… the best new show of the summer — a series that turns mid-century cool into 21st-century hot. … This is a place TV hasn't visited before, where you want to linger, and people you haven't seen on TV before whom you want to know better. And it's another basic-cable breakthrough in a summer in which the broadcast networks have gone stone-cold.TV Guide gave it a “9” (out of 10) and said:
… this week, the show we can’t stop talking and thinking about, and wishing we had more episodes to watch, is AMC’s Mad Men … You really don’t want to miss it. …Entertainment Weekly gave it a “B-plus” and said:
… less about the job than the style involved in doing the job. In this pre-PC period …The Wall Street Journal said:
… one of the best-written, all-around sparkling works to come along in many a summer season. … That humor appears as a kind of undercurrent in all the jabbing reminders we get about all that has changed since 1960. The series takes place in an era, as the script maintains in one of the early episodes, when it was possible to smack the face of the little boy next door, as one dreadful adult male does, to teach the child a lesson about behavior. (The boy had knocked over a glass while running around the house during a birthday party.) And it was possible to do this, we're shown, without objection from the child's father, standing by. …The Los Angeles Times said:
The pilot of AMC's new original series "Mad Men" is not so much a pilot as an hourlong seduction. … great writing and acting create a heady mix of glamour, irreverence and responsibility, a word rarely associated with a sexy drama. Creator Matthew Weiner wrote "Mad Men" several years ago; it was the script that landed him the job writing for "The Sopranos," and it's easy to see why. Not since Cary Grant's Mr. Blandings have we seen an ad guy to swoon over. …The Chicago Tribune said:
The swell new series "Mad Men" looks like a million bucks. … first and foremost an intelligently made character drama. One of the interesting things about this show is how quickly the expertly done period re-creation falls away, once we get to know the yearning, confused, confident people who inhabit the Sterling Cooper Advertising Agency. They're not period pieces - they're just like us. …The Washington Post said:
… Good guys and bad are largely indistinguishable; the bad have their good sides and the good their bad. That does not, however, result in complex characters in "Sopranos" style. Instead you find yourself in the company of people not one of whom is worth giving a hoot about. They scheme and connive and lie and cheat, but lethargically. The least an audience can ask for is rats who enjoy their rattiness, who go about it with gusto. …The San Francisco Chronicle said:
… surprisingly great … captures that utterly fascinating transformation as he explores 1960 in New York and America at large, and marks "Mad Men" as essential viewing. …The Houston Chronicle said:
… Dripping in period detail, AMC's first original series intoxicates in style and substance. … Mad Men is mesmerizing, and its pedigree is as authentic as the period it re-creates. …The Seattle Post-Intelligencer said:
… while watching "Mad Men," a person gets the sensation that she's looking at a classic in the making, the same revelation that washed over us when those ducks disappeared from Tony Soprano's pool, crushing his spirit and us by proxy. That was a feat of stupendous writing, and the same level of creativity works its seductive charms here. …The Boston Herald said:
… offers a perplexing challenge. While handsomely staged and beautifully scored, the series rolls in an outrageously sexist, racist world. Is this a place viewers want to visit for the next 12 weeks? Do so at your own risk. You could wake up with stinky clothes and a nagging cough.…The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette said:
… a fascinating examination of the culture at that time, particularly as it relates to women and minorities. … "You're born alone and you die alone, and this world drops a bunch of rules on top of you to make you forget those facts," cynical Don tells Rachel over drinks. "I'm living like there is no tomorrow because there isn't one." Not a pretty sentiment, to be sure, but it makes for an intriguing character in what's likely to be the best new summer series of 2007.The Hollywood Reporter said:
… if the pieces are in place for "Mad Men" to break big, why does its center feel so hollow? Watching characters indulge with relish in what today are vices has a transgressive quality, yet it's all done with an insider's wink to the audience. A fawning tone would grow just as tiresome, but who can identify with characters from whom even the writers seem to shrink? … There's much to admire about "Mad Men," and much worth tuning in for. But so far, it's all soft sell. At one point, Draper advises a cigarette exec (John Cullum) that they'll promote his product's "toasted" quality," thus ushering in the era of pitching lifestyle over product, the birth of selling nothing. Unfortunately, at this stage, "Mad Men" is giving its audience pretty much the same thing.Variety said:
… the pleasures of "Mad Men" refreshingly arise almost wholly from small, impeccably detailed touches. Set in 1960, this breezy serial about Madison Avenue ad men (hence the title) circa 1960 revels in dated images of white-collar workers boozing in the boss' office, harassing female employees, smoking incessantly and openly pondering if there's a Jew anywhere in the building. … Despite its understated approach, however, "Mad Men" actually strikes a profound chord, inasmuch part of today's so-called culture war involves sifting through the tumult of the 1960s, heralded by progressives for the freedoms won but now being decried by conservatives for the standards that were eroded. …The first season is issued today in both DVD and Blu-ray editions.
July 1, 2008, 1:05 a.m. CST
July 1, 2008, 1:17 a.m. CST
Best show on TV.
July 1, 2008, 1:30 a.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
July 1, 2008, 2:29 a.m. CST
any info please?
July 1, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST
Are a right steal. Under £70 for the entire series, I spent about that per season back in the day.
July 1, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST
I second the question. When Herc? It's been a long time since Season 10. What's the hold up?
July 1, 2008, 4:54 a.m. CST
I'd put it behind Breaking Bad, Damages, Californication and Pushing Daisies on 5. Hell, if I had the choice between a second season for Journeyman or Mad Men I would have chosen Journeyman. Mad Men spent too much time for style over substance in the middle of the season but I'm sure the second season will learn from that mistakes.
July 1, 2008, 6:59 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
...are $16.99 for EVERY SEASON at Best Buy this week. Great time to start (or complete) a collection cheap.
July 1, 2008, 7 a.m. CST
by Nasty In The Pasty
July 1, 2008, 7:30 a.m. CST
According to all the Amazon reviews - no commentary, no extra features, no nothing. For the price, though, that's not too shabby...
July 1, 2008, 7:49 a.m. CST
by The Cabin Boy
What in the heck are they going to put into that new Freaks and Geeks set to charge me over 100 bucks for one season of TV on DVD? Seriously, not even blu-ray or anything...
July 1, 2008, 8:22 a.m. CST
by Gatsbys West Egg Omlet
were bad ass. i had the toys, and they always beat the shit out of the other toys. especially the one with the guitar that turned into his bird.
July 1, 2008, 8:35 a.m. CST
For someone who doesn't care about being first, you really made an effort shouting it out in different Talkbacks you stupid fucking plum. Now back to the actual topic - I need to give Mad Men another chance because I watched the first few episodes and just couldn't get into it at all, but based on everyone's gushing over it, I think I'll give it one more try. By the way, you *ALL* need to buy Spaced when it comes out. 99.9% of you will fucking love it to bits. Buy it and then come back and thank me later.
July 1, 2008, 8:39 a.m. CST
end of line
July 1, 2008, 8:42 a.m. CST
July 1, 2008, 9 a.m. CST
Did they get commentary overdose before the movie came out?
July 1, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST
Just to get Herc's goat. (Housewives is awesome, Herc. You just don't know it.)
July 1, 2008, 9:41 a.m. CST
by Mr. Nice Gaius
...get to know Don Draper.<P>MAD MEN is a fantastic show. It should definitely be something everyone checks out.<P>JOOOOOAAAANNNN!!!
July 1, 2008, 9:44 a.m. CST
July 1, 2008, 10:29 a.m. CST
Is better. That is all.
July 1, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST
I remember picking the original release on DVD at Target for like $5 dollars. I still don't see a reason to buy into Blue Ray.. How much greater is the image of a 1960's movie going to be on Blue Ray? What, do they want to give us better details when it comes to a Burt Ward crotch shot? I really don't see the reason to buy into Blu Ray just yet. I still think it won't gain the mass appeal that standard DVD did. especially with the prices of thse older films. $28 dollars for the 1960's Batman movie? No Thanks.
July 1, 2008, 10:52 a.m. CST
totally agree with you. buying anything on blu-ray that is older than 10-20 years, is just stupid. you won't get better quality, because the best surviving master copy can't get better than dvd quality. <p> but the techno-tards and their money will buy old stuff on blu-ray for the smug factor. <P> sometimes buying blu-ray over dvd, is just god's way of letting you know you make too much money..
July 1, 2008, 11:08 a.m. CST
Actress, Drama: http://tinyurl.com/59ynxm <p> Supporting Actress, Drama: http://tinyurl.com/4q2xs6 <p> Supporting Actor, Drama: http://tinyurl.com/5pqcae <p> Summary: No BSG, no Kristen Bell, too many women getting by in supporting drama on name recognition alone, and oh yeah, Sarah Silverman is a comedy actress finalist. <p> OMSTAIN! (One Mo' Sign the Apocalypse is Nigh)
July 1, 2008, 11:11 a.m. CST
I'd like to know what idiots decide on the pricing for the various Star Trek shows. Let's see. Buffy has been off the air for a few years. We've released the series in a couple different sets. How about we price it at $16.99 a season just to get the people who buy spur of the moment based on low prices.<p> <p> vs<p> <p> Let's see. DS9 has been off the air for a few years. We've released the series in a couple different sets. How about we price it at $52.99 a season just to get those people who are off their meds but weren't quite insane enough to buy it at $90.<p><p>If they knew how to price things reasonably I would have bought all the Trek series locally. As it is I bought from China and paid less for the entire series of each than I would have paid for one season of each.
July 1, 2008, 11:38 a.m. CST
Christina Hendricks is on the Emmy shortlist and Don Draper's wife is not. Hendricks wasn't bad, but Draper's wife had such a multi-level performance. The same can be said for Slattery getting in over Kartheiser. I don't know how someone could watch his hunting monologue and not want him to have an Emmy.
July 1, 2008, 11:41 a.m. CST
tape submission (the abortion episode)...
July 1, 2008, 12:10 p.m. CST
by --- Emperor ---
Damn you to hell!
July 1, 2008, 12:39 p.m. CST
John From Cincinatti Complete Series 19.99.<p> Tell Me You Love Me Season 1: 19.99<p> All seasons of the Wire: 39.99.<p> All seasons of the Sopranos: 34.99<p> All seasons of 24, Angel, Buffy: 16.99.<p> And MORE!!!!
July 1, 2008, 12:51 p.m. CST
At least on Firefly. Never watched Mad Men. May have to check it out.
July 1, 2008, 12:54 p.m. CST
I am surprised his name isn't written in larger font on the DVD cover though.
July 1, 2008, 1:40 p.m. CST
is fantastic. Season 11 is absolutely great. It's fun to rag on The Simpsons in their later years and claim they went down hill, but the ones who say that are the ones who never followed the show to begin with. The show didn't go down hill until about Season 13, and hit a crater at about 15-18. If you watched the show now, you would notice a marked improvement in quality over the last few seasons, getting closer to the glory years of the mid-seasons. There were many gems last season that went unnoticed by the people who claim The Simpsons isn't funny and swear by Family Guy, which is a complete, unadulterated piece of shit, and has been from its inception. The lineup for Season 11 is one for the ages: Mel Gibson gets Homer's advice on his Mr. Smith Goes to Washington remake, Bart gets put on Focalyn and takes on Major League Baseball, Homer the food critic, one of the great Treehouse of Horror episodes with a flying Lucy Lawless, Tomacco, Funzo, Apu's Octupplets, Land of the Jockeys, the Peace Corps, Barney goes sober (briefly), Chain Gang in Florida, Behind the Laughter...These are some of the most classic episodes in the entire series' run and all in Season 11. Herc, when does this come out? Season 10 streeted in September, didn't it?
July 1, 2008, 3:23 p.m. CST
When is the price for Carnivale coming down to 20 bucks?
July 1, 2008, 3:57 p.m. CST
Sat in on her Q&A, while a hundred geeks asked her questions about her Firefly character (Saffron), down to tiniest detail. I think my wife & I were the only ones who'd ever heard of Mad Men. After the Q&A, we caught up with her in the hallway and told her how much we loved Mad Men. She seemed genuinely excited that we knew the show and we spent 15 minutes or so back and forth on our favorite scenes. She seems to be really proud of the show, and her character.<P> BTW, it appears the only way to get the cool "Zippo" packaging of the first season is in standard DVD. The blu-ray is just plain jane packaging. FRAK!
July 1, 2008, 4:09 p.m. CST
by Ultron ver 2.0
Season 11 has the episode with the talking pie (Mel Gibson one). Worth. Every. Penny.
July 1, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST
Goddamn, my screen is filled with ectoplasm! Geekgasm!!
July 1, 2008, 4:12 p.m. CST
by Ultron ver 2.0
thats just retarded. I have Casablanca, the Thing, Forbidden Planet, all OLD movies, and they look STELLAR. Casablanca is unbelievable. Don't be one of those tards that thing HD doesn't matter on old films....they take a master print when they create these.
July 1, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST
by Charlie Murphy
is cool to look at, but it's not very functional. I'm terrified that i'm going to fuck up the discs. I thought there was going to be a standard and Zippo packaging option, but the store I got it from only had the Zippo.
July 1, 2008, 4:33 p.m. CST
Does this dvd have anything different than the other ones?
July 1, 2008, 6:17 p.m. CST
I love it how they're packaging this to fool the young'uns into thinking it isn't cheap nasty campy Fatman and Gaybo, the dynamic duo. The black and red cover had me confused for a second. Looks like Batman Beyond at first glance.
July 1, 2008, 6:26 p.m. CST
That is all.
July 1, 2008, 8:15 p.m. CST
Thanks for the Weeds recommendation!!!!Burned through 3 seasons in 4 days! Thought I'd have to wait 'til next year to continue(too cheap to get Showtime)but a dear friend has tivo so I'll catch season 4 in monthly increments! Thanks again!
July 1, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST
Thanks for those links earlier...fuckin' unbelievable.No BSG.Kirsten Bell was the best part of Heroes season 2,thought she'd get a nom. I can feel your pain.
July 1, 2008, 9:27 p.m. CST
to keep these semifinal 10's under lock and key. Feel bad for no Michael Williams' Omar as well for the Wire. Imagine what's gonna happen when lead actor/actress in a drama are leaked and neither Olmos or McDonnell will be among them. <p> I didn't expect Bell to actually get a nomination, but at least just to get to the semifinal 10. As a realist, nobody from Heroes was going to get invited to the Emmy dance, not after its precipitous fall from quality last season...
July 1, 2008, 9:48 p.m. CST
That Duckman is one week closer to release. Put your down DOWN and thrust your pelvis HAH!
July 1, 2008, 9:59 p.m. CST
July 1, 2008, 10:01 p.m. CST
She wanted to come back to the show; KB didn't go all Katherine Heigl on them; it just seems management's more keen on propping up Maya, among other stuff, to ram her down our throats. They didn't try hard enough to keep her. Here's hoping Elle isn't sacrificed at the altar of Sylar.
July 1, 2008, 10:09 p.m. CST
I figured she would make the top 10.Bad choice of words on my part.Dumped HBO after sopranos finale,so,I've never seen the Wire. Keeping my fingers crossed for lead actor/actress top 10. Thanks again.
July 1, 2008, 10:11 p.m. CST
no love for the Unc on here? true, who can afford the whole thing, but i went to Amazon and saw that you can get season 1.(price for that is a little too high for me) but i'll probably hold off untill christmas or summer next year as my sis has a tendency to float amazon gift cards my way for the holidays and my birthday which i can apply to my purchases. (case in point, my birthday was june 30th and The Invaders season 1 and two paperback sequels to Asmimov's Foundation trilogy by other writers is winging their way to my domicle even as we speak. total cost to me: 10 bucks. sweet. now i just have to not get carried away when my stimulus package comes in this month. (not much chance of that happening with some medical bills, credit cards, etc. rearing their ugly heads. Uncle will be interesting from the stand point, that alot of old shows have been rerun to death over the years but not Uncle due to studio incompetence. (i'm suprised that a remake of that isn't being talked about.) oh, and one more thing: no PRISONER remakes please. they all sound like ASS!!
July 1, 2008, 10:25 p.m. CST
episodes of the year. I seem to recall hearing that it would be a recurring role.Possible future appearances?
July 1, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST
unconfirmed report Mary McDonnell made the semifinal 10 for BSG. <p> http://tinyurl.com/6pjgq6
July 1, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST
July 2, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST
not one thing in californication rings true...not one...its a fucking middle aged man's fantasy show...and please, will someone, anyone, show me a writer that thinks blogging is bullshit...im talking a writer with an audience...madmen captured the time better than any show before...it was like watching a twisted mix of the apartment and how to succeed in buisness without really trying...and no, journeyman doesnt compare...and come on, when is someone gonna do the movie remake of the man from uncle...isnt it time to rape the rest of my childhood? thank you
July 2, 2008, 5:06 a.m. CST
I concur , Paramount and HBO are out of their minds when they price thier DVD sets. The Sopranos , Carnivale , Star Trek etc..all wayy wayy overpriced. By double almost when they first release..anyone who pays that kind of money is nuts..those overpriced DVD's get downloaded as a show of my disgust.
July 2, 2008, 6:06 a.m. CST
not that they are comparable cause californication is a dramedy. Well written and played, with interesting characters and sometimes funny as hell. As great as Mad Mens frist season was, it relied (as i said before) too much on style over substance. Yes it was extremly stylish, cool, also well written and it "captured the time better than any show before" but except Kartheiser the male supporting characters were pretty shallow and interchangeable. Only in the last few episodes there was a little character development. The shows look and atmosphere is stunning ...unfortunately the writers know that and get a bit lazy. A little more humour also would't hurt. Last but not least and very subjective. Hank Moody is a self centered, whiny asshole. But a likeable one. Draper is interesting and maybe one of the coolest characters on tv but he is just an asshole. Would't mind me if he gets fired.
July 2, 2008, 6:52 a.m. CST
Unwitting Parent: "Ok, ah...here it is. Black cover with Modern looking logo and no pictures of fat/camp 60's dudes on the cover, in the new release section. Must be the one! I hear Heath Ledger's in it!". Ka-Ching!!
July 2, 2008, 8:43 a.m. CST
by Real Deal
Well I'm guessing most of the people on here don't know or are too young to remember TMFU. I for one have been waiting for this with great anticipation. Now that I've got The Invaders season 1 I'm approaching having all the old TV series I've craved for years. However UNCLE is something special. They hardly ever show it anymore ( Just like the Wild Wild West which I just completed ).
July 2, 2008, 10:30 a.m. CST
Seriously, you drooling fanboys need to get over it. Bell was merely adequate in an underwritten role in a bad season of a genre show. She was in NO WAY deserving of an Emmy nod. She was barely deserving of special billing. I think she's awesome, but that was not her best work and that character was borderline throwaway.
July 2, 2008, 10:35 a.m. CST
I'd love to know. From where I was sitting, she was just another pretty face bad girl. Woo-hoo. BFD. I also hope she doesn't get killed by Sylar because the only character less interesting than Elle is that guy. Here's hoping Parkman goes Scanners on us and blows up Elle's skull...
July 2, 2008, 10:49 a.m. CST
Nominees for the Drama lead acting categories have trickled out: <p>Best Actress: http://tinyurl.com/63kove<p> Best Actor: http://tinyurl.com/69w5lp
July 2, 2008, 10:59 a.m. CST
out of the least. She was clearly Heroes' best actress last season, along with Cristine Rose's Mama Petrelli. I was merely hoping for a semifinal 10 mention. A nomination itself was not feasible, not this year.
July 2, 2008, 11:02 a.m. CST
I guess this guy from TV Without Pity expressed it better than I could, admittedly: <p> "I'm convinced hardly any other actress could have made Elle as interesting as she is. The writers are generally horrible on this show, especially when it comes to character and dialogue, and on paper Elle is really no better than West. But, you take a guy like Nick who I'm sure could really be a fine actor with halfway decent writing (and has been surprisingly really likeable on the rare occasion the writers have given him anything but creepy romantic speeches that simultaneously evoked Magneto and Anakin Skywalker circa Episode II) and he really just flounders most of the time. Same with Maya. <p> "On paper, Elle reads like a West-like trainwreck, and the fact that we're all genuinely interested in what’s gonna happen to her instead (of) rooting for her to get the hell off our screens (as with West and Maya) is a testament to how much ass Kristen Bell kicks." <p>
July 2, 2008, 11:09 a.m. CST
Pretty much the usual suspects: http://tinyurl.com/6f8arw
July 2, 2008, 1:35 p.m. CST
by Rickey Henderson
Jesus, they went and ripped off "Thundercats" when Rickey wasn't looking? Bastards.
July 2, 2008, 2:54 p.m. CST
That show looks fantastic. Its the swinging sixties and a sexy gal takes over her late father's hi-tech private investigation firm. And she's accompanied by her pet ocelot. You can't pitch this stuff anymore. I really want to see this. I'd never heard of it before. Anyone seen it?
July 2, 2008, 2:56 p.m. CST
Damn you Honey West! Damn, you fine!
July 2, 2008, 5:09 p.m. CST
with a woman and her pet ocelot? Called Bruce? ...damn that's something I might pick up!
July 2, 2008, 6:30 p.m. CST
"but except Kartheiser the male supporting characters were pretty shallow and interchangeable." ummm, thats the whole fucking point...individualism wasnt encouraged back then...so of course the associates look and act the same...christ, take a look at old photos of the ibm sales force...fucking clone wars...i sat and talked to my dad after i sent him the show on dvd...he told me he knew most of those guys...and no hank is not a lovable scab...he is a straight out ahole, he revels in it, and no one questions his behavior...shoot, if the final epi wasnt a fantasy piece, he ends up getting everything he desires, and life aint like that, can you really relate to hank? cuz i sure as fuck cant...draper is an ahole, cuz he thinks he has to be...a man without a past or a father, who patterns his behavior on the only man he sees as a father figure, his boss...
July 2, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST
i guess you and i are just old farts. i think TMFU came out in 65 which would have made me 9 years old! (yea, i'm 51. time flies when you're having fun.) which would have made me 12 when the series finished it's 4 year run and i can't remember anything more about it other than a MAD magazine parady and thinking i caught an ep late at night when in actuality it was one of the UNCLE movies (not sure how many of them there were.) so when i get season 1, it'll all seem new to me (even though it's old.) Now that's cool news (to quote the ahole who keeps cutting n pasting the same thing over n over like a mofo. i own about 20 series at this point but not complete sets of everything, i only have the first two seasons of Wild Wild West and Voyage to the Bottom of Richard Basehart's career, although in the case of Wild, i'll probably finish that up some day. also have individual discs of X-files, deep space nine and buffy that the local Movie Stop has been selling for 2.00 a pop which is weird. (of course now with Buffy as cheap as it is i regret spending the 10.00 for five discs from season 2.) oh well, hindsights 20/20! As for Honey West, i also vaguely recall that. My only problem with it is i read a review on Amazon which said that even though Anne Francis's character knew kung fu and judo, it's a body double doing the fighting (AND IT'S A DUDE!) and can clearly be seen as a dude in a wig from the back. That kind of shoddiness totally turns me off. At least try to be realistic guys or you'll break the fantasy. Of course in the 60s, you had seasons of shows of up to 30 episodes, longer duration within the hour and not constantly broken up like Lost or BSG so that you're waiting forever for a season to be over. So even though genre series are more realistic than the Irwin Allen days, the cost of the episodes puts a crimp in things. oh well, it's only TV....
July 3, 2008, 8:19 p.m. CST
I know it's been said but geez. That's false advertising and completely wrong design for that movie.
July 6, 2008, 4:03 p.m. CST
also some good deals this past weekend at some of the stores on movies. only two days after i got superman for like 8 bucks at borders, circuit city was selling superman 2 (donner cut) for 7 bucks (sweet). of course they were also selling supes 3 & 4 for the same price but i'm not that big a completist on some things (especially being that there was a marked drop in quality after the first two films.) reeve of course was great in all of them! as for x-files, not a super completist on those. as i said uptop i picked up individual used discs for like 2 bucks a pop at MovieStop. (so far disc 1 from season 1, naturally cost more 4.00,then disc 4 from season 3, disc 3 from 3 and disc 4 from season 6. so far they aren't doing the freeze-up thing which is always a risk with used discs but i'll probably wait a month and go back in and see if they have more x-files,buffy, etc. helluva lot easier on my wallet doing it that way! they had some discs from alias and charmed but i gave them a pass. is charmed even any good. i saw a few seconds of that when i channel-surfed and thought: "why does this seem like a poor man's buffy to me?"