And his two Tribeca movies and board-game obsession.
The one quality that every great scripted show has in common is surprise. Last night's episode was a perfect example.
"The Strategy" is a little cathedral of a show, one of the great hours of Mad Men.
What's the counterculture, and what's the Establishment?
As the episode's title, "The Monolith," made clear, Kubrick was everywhere in this episode.
The anxiety of feeling that you don’t belong somewhere permeates nearly every scene of this week's episode.
Just the kind of deeply uncomfortable Valentine’s Day episode you’d expect from this show.
Like most Mad Men episodes, “Time Zones” is about more than one thing, but its core is about disappointment.
Quiet as it was, “In Care Of” was a pretty eventful wrap-up to Mad Men’s sixth season.
Bob Benson's life story written in steam.
Two moments dominated last night's episode.
You can't go back to Disneyland.
Right in the gut.
What the hell was that?
“Man With a Plan” is an ironic title for an episode about characters running around like headless chickens.
Last night was payoff for four straight episodes that offered little besides characterization and atmosphere.
Let's talk about race.
Can Don Draper ever find peace?
Collaboration/appeasement and prostitution were intertwined in last night's episode.
This sixth season premiere feels like a direct continuation of themes from season five.
Season five's nonstop intimations of death, separation, violence, and dread finally pay off.
Remember when we asked "Why Is Mad Men's Season Five Obsessed With Death?" Well.
Joan, Megan, and Peggy get the spotlight, to devastating effect.
A Christmas-themed episode gives us a gift in the form of sexual tension between Don and Joan.
They can't all be gems.
This season, all the major Mad Men characters are learning to follow the Beatles' advice.
Don gets lauded while Roger and Megan's mother carry on the oral tradition.
Last night's anthology-like episode featured a HoJo and a hand job.
The Englishman versus the Wasp. Who emerges victorious?
Two unshakeable images: a purse on a table and a dead woman's shoe.
"Fat Betty" underscores the imbalance in how the show treats Betty versus Don.
Don Draper, 1966 model: a handsome but increasingly craggy stud.
The WTF look on Peggy's face when she stares at Don, stunned and disbelieving and disappointed? Elisabeth Moss was standing in for most of last night's viewers.
"You complete me ... " Ha!
In some way, Peggy must be attracted to the fact that Abe thinks she's a war criminal.
Put simply, everything goes to hell.
"I would have my secretary do it, but she’s dead."
This is a guy who knows when a back-of-the cab blow job is just a blow job, and also when it might turn into something more.
Bert Cooper and Ida Blankenship share a special secret.
Well, here's what happens if you use that neat-o iPhone Cocktail Culture app too often.
“A man is shamed by being openly ridiculed and rejected — it requires an audience."
My name is Peggy Olson and I’d like to — oh, hell, I’ll try anything!
"Hand jobs!" sniggers Beavis. "Yee-Haw!" screams Butt-Head.
A truckload of coal, jammed down your stocking by the world’s most resentful Santa.
Once again: "Who is Don Draper?"
We can no longer deny that we're watching one of the most bold and unpredictable shows to ever air on television.
This week, the second-to-last episode of the season sets up the finale with a bang.
Don's brand comes under scrutiny.
This bleak episode seems to set the stage for even more tragedy.
All kinds of heartbreak for Don, Betty, and especially Sal.
When in Rome on a Roman holiday, Don and Betty live la dolce vita, burning Roman candles from both ends.
Peggy, Don, and Betty step into a three-ring circus of heavy symbolism.
Party foul! One bold stroke rejiggers the entire season.
The season’s most satisfying episode yet brings Pete, Peggy, Don, and Betty to the brink of major turning points — and brings one old friend back into the fold.
An excursion into historical metaphor!
A spirited Charleston, a forced accordion solo, a blackface serenade, and a Tigertone duet, plus one heartfelt performance of "I Am Peggy, Hear Me Roar."
One of our favorite episodes spirals around a nuanced debate between Don and Peggy — a multilayered meditation on the nature of feminine wiles.
Matthew Weiner loves to mess with us.
Don is finally fascinated by his own catastrophe again.
In this season's penultimate episode, the clouds — and the waves — suddenly break, and a light shines down upon a few chosen ones.
Betty gets some much-needed rest while everyone else goes haywire.
With just four episodes left, the pace is quickening. And this week, the show goes even darker.
Betty is still on a tear. And Don isn't the only guy who gets the heave-ho.
Last week, cuckolded comedian Jimmy Barrett told Don and Betty that he knew Don was shtupping his wife. This week, Betty freaks out.
This week, Don looks in the mirror and thinks he's figured out what's wrong: That guy would look a lot better in a Cadillac.
This episode, Peggy and Don take their circus act into a hall of mirrors.
The escalating nuttiness at home and Peggy's utter placidness in the office seemed just more proof that Peggy is the only other Sterling Cooper employee with anything approaching Don's lockjaw discretion.
Of course this week the show ditches both Peggy and Pete, while the other admen bring their wives into the ring.
The second episode of the most deviously unpredictable show on TV ditched everything already established this season.
How do you sell a prestige product to a demanding Sunday-night audience who now expects nothing less than the next 'Sopranos'? Last night we found out!
Roger's would be a flashback.
"I'm not saying that no one's ever done a scene drunk on Mad Men. I will not say that."
From a show about the ad game to one about the b-ball game.
A whole new way to watch old TV.
The waiting is the hardest part.
Plus: I miss Jim and Pam. Where's my current TV romance?
Plus, what the cast likes to sing along to.
We have a reading list for you!
And his two Tribeca movies and board-game obsession.
Alison Brie is a lot more fun than the characters she plays on TV. Just ask a foot fetishist.
"It’s a world that’s consistently in a state of flux. There are things done that can’t be undone."