from the moment Lee Garner Jr. tried and failed to seduce Sal Romano, the latter was screwed no matter what. Even if Harry 起重机 had immediately informed Roger 或者 Don about Garner’s demand; 或者 if Sal had acted professionally and told not only Don, but Roger on what happened, he was screwed. The client came first. Especially clients like Lee Garner and Conrad Hilton, who were too powerful to ignore....
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I first wrote this episode about Betty Francis (the first Mrs. Don Draper) and Megan Draper after the end of "MAD MEN" Season Four:


THE FUTURE AND PAST MRS. DON DRAPER

As many 粉丝 know, (4.13) "Tomorrowland", the Season Four finale of "MAD MEN" revealed Don Draper aka Dick Whitman proposing marriage to his secretary, Megan. And she 说 yes. Megan is just as beautiful as Betty. She is younger and seemed to be a better parent than the former Mrs. Draper.

Some 粉丝 have criticized Don for dumping the pragmatic Faye Miller for the superficially satisfying Megan. Some have waxed lyrical over Don's...
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After viewing the eleventh Season Three episode of ”MAD MEN” called (3.11) “The Gypsy and the Hobo”, I came up with the following observations:


A Few Observations of “MAD MEN”: (3.11) “The Gypsy and the Hobo”

*Ever since his affair with Suzanne Farrell began in (3.09) “Wee Small Hours”, Don Draper has been increasingly dismissive of Betty’s presence. In some ways, he seemed to be in a great hurry to get her and the kids out of the house. And that is understandable, considering that he had proposed to Suzanne, a trip to Mystic, Connecticut during Betty’s absence in order...
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I wrote this 文章 after a 最近的 viewing of the Season Three episode, (3.11) "The Gypsy and the Hobo":


"MAD MEN": Acts of Violence

The Season Three episode of "MAD MEN" called (3.11) "The Gypsy and the Hobo" featured a scene in which former Sterling Cooper office manager Joan Holloway had bashed a vase against the head of her husband, Greg Harris. He had been whining over failing to acquire a new job as a psychiatrist during an interview. Frustrated and angered 由 his lack of professional success and his bouts of whining, Joan took a vase and bashed it over his head. Then she marched into...
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I thought Season Two of "MAD MEN" was excellent. In fact, I consider it a slight improvement over Season One. But . . . I did have some quibbles about it:


"MAD MEN" Season Two Quibbles

1. Duck Phillips - I had once complained on the "Basket of Kisses" site that 由 the end of Season 2, 鸭 Phillips (portrayed 由 the superb Mark Moses) seemed to resemble a minor villain that Don Draper had to defeat. Someone responded that Matt Weiner never intended to portray 鸭 Phillips as some kind of villain. After 阅读 two interviews that Weiner had given, I now see that I had been right to accuse him...
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