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The Best Television Of 2010

1 | Breaking Bad (AMC) This everyman-turned-criminal saga found a new and higher gear in its third season, becoming at once more sweepingly grand and more...

The Meaning of Mad Men: Philosophers Take on TV

Don Draper, meet Friedrich Nietzsche. You might not think that the fictional ad exec from the critically acclaimed AMC drama Mad Men and the German philosopher...

Rebirth of a Salesman.

Advertisers love to offer choice. More brands! More flavors! More ways to be the best you that you can be! It's the American promise in consumable form: not just...

10 Questions.

Is Mad Men really about men or about women? —Ellen Speicher, COLUMBUS, OHIOI'll give a lame answer: both. There are at least three phenomenal female characters...

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June MOVIES The Karate Kid Knight and Day Toy Story 3 The Twilight Saga: Eclipse BOOKS Justin Cronin Jennifer Egan Christopher Hitchens David Mitchell MUSIC...

Tweeting as Fictional Characters

Fake-celebrity Twitter feeds had their day. Now that the microblogging site uses a verification process to ensure that followers can keep tabs on the real Ashton...

The Pauses That Refresh.

Before the drama Mad Men could return for its third season, AMC and creator Matthew Weiner had to resolve a conflict over — fittingly for a series set on Madison...

The New New Frontier.

"Nostalgia. It's delicate. But potent." It's November 1960, and ad writer Don Draper (Jon Hamm), in the first-season finale of Mad Men, is pitching a room of...

The 10 Best TV Shows

NEW SHOWS #1 Mad Men This ad-biz drama is a time machine, re-creating 1960 with endless clouds of cigarette smoke. It's also a timeless machine, creating in Don...