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The screener for tonight’s 2-hour premiere of “Mad Men” came to the Coaxial offices with a letter from series mastermind Matt Weiner. Weiner’s missive included a vexing list of things he did not want critics to speak of.

AMC apparently labors under similar restrictions. The channel is making available to the public no season-five footage. The channel’s description of the episode, “A Little Kiss,” is plenty vague:

The staff at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce continues to captivate as they grapple with an uncertain new reality.

Happily we are permitted to say it is quite an entertaining installment (the series’ first two-hour affair ever) and so packed with plot and incident it fairly flies by.

I can also say it does not feel like two episodes of “Mad Men” aired back to back. It also feels very self-contained, a good installment to jump into if you’ve not seen any earlier episodes.

* The episode’s length allows most of the major characters meaty storylines.

* The episode begins in an ad agency not called Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce and ends with Lane collecting resumes.

* The Huffington Post’s screwball theory that the fifth season may be set in 1954 is mad, man.

* Zooby Zooby Zoo.


HBO says of tonight’s “Luck” season finale:

Gus takes extraordinary precautions to protect his boss. As Jerry (Jason Gedrick) maps out a strategy for another big score, Escalante preps his race-day horses while keeping an anxious ear out for news about Jo, who’s still in the hospital. Renzo welcomes his mother to town. Mon Gateau runs his biggest race yet. Later, Ace and Gus join an expectant crowd for the epic showdown between the two stars of Santa Anita, Ace and Gus’ Pint of Plain and Walter’s Gettin’Up Morning. Written by Eric Roth; directed by Mimi Leder.

* The episode begins with Gus reading about “an unidentified man found in the ocean off Marina Del Rey.”

* The big races employ their share of slow-motion photography.

* Mercedes Ruehl, who played Vincent Chase’s mom on HBO’s “Entourage,” joins the “Luck” cast tonight as Julietta Caligari, mother of Renzo.

* Barry Shabaka Henley is back as Ace’s parole officer. Joan Allen’s back as Claire Lachey. Dennis Dun is done; Leo Chan does not return this week.

* This episode is wholly devoid of Kerry Condon nudity, but there is nudity. And Dire Straits.

* How does it end? “That goat strolled by this guy’s stall.”

* I’ve decided this is not one of HBO’s better shows.



Premiering tonight:

Loiter Squad (10:30pm Cartoon Network) is a new sketch show from "Jackass" producer Jeff Tremaine.


* “The Walking Dead” hit a new personal best with last week’s season finale. “Talking Dead,” which didn’t have “Comic Book Men” between it and “Walking Dead” for the first time this year, beat everything on broadcast at 10 p.m.

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  • March 25, 2012, 4:31 a.m. CST

    Yay Mad Men, can't wait.

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

  • March 25, 2012, 5:27 a.m. CST

    I've tried to like Mad Men, but I've always found it to be incredibly dull.

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    It's simply not an interesting show. I've often wondered about the type of people who could derive some sort of entertainment from a show like that. On another note, what is there to watch on Sundays now that Walking Dead is done for the season? I looked at that long list of shows and their ratings, but there isn't much to recommend from it.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by AshokForgiven

    Mad Men? ZZZzzz... Dull, and all style and zero substance. Skip. Wake me up when Breaking Bad is back.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:02 a.m. CST


    by AshokForgiven

    Btw, are you watching Fringe on FOX? If not, WATCH IT. NOW!!!

  • March 25, 2012, 6:31 a.m. CST

    Ashokforgiven, I've watched a few episodes of Fringe.

    by I_Love_LanaLang

    It's a frustrating situation. I watched a couple of episodes from the first season, but I was underwhelmed - to say the least. Then, people on these talkbacks kept mentioning that the first season of Fringe was uninteresting, but the second season is where the show begins to hit its stride. So, I watched an episode from season 2, but, again, it did nothing for me. Meanwhile, talkbackers continued to RAVE about the show. I really do love quality sci-fi, so I thought I'd give it another shot and dive into the current season. I watched an episode a few weeks ago that was about multiple universes merging into each other and a town disappearing due to that cataclysm. I was left confused from not knowing the backstory, and I decided to drop the series yet again. To be honest, I don't care for the main actors on the show, especially the dad/scientist guy. He annoys me.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST

    Mad Men

    by CatoTheCensor

    I've often wondered about the type of people who could derive some sort of entertainment from a show like that.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:49 a.m. CST


    by CatoTheCensor

    That post was supposed to include a response to the quote above...something like, are you fucking kidding me?

  • March 25, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST

    Mad Men is for people who have lives, for good or ill

    by PotSmokinAlien

    Most people who watch Mad Men have plenty of other stuff to worry about besides whether a TV show they like is up to their personal standards of quality and direction of plot. It's a show whose life cycle, for once, isn't chained to making sure the demanding-but-extremely-loyal 'geek demographic' gets what it wants. The drawback is that it ain't exactly The Wire. For every interesting minute of Mad Men, there's 40 more of not much happening. We'll spin the wheels with many once-compelling 'characters' who are getting a little threadbare, maybe Weiner will shoehorn in some stuff from his own life... Season 4 was pretty much "Hey, *something's* gotta happen this week, right? ...Oh wait, turns out we still get paid if nothing happens, too" all the way through. But what are ya gonna do. People like this show because watching it makes them feel sophisticated, and there are worse ways to spend an hour.

  • The copy editors at AMC continue to flounder as they grapple with an uncertain grasp of English grammar.

  • March 25, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    That's not a staff THIS is a staff!

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla


  • March 25, 2012, 7:11 a.m. CST

    Eric Roth

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    Has an A-List resume as a Hollywood screenwriter so if he's credited with a script on a David Milch show can we for once assume that he wrote some of it?

  • March 25, 2012, 7:24 a.m. CST


    by CatoTheCensor

    There's no grammatical issue with that sentence. What do you mean?

  • And, of course, the women. Those beautiful, beautiful women.

  • March 25, 2012, 8:21 a.m. CST

    RE: It's simply not an interesting show.

    by Mr. Nice Gaius

    Wow...spoken like a truly, emotionally stunted individual. Much like Ashokforgiven's apparent need for 'splosions or people getting whacked as a qualifier for entertainment.

  • March 25, 2012, 8:24 a.m. CST

    That HuffPo theory is bogus

    by OutsideChance

    EW did a review of the 1st episode and specifically mentioned it involved Don still together with the secretary he got engaged to last season. Furthermore, Pete and Peggy were teenagers in 1954. So if the show did a time jump backwards they'd be written out. Therefore at most there might be a flashback scene set in 54 but not the entire season

  • March 25, 2012, 8:44 a.m. CST

    Mad Men=Adult drama entertainment. Nuff said.

    by Cedric Ford

  • March 25, 2012, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Can't wait

    by mrgreentheplant

    Best show on tv, though to be fair I'm only on season 2 of breaking bad. I actually like the Sally/ glen thing, it's one of the most uncomfortable yet compelling storylines of the show. God that kid is creepy though

  • March 25, 2012, 9:20 a.m. CST

    People who dismiss Mad Men

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    I've grown to love reading these comments. "Nothing happens", etc ... Good lord.

  • March 25, 2012, 9:24 a.m. CST

    Mad Men = Best Show on TV by a country mile

    by huskerdu2

    Breaking Bad is a close second, but those two shows and their respective casts/creatives teams are so far ahead of the competition it isn't even funny.

  • March 25, 2012, 9:32 a.m. CST

    The funny thing about Mad Men is that it's all a trick.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Watching the first season of Downton Abbey on DVD revealed this to me. The trick goes like this: If you make an ensemble period drama, devote a huge amount of effort to making the art, production and set design of the first few episodes absolutely stellar to the point of being beyond all human comprehension. Focus on the things from that time period that would be extremely interesting and have been largely forgotten and/or things everybody liked that have been superceded by later technologies, fashions, or trends. While everyone is distracted by your design capabilities, subtly get them interested in a soap opera about your characters. Once the audience is hooked, you don't have to make that great an effort any more. Keep the costumes right, throw in one or two really easy and obvious period references, and dial up the soap opera elements to 11. Voila. Hit show.

  • March 25, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    That's not saying Mad Men isn't great.

    by FluffyUnbound

    Just because it's a trick doesn't mean it isn't great. Mad Men has Allison Brie in period wear. Which means it beats all other shows, forever.

  • March 25, 2012, 9:35 a.m. CST

    It's just funny to me that...

    by FluffyUnbound

    ...Mad Men and Downton Abbey are essentially the same show. And that no one seems to notice this but me.

  • March 25, 2012, 9:40 a.m. CST

    Mad Men, THE GAME!!

    by adml_shake

    For anyone that hasn't had a chance, this interactive youtube game is a fucking riot.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:10 a.m. CST

    I wouldn't say that MAD MEN is boring, but it does lack a certain oomph.

    by SnootyBoots

    I guess you could say it has it's own pace. Still, I've only seen the first season. Perhaps they pick things up later on.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:26 a.m. CST


    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    Of course it's grammatically incorrect. You're kidding, right?

  • March 25, 2012, 10:44 a.m. CST


    by Jbud

    I think siouxcitysarsaparilla was referring to the treatment of "staff" as singular in the first phrase but plural in the second

  • March 25, 2012, 10:45 a.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    probably takes issue with the phrase "uncertain reality" - not realizing that "uncertain" in this instance simply means "subject to change". Just a case of a poster trying to appear smarter than he is and failing miserably.

  • I've often wondered about the type of people who could derive some sort of entertainment from a pointless exercise in masochistic narcissism like that.

  • If you are under the age of 25, you wont like Mad Men. Its beyond you. You can cue up all the "It just makes you feel sophisticated to watch it blah blah blah" that you want, but the truth is, if you are under 25, your opinion means nothing on the show. Its not an elitist thing, its simply a true thing. If you havent had the chance to truly experience life, you cant relate. Which is ok, thats not an insult, I probably cant relate to or understand GCB, once again not an insult, just the truth.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:53 a.m. CST

    The staff

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    CONTINUES treats "the staff" as third person singular, which is conventional in American English, you'll notice this in the discrepancies between British and US news reports about sports teams. However, THEY treats "the staff" as third person plural, so we've changed grammatical person without the writer remembering the convention he applied to start the same sentence. In Britain this issue would resolve by using "continue" in place of "continues", in America, using "it" instead of "they" would render the whole construct clumsy. You could argue that "they" pertains to the agency, Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, and not the staff at the agency, but once again this would be the British way of saying it, so "it" would be preferable. The sentence just doesn't stand up to these contortions of tense, it's not elegant enough. If you're using "continues" it should be "grapples," not "grapple". The choice of "grapple" indicates that the word ought to be "continue." Reality bending indeed. The staff that wrote that sentence deserves to be fired. Or should that be the staff that wrote that sentence deserve to be fired. Don't ask them, they won't know.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:06 a.m. CST

    siouxcitysarsaparilla is correct

    by supertoyslast

    That sentence from AMC is clumsy. It should definitely be 'continue' rather than 'continues'.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:09 a.m. CST

    LOL @ the garbage man...

    by 3774

    Well done, sir. Spot on!

  • March 25, 2012, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Downton Abbey is not on the same level as Mad Men

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Downton Abbey is fun, almost campy. It has nowhere NEAR the amount of sophistication and depth of Mad Men.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:20 a.m. CST

    staff works

    by cocolopez

    fine colloquially as both singular and plural. It is one body made up of a number of individuals. I seriously doubt that anyone was confused or offended other than you. To nitpick on that level on a tv guide blurb put forth by AMC is ludicrous- not to mention that someone such as yourself so easily offended by "contortions of tense" is here talkbacking on this site- a hotbed of idiocy and grammatical failure if I've ever seen one.

  • I don't watch to feel sophisticated or anything ridiculous like that. That's something people who don't like Mad Men say to take jabs at people who do. Why do I watch? Great writing, great characters, great setting, great stories and I find the show entertaining. Same reason I watch Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones or any show I enjoy. Also, Mad Men can be laugh out loud funny at times, and can have surprisingly dark undertones. It's a great show coming off it's best season yet.

  • Glenn Rules. Fuck you

  • March 25, 2012, 11:36 a.m. CST

    that said

    by cocolopez

    you obviously are intelligent- my apology for suggesting otherwise- a bit too demanding however. I personally like little slips such as that- for it may be intentional. SCDP is a single unit- yet made up of such singular, colorful characters so that the usage of the term can be switched at the drop of a dime- imo. We are dealing with art here- in which convention can be dashed to bits and still stand depending on the viewer's (for this all concerns a tv show) reasoning. These little episode taglines that channels use are often purposely cryptic and confusing- I just don't see how you can look for and expect sterling grammatical accuracy in such a place.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:39 a.m. CST

    back on topic

    by cocolopez

    eagerly awaiting MM tonight. I thought that Don's choice for a wife was a fine one last finale- I can definitely see myself waking up to Pare's character every morning- she's beautiful and easygoing. Hopefully Don doesn't fuck this up- though surely he will.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:42 a.m. CST

    Creepy Glenn

    by Toe Jam

    Is actually played by Matt Wiener's son. And While the Sally-Glenn plot line was strange at first, it eventually became one of my favorites. Also, "Mad Men" is, without a doubt, a soap opera -- only with exquisite aesthetics, believable storylines and terrific acting. "Soap opera" has pretty much come to mean any dramatic show about personal relationships that doesn't also include some fantastical conceit like crime, aliens or monsters. Just because a show is considered a soap opera doesn't mean it can't be fucking stellar. I think anyone who doesn't enjoy "Mad Men" needs to realize a show doesn't need some bizarre, highly unlikely element in order to be gripping.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:59 a.m. CST

    The problem with Mad Men is that it doesnt have a plot

    by AshokForgiven

    I watched the entire show due to all the hype... Season 1 sort of had a VERY paper thin plot about Don having a secret identity as Dick Whitman... but again it's very thin and the show is really just about the period and the settings... I guess the fans don't have a problem with that which is fine, but the show isn't really about the actual story. I like shows that have a STORYLINE where each episode has a cliff hanger ending that leads into the next episode... like Game of Thrones. Mad Men doesn't even fall into that category.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:15 p.m. CST

    At least Once

    by Paul Paradis

    is on tonight. The rest of that isn't worth watching. Too bad The Yawning Dead isn't on tonight. I'll miss the temper tantrums the fanboys throw over the criticism it receives in here.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:19 p.m. CST

    IMDB has Don's fiance Megan listed for the whole season.

    by Voice O. Reason

    I'm guessing Jessica Pare is a regular now.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Didn't Cooper quit the agency?

    by Voice O. Reason

    Sterling Campbell Draper Pryce. Sterling Draper Pryce. Sterling Draper Pryce Campbell. Something.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:21 p.m. CST


    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    That’s what I love about Ain’t It Cool News: Whereas some might see there’s situational irony in the fact the characters the blurb describes all work for an advertising agency that cannot afford to be verbally careless, others will be sure to post some pompous nonsense about the “certain reality” that other people find them smart. Tell me, oh humourless, angry person on the internet, was I “confused and offended” when I said: “That’s not a staff THIS is a staff”? Coco Lopez, you might find instructive James Wood’s introductory discussion on authorial voice and how to deftly utilize shifts in tense and perspective to tease out the finer nuances of character and scene. It’s in his book How Fiction Works. It’s a terrible book, but we all need to start somewhere. Please take that literally. Plainly, you have a comprehension deficit when figurative language troubles your day. You are correct that Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce is in one sense a single entity comprised of many discrete individuals, and wrong about everything else. That includes how to use clauses and objects to construct a simple grammatical sentence. Understanding elementary rules is at first essential if you are to successfully break them, as the aphorism pertaining to James Joyce usually goes. Every talk-backer here who can crack a good one-liner can school you on that. Are you sure you aren’t mistaken, Coco Lopez? Are you sure it’s not you who inhabits a hotbed of idiocy and grammatical failure? Take a while to compose your answer; I don’t want you to feel offended as well as confused.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    Mad Men has the greatest ensemble of characters on TV

    by theGoldbergV

    I can't think of another show (save possibly The Wire) where I was this excited just to catch up with all the characters. They are all absolutely compelling and so what if it's a soap opera? It's the best fucking soap opera of all time.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:35 p.m. CST

    wrong about everything else?

    by cocolopez

    I said in an above post that the usage was fine colloquially- which means in the way people actually speak. I said that art - which the blurbs reflect- is open ended and not to be taken apart with your fine toothed grammatical comb. as for language troubling my day- that was you. My day is far from troubled- and I am far from being angered- I even apologized for saying you weren't intelligent- which isn't something I'd do if I was angry. You are clearly the one with your panties in a bunch. As for me being humourless- I just didn't find your "this is a staff" funny- I have a good sense of humour- to suggest I don't have one simply because I find you unfunny is to suggest that you're an authority on humour- which clearly you aren't.

  • March 25, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST

    I see you've played knifey spoony before.

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 12:41 p.m. CST


    by jsfithaca

    im under 25 and LOVE mad men. the reason people watch isn't because of the period or style, even if those are wonderful elements of the show. its becuase of pretty much everything therawbeatsdotcom said in his post. emphasis on great characters and great writing. don draper is the most compelling character on tv ever. also glenn is the creepiest little shit of a kid ive ever seen. while every time he comes on screen i go, fuuuuuck you mad men, ill admit his character does make me think at least as much as the other characters (with the exception of don of course).

  • March 25, 2012, 12:47 p.m. CST

    Thunderbolt Ross

    by FluffyUnbound

    A period ensemble drama, famous for its costume and set design, that uses one establishment's personal and professional relationships to illustrate historical conflicts of class and gender. OK...which show did I just describe?

  • March 25, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    Actually, "fat nerds" criticize "Mad Men"

    by MisterManReturns

    God, people, seriously? Some of you are trashing the show?

  • March 25, 2012, 12:50 p.m. CST

    to know

    by cocolopez

    what knifey spoony is does not necessitate my finding it funny.

  • Zoobilee Zoo!

  • March 25, 2012, 1:01 p.m. CST

    as for

    by cocolopez

    what successfully bends rules of grammar when dealing with art- that is for the eye of the beholder. I find Joyce a slog to work through. Sure, his writing was groundbreaking to popular fiction- but to what end? Would the ground he broke never have been broken otherwise? No. Every artistic convention that exists can and will be broken and reformatted to purpose eventually.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:04 p.m. CST

    Mad Men

    by NudeandAroused

    My theory was, and still is, that the show is about the women and not the men. Each passing episode one can see the growth of the female characters, while the guys are stuck in the past not understanding the way things are. Their solution is to drink, while Joan and Peggy are growing emotionally, professionally and intellectually. That being said, Jon Hamm has become a very good actor. In the first season all he did was stare. Much like George Clooney on ER, you can see Hamm expanding Don's/Dick's emotional reach in the show. It's a great show with complex characters. Will enjoy this season very much

  • March 25, 2012, 1:12 p.m. CST

    I find it

    by cocolopez

    partially misleading to read in some places that tonight's Mad Men is a two-hour premiere or a two hour episode- it's definitely two episodes back to back which will shorten this season's run to 12 weeks instead of 13. IMDB lists the two hour viewing tonight as two separate episodes- 5.1 and 5.2 with the season's last being 5.13. Don't get me wrong- as far as watching MM is concerned I prefer this- but I think that some will be misled into thinking that this is one episode- which is how I've seen it advertised- though not necessarily here.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:16 p.m. CST

    I'm struggling

    by cocolopez

    on if I should watch The Killing this season. I swore to myself that I wouldn't after that first season finale wound up being yet another improbable red herring- but damned if I'm not completely in love with Mireille Enos. She is a pleasure to watch and I wish strongly that she could play the same character in a better show.

  • March 25, 2012, 1:36 p.m. CST

    Cocolopez ...

    by Toe Jam

    Did you see the feature on "The Killing" in the most recent issue of Entertainment Weekly? They've got Enos looking all glamorous, and she really is stunningly gorgeous. She was very pretty even as a dowdy sister wife on "Big Love." Alan Ruck is a lucky man.

  • My problem with AMC's description of the episode is the the word "captivate". Who is being captivated by the staff at SCDP? Are they captivating their clients? Are they captivating Madison Ave and the world of advertising? Or is it the audience that is being captivated? If it's the audience, then it's not really a synopsis of the episode, it's more of a critique. It's the sort of thing a reviewer would say when describing how they felt when watching the episode (as opposed to simply summing up the events of the episode, even in the most vague and general terms). AMC is basically saying "The staff of SCDP are back, and charming as ever!".

  • March 25, 2012, 1:38 p.m. CST

    Luck "not one of HBO's better shows"?

    by newc0253

    It's certainly no Wire. Nor do i love it as much as Boardwalk Empire. But i'm a very long way from declaring as inferior to such HBO fare as Entourage. More importantly, what does Herc dislike about it, besides its propensity to kill horsies?

  • March 25, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST

    I've tried watching Madmen

    by K-Gin

    I just found each episode to be kind of depressing. The characters constantly disappoint. That is just my impression. I thought they caught some of the period quite well but I also think they failed on some levels by being topical instead of digging into the fact that although women may not have had the voice they have now, they were still individuals with power within the family group. Maybe the show has developed since the episodes I watched, but I just didn't care for it. That doesn't make me better or worse than anyone pissheads...its just an opinion.

  • March 25, 2012, 2 p.m. CST

    best part about Luck's finale- next week Game of Thrones

    by Titus05

    woot! woot! warlier I thought Herc said he liked 'Luck' and that it took 7 episodes or so for it to get good like Deadwood

  • March 25, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    toe jam

    by cocolopez

    I loved her in Big Love too in which she played identical twins- and yes she really is stunningly gorgeous. Thanks for the heads up on the EW feature- I'll look for it.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:01 p.m. CST

    also next week- AMC's The Killing returns

    by Titus05

    Who Killed Rosie Larsen?

  • March 25, 2012, 2:05 p.m. CST

    Luck was too Milchian for it's own good...

    by Somerichs

    Words I never thought I'd hear myself utter...

  • March 25, 2012, 2:06 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    I think it's a great show. Lyrical, moving, beautifully shot, and highly unusual. It's depressing to know that it's over already. If we're lucky then Milch will attribute his unlucky string to not properly finishing Deadwood- and perhaps we'll see a true ending to that after all before Milch tries a fifth (counting The Last of The Ninth) show at HBO. As to if it's one of "HBO's better shows" or not- IMO it certainly is. An example of one of their lesser shows is True Blood- which I can no longer bring myself to watch.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:14 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    I doubt despite what I've read here that those two season II episodes of Luck will actually air on the network- if HBO is smart though they will add those episodes to the Luck dvd set- and if they're even smarter they'll include the unaired pilot of Last of the Ninth as well. Those additions to the dvd/blu-ray set will virtually commit me to buying it.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:44 p.m. CST


    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    So, in summary, you inferred I was offended by a grammatical error, which you failed to spot, because when you read my posts, after I had written them, you did not find them funny, even though you understood I was making a joke, about the grammatical error, which you failed to spot. That’s straight up hilarious buddy, I don’t know how you keep a straight face. Except of course, I do understand. Ever seen the test for object permanence that psychologists perform? I think it was invented by Jean Piaget. It’s a bit like Peekaboo. One interesting variation of it could be that you show a film in which a child sees his stuffed toy placed under the bed. The child does not see what the audience sees, which is an adult move the toy from under the bed to inside a cupboard. The test is to ask a subject who observes this film how the child will answer the following question: Where is the stuffed toy? Autistic people usually say the child believes the toy is in the cupboard. You’re still making a category error about “the staff” by the way. There are literary devices such as synecdoche and metonymy which do play with the idea of individual parts representing the whole, but that line of advertising copy is not using those techniques and just has clumsy syntax. Thanks for pointing out one of us is trying to appear smarter than he is and failing miserably. I think you might be right about that. I apologise for pointing out one of us lacks a sense of humour. One of us does lack a sense of humour but it was rude of me to say so that’s why I apologise.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:48 p.m. CST

    One thing I HATED last season...

    by BizarroJerry

    The pregnancy storyline really aggravated me. While the show so far has been sort of a soap opera, that really brought it into Days of Our Lives territory. And there's no turning back from it now. Also, why is it that even on a show like this, the women all seem to get pregnant far too easily. Have all of the world's most fertile women ended up connected to this ad agency somehow? You don't get pregnant every time protection isn't used!

  • It's not something I personally have a problem with at all, but it simply isn't accessible to normal people whatsoever. You have to really be into that type of shit, or really be into horse-racing. Neither of which I would imagine are particularly huge demographics. I'd have loved to see it continue, but oh well. In a way I think he would have been better off simply making this a feature-length movie, written by Milch and directed by Mann. It could have been really cool, and a very unique idea.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:50 p.m. CST

    That's not Strangers in the Night...

    by BizarroJerry

    That would be dooby dooby doo.

  • March 25, 2012, 2:55 p.m. CST

    i_love_lanalang: Fringe...

    by BizarroJerry

    While I allow for the fact that you may just not like the show in any case, it is definitely not a good show for jumping into late into the game (even just 2 seasons in), which is one reason for its ratings not being great, I would say. And why it would be surprising it lasts another year. I can't imagine it being good in syndication, either. Which is why we get Law & Order / CSI clones all over TV. There's little knowledge of background needed. But I should add that if you don't like Walter, the "dad/scientist", it's pretty unlikely you'd ever like that show.

  • March 25, 2012, 3:14 p.m. CST

    Oh God

    by cocolopez

    Is your twat of a mouth still whimpering? I suggest you relax it or find a cock sufficient to fill it. Your failed logic implies that because you made a joke (which was unfunny) that it negates the fact that you were clearly complaining about the grammar- even suggesting that the writer of the blurb in instance be fired. Even more amusing is how complex your rebuttals are becoming- peppered with endless commas and references to studies and whatever other moan inducing examples you love to piss all over this talkback in an effort to appear brilliant. I retract my apology- you Sir are a fucking idiot- and have proven to be a humorless prig- unless humor of the "I'm smarter than you- ha!" variety is really considered the gold standard. You should have taken my apology while I afforded it- now you've damaged your status here by appearing to be the monocle clasped pretentious twazzer you are. You can pat yourself on the back though- job well done. In your fantasy realm everyone knows how smart you are- you didn't completely derail your points and you're highly amusing and captivating. I've come to learn that clown shoes come in all shapes and sizes -- the clown shoes you rock however are a fine fit. Continue your laborious rebuttals though- I'll pretend right now that I'll continue to humor them or even push through them in search of entertainment.

  • March 25, 2012, 3:53 p.m. CST

    Hope we see some Duck this season

    by celebritydave

    His melt down was outstanding!! It baffles me some of the shit Mad Men cops on this site. are there not enough wizards for some of you nerds? Same cunts who cant stand Boardwalk Empire i guess.

  • March 25, 2012, 4 p.m. CST

    Celebrity Dave

    by cocolopez

    well you know- Mad Men isn't The Walking Dead after all- a show that is infinitely cool merely because it has zombies- never mind the shit writing and acting. There's really nothing baffling though about talkbackers who slam quality television- it's an open forum- every jackass with a voice. If I'm amongst a small group of respected friends who share similar tastes and one person doesn't like Mad Men- I'd be partially baffled. This is world-fucking-wide though- and as George Carlin once said: "People are really fucking stupid".

  • March 25, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    New Once tonight.

    by Volllllume3

    Another show that recieves not enough love around these parts. Like Spartacus.

  • March 25, 2012, 4:13 p.m. CST

    I agree Once Upon A Time is Awesome!

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    Mad Hatter tonight!!!!

  • March 25, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    Oh Muhammad, that’s the irony. My pseudolabia is laborious, AND impregnable.

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 4:19 p.m. CST

    AGREED volllume3

    by nomihs

    Spartacus is fantastic. Yeah, I would've loved to see Andy Whitfield alive and in that role, but I can't. His replacement, IMHO, has got the chops but his physique needs some bulk. I just don't buy the fact that he was the hero of Capua. Also, just rewatched Season 4 on Netflix for a Mad Men refresh. BRING ON SEASON 5.!

  • March 25, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Amusing only yourself again, Sioux?

    by cocolopez

    How's that working out for you? As you stare into the screen with a fevered glint in your eye and giggle girlishly into an empty room- does it help with your social situation? You can laugh all you want privately at whom you consider the inferior-mided- it's ok. We'll have all the fun. Surely your weekends are doled out to curling up with your dog-eared 3rd copy of Ulysses.

  • March 25, 2012, 4:30 p.m. CST

    I prefer Dr Seuss

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    and yeah

    by cocolopez

    "inferior-mided" was a typo. How revolting. Perhaps I should be barred from talkbacking- just as surely as the writer of AMC's one line guide blurb should be fired for not performing up to your strict grammatical standards which include unnecessary comma redundancies such as "because when you read my posts, after I had written them" and strong Harry-esque examples of logic such as "I don’t know how you keep a straight face. Except of course, I do understand" -- we'll all try our best to not upset your mighty standards- on a movie geek website of all things.

  • March 25, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    what you prefer

    by cocolopez

    is a cock in your mouth. How's mine taste?

  • March 25, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    You have no taste

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 4:41 p.m. CST

    that's because

    by cocolopez

    I showered before I raped your face.

  • March 25, 2012, 4:44 p.m. CST

    Hey cocolopez

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    go and skull fuck yourself you motherless cunt

  • March 25, 2012, 4:45 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    aww- having a bad day? We were having so much fun an hour ago :)

  • March 25, 2012, 4:48 p.m. CST

    Yeah I know but you couldn't keep it up.

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 4:49 p.m. CST

    I love watching the self assumed intelligentsia lose their cool

    by cocolopez

  • March 25, 2012, 4:51 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    I love watching the self assumed intelligentsia lose its cool Take yer' pick!

  • March 25, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST


    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    You have no audience and you came off second best. You can't write a witty put down and you can't write a colourful obscenity and you can't pull your weight in a good discussion. You're pretty easy to manipulate though. Think twice about who is trolling who. Personally speaking, never watched a single episode of Mad Men.

  • March 25, 2012, 4:57 p.m. CST

    seriously though

    by cocolopez

    are your wrists chaffing? Because those ownage manacles I just slapped on you are about as cozy as I can make 'em. I'm treating you with kid gloves, Sioux ol' chap.

  • March 25, 2012, 5:06 p.m. CST

    You say

    by cocolopez

    troll like it's a good thing. You are the victor Sir! The most hideous bridge troll of the day! The rest of us losers must be merely contented with actually having thoughts with relative substance in the talkbacks we partake in. What losers- and what now sayeth of what I perceive to be your dwindling social life possibilities? From studying studies and reading Joyce and dissertations on the proper use of language and being the King of Wit to now trolling talkbacks to shows you don't even watch and doing it on the fucking WEEKEND- I mean, you must get laid quite a bit, right?

  • March 25, 2012, 5:18 p.m. CST

    I'll look for you Sioux.

    by cocolopez

    You are fun to rape. I'll look for you in other Harry's Place talkbacks and I'll make sure I'm wearing pants that are easy to slip out of so that we can start back where we left off- with the bell end of my cock corking your adam's apple.

  • March 25, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST

    You're out of your league pal.

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Looking forward to this LUCK finale

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    I felt the narrative hit its stride around episode four and episode seven was a neat reversal with the kid getting iced. Last week lagged, a little, but the critics who got the previews formed a consensus opinion that the finale paid off in style. One review compared the season as a whole to, dare I say it, Ulysses. I can't speak to that, the only Joyce I've read is Finnegan's Wake. I happen to know Milch is a bigger fan of his disciple, Beckett, he speaks well of the trilogy of novels, Molloy, Malone Dies and The Unnameable. There's a lecture where he gets into Beckett being thrown out of his mentor's house because he fucked the guy's schizophrenic daughter, which is a pretty big reversal of trust, and hey, how about that for steering this ship back on topic! I think, strangely, for a writer so renowned for his dialogue, my favourite moment of the series to date might have been the lengthy montage to classical music, it was beautiful. The running gag to end each episode with the homoerotic meditation on the nature of the ego falling asleep to finish each day is a neat exercise in anti-humour. Presumably it's the bridge to the darker side of Ace's nature that was planned to resurface in season two.

  • March 25, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    Oh god it's the soap opera debate again

    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Stop calling it a soap opera just so I don't have to hear about it anymore. There is absolutely no point

  • March 25, 2012, 5:34 p.m. CST


    by Thunderbolt Ross

    Game of Thrones What do I win

  • March 25, 2012, 5:38 p.m. CST

    the league of trolls?

    by cocolopez

    I don't even feign to be a member of that league Siouxy Q. I'm of a rarer league- the league that can appear both as trolls and actual contributing members. I've danced finely between both lines in the few forums I partake in. I'm known here by some as being one of AICN's most classic trolls (I'd even receive e-mails by some moes here who I've never even chatted with asking me to come back after I'd stopped posting years ago)- which is only because a good portion of forum haunts are popcorn chompers only looking for lulz- not the actual discussions. So sadly you're right in a sense when you suggest we're not in the same league. I also lack your pretension, your constant derailment of points, your lose of cool, your non-life, your misfired attempts at humor, your trying hard to glue together endless presumably impressive references to divert attention from the fact that you're responding to the most limited selection of another's points, your lack of relative substance. Sadly- I possess none of those fine qualities. But time dies when you're having fun. Unfortunately it's time to run. But fear not Sioux- all is not lost- for as I said, I'll look for you. You have such a purty mouth.

  • March 25, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST

    but since you steered onto topic

    by cocolopez

    I'll actually throw my hat in the ring for agreeing with you on your favorite moment in Luck- I was floored by that musical montage. One of the most inspiring bits I've even seen on any screen of any size.

  • March 25, 2012, 5:43 p.m. CST

    ~ I also lack your pretension ~

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    I'm known here by some as being one of AICN's most classic trolls (I'd even receive e-mails by some moes here who I've never even chatted with asking me to come back after I'd stopped posting years ago)

  • March 25, 2012, 5:44 p.m. CST

    ^^^^ Oh dear. Not very self aware, are you. LOL

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 5:47 p.m. CST

    It would be pretentious

    by cocolopez

    if I was exaggerating or if I myself thought it prestigious to be considered a classic troll- neither of which is the case. For such a professor on language- you get schooled quite a bit on definitions and semantics- don't you?

  • Not that he's pretentious or nothing.

  • March 25, 2012, 5:49 p.m. CST

    I take it all back, old sport, you DO have a sense of humour.

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla


  • March 25, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST

    not self aware?

    by cocolopez

    As in I said I was leaving because time dies when you're having fun? That meant the flame war ran out of steam when it was getting too sorry to watch you cuffed and chaffing- never said I actually wouldn't stay for good discussion. If I presumed correctly on your "not very-self aware" dig- then that's how many times now you've been corrected- and not by far-flung reasoning?

  • March 25, 2012, 5:54 p.m. CST

    yeah- grab the bullhorn

    by cocolopez

    and shout out loud about how you don't actually understand the definition of pretentious- you win again Sioux- Sunday's victor, right here. He of the esteemed "league".

  • March 25, 2012, 5:58 p.m. CST

    Dear Coco Lopez

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    We, the editorial staff at Webster's Dictionary, were so resoundingly impressed by your impeccable grammar and logic in the talk back at Aint It Cool News last Sunday that we simply HAD to write you this email to BEG you to come and work with us, right away. If it pleases you we are able to DOUBLE your current salary and appoint you executive director in charge of rewriting the English Language. Yours sincerely The Editors

  • March 25, 2012, 6:06 p.m. CST

    Siouxy Q

    by cocolopez

    Watching the many stages of your meltdown- from Captain Knowledge to lengthy far reaching references to smug self-amusing clandestine gags to losing your cool to the "colorful wit" of "go and skull fuck yourself you motherless cunt" to admitting you're a troll to then trying to be thread-relevant to grabbing a bullhorn and putting on a pathetic show in a last ditched effort to curry favor- it's been a real hoot. And all from such a purty mouth. You just ran the whole gauntlet for me- and you dressed up willingly in every outfit I laid out for you on the bed. Next week I'll make you my schoolgirl- and you'll do your hair up for me in pigtails. Handlebars, they call them.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:09 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr Lopez

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    The Oxford English Dictionary has become aware that international head hunters are currently recruiting you based on the linguistic virtuosity you display, countless times over, in the talk back section on Aint It Cool News. The OED is the most distinguished exemplar of the science of philology since work began in 1857, pioneered by another idiot savant named W C Minor, a criminal lunatic who compiled his definitions from his abode at the Broadmore Asylum for the Criminally Insane. Times have changed and we can guarantee that life at the sanatorium will be a lot more desirable for you in 2012 than it was in Mr Minor's day. You will be permitted several conjugal visits a day from a farm yard animal of your choosing and a bucket and a mop to clean the cum stains from your wall. We trust this is suitable to your needs and superior to the furnishings that are provided by your present situation. Please treat this email in confidence and do not boast about it on the internet. Faithfully, The Editors

  • March 25, 2012, 6:10 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    I read The Professor and the Madman too.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:16 p.m. CST

    let's see

    by cocolopez

    what other books you've read recently that you can shoehorn into the discussion- because certainly it makes you look smart- even though I've actually read the book you're referencing. Next I suppose you'll try to to tie an Erik Larson book into the discussion somehow? In the immortal words of Jack McCall in HBO's Deadwood: "I'm not impressed."

  • March 25, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    Handlebars, Siouxy.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:18 p.m. CST

    Dear Coco Lopez

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    This is the librarian at the New York Public Library BEGGING you to return our copy of the The Surgeon of Crowthorne by Simon Winchester. If you receive this email, please come and visit us at the library. Instead of charging you the standard overdue fee, perhaps we can come to an arrangement whereby you sleep with all of us in order to clear your debt, as you are by some considerable margin the most handsome man to whom we have issued a library card in the past twenty-five years. Regards All the staff at the New York Public Library

  • March 25, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Oh MY

    by cocolopez

    AND he knows the book's original title! Well, then. Maybe I am impressed after all.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    I'm really not sure that your audience is sold yet- perhaps you should spout some more references to books that you assume only you have read- they're right there man- you got them coming over to your side soon- maybe two more references should sell these non-believers.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:23 p.m. CST

    Dear Coco Lopez

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    This is Sergey Brin, at Google. I'm sending this email because I'm BEGGING you to stop using Gmail. Our servers just can't take any more Aint It Cool News talk backers sending you all that fan mail. Your myth has become an existential threat to the very fabric of the internet itself, and all of us here in Palo Alto are in awe of you and want to have your babies. Are you single? The staff, at Google.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST

    It was two e-mails

    by cocolopez

    If you must know- and if it was one less it wouldn't have been worth mentioning.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST

    by cocolopez

    "Now I know how to turn the crowd against Coco! By exploiting the fact that he said he was e-mailed asking him to return! They'll get indignant and they'll say WELL I DON'T EVEN KNOW THIS COCO who is he to say he received an e-mail! I've got him now! This is my shot- I'd be fool not to take it! Let me RIDE THIS HORSE INTO THE SUNSET for it's my best bet! and if that doesn't work- wow em' with references..." inside the mind of my whore ~ Siouxy Q ~ <3

  • March 25, 2012, 6:42 p.m. CST

    Dear Mr Lopez

    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

    This is the heiress to the Poodle Springs Kennel Fortune. I'm begging you to please stop humping my leg in broad daylight as it's frightening all the animals and putting them off their pedigree chum. I had a Labrador a lot like you as a child. He used to sniff all the other dog's backsides but ran away and cowered in the corner when they barked at him. My father shot him with an air rifle and we buried him in an unmarked grave. Occasionally, on a wistful summer night, I still hear Adelaide, yowling in the prairie breeze. I never forgave my father, the way that dog panted with floppy ears it lit up my world as a little girl. Now Adelaide has bones to gnaw upon for all eternity, and I have my fortune.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    that's the sound the audience makes when "comedy" falls frighteningly flat.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:50 p.m. CST

    Siouxy's Google

    by cocolopez

    is running overtime as she frantically cross-checks quotes and references and plays mad-lib with them for groan-inducing attempts at humour (humour with a second u- mind you- because Siouxy is of the intelligentsia). I got you working hard for me- like a good hoe should. And I better see every cent of the earnings or you're gonna be powdering up more bruises than you're used to.

  • March 25, 2012, 6:53 p.m. CST

    Did you get pears?

    by Shermdawg

    Did you get pears?

  • March 25, 2012, 7:01 p.m. CST


    by cocolopez

    as in mad-libbing book plots, referencing novels, and tearing from an exaggerated sense of elegance into "go and skull fuck yourself you motherless cunt"? Is that this creativity you speak of? If so- you've got me Sue. You win YET again. We can all learn from the master- and I thought it'd be a cold day in hell when my bitch taught me ANYTHING. Surprise makes life worth living. I love when you talk with my cock in your mouth.

  • March 25, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by SiouxCitySarsaparilla

  • March 25, 2012, 7:27 p.m. CST

    Ain't It Cool News: Come for the spoilers...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ....stay for the anonymous posters taking their personal issues out on popular culture and/or each other.

  • March 25, 2012, 7:30 p.m. CST

    1/2 hour

    by cocolopez

    1/2 hour til showtime- it's been- what- 17 fucking months since the last MM? Off to get cozy. Goodnight Sue- my sweet princess.

  • March 25, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST

    Can't believe they cut Walking Dead's budget

    by Dkev00

    for this piece of shit. Mad Men is one of the most over rated shows on TV.

  • Respect, bitches!!!

  • March 25, 2012, 8:44 p.m. CST

    Mad Men is great.

    by Shermdawg

    And regarding The Walking Dead's budget, after the ratings its pulled in this year, I'm sure their financial woes will soon be over.

  • March 25, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST

    Once Upon a Time/Roger Daltrey?

    by Gislef_crow

    So... that's it? They advertised his name in the promos, even above Sebastian Stan (Bucky!), but all we got were three slurred words. Why not just bring in Stephen Hawkings.

  • March 25, 2012, 9:09 p.m. CST

    bacon don't flatter yourself douche bag.

    by Dkev00

  • March 25, 2012, 9:32 p.m. CST

    What ever happened to staying on topic?

    by nomihs

    I don't mind a little banter between frenemies, but this Coco and Siouxcity show is just a touch much. And I watch both Mad Men and TWD, what does that make me? Every show has merit worth watching, it all depends on who deems it worthy. In the end, the choice isn't ours, but the network execs who keep it on the air. C'mon, why'd they cancel Terriers?!? That was a great show that got cut off way too soon.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:09 p.m. CST

    Next week: BETTY.

    by Voice O. Reason

    And maybe we'll see if Henry Francis ever took that job with Mayor Lindsey.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:41 p.m. CST

    I'd give it a "C"

    by mypalfish

    Completely average for this show. Almost seemed like a reboot for anyone who hadn't seen the show before. Maybe the break was too long? Has the show just run it's course?

  • March 25, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST


    by AshokForgiven

    "TWD" actually has a STORYLINE, some people actually like that show because it has a NARRATIVE that actually tells a story across several episodes and relies on more than fancy costumes and set designs. "Mad Men" is just a character drama, it really isn't even comparable with "TWD" in any way, shape, or form.

  • March 25, 2012, 10:48 p.m. CST

    60 Minutes

    by David Hinson

    I love this show. Been watching it for years. Such good reporting and captivating stories. If you haven't been watching it, you really should. I good dose of objective journalism is a good thing.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:03 p.m. CST

    Re-ran the opening credits and noticed...

    by Voice O. Reason

    ...That not just Megan is a series regular now, but also Rizzo and Henry Francis.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:20 p.m. CST

    They reference the movie Johnny Got His Gun

    by Mugato5150

    The movie Metallica's One is based on. That movie came out in 1971. I'm new to this show, is there time travel in it?

  • March 25, 2012, 11:34 p.m. CST



    Therefore, Mugato5150 can suck the big long pole of TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:38 p.m. CST



    He, too, shall know what it's like to be on the receiving end of TOTAL FUCKING DESTRUCTION.

  • March 25, 2012, 11:39 p.m. CST

    It is Zou Bisou Bisou, look it up.

    by McSatan

  • March 26, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST

    hopefully Game of Thrones will dethrone Mad Men at the Emmy's

    by Titus05

    no way is MM better then GoT (or even Breaking Bad) but the voters always downplay fantasy for 'reality'...the acting is also better in GoT next year's Best Drama and acting awards should be highly contested with Breaking Bad's final season sure to garner a lot of attention

  • March 26, 2012, 12:10 a.m. CST

    Jon Hamm is also not a great actor beyond Mad Men

    by Titus05

    he pretty much owns the Draper character like James Gandolfini did with Tony Soprano but outside of that bubble he is average at best...I saw Hamm in a few movies and he's stiff and has no charisma

  • March 26, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST

    Yeah Hamm was pretty wooden in The Town

    by AshokForgiven

    Not alot of charisma... and ya hopefully GoT will reign supreme this year along with BrBa. A shout out to John Noble would also be fantastic.

  • March 26, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Mad Men was a C-

    by FrodoFraggins

    It was very underwhelming. But then again the previous season was pretty lackluster as well.

  • March 26, 2012, 2:01 a.m. CST

    Luck actually ended far better than it had eveer been all season

    by FrodoFraggins

    They shouldn't of included Nolte's character, it was pointless and a waste of his talent. The gambling bozos were also pretty pointless. They instead should of focused on Hoffmans character and the jockeys/trainers. It would of been a more solid show but still canceled due to careless treatment of the horses.

  • March 26, 2012, 2:05 a.m. CST

    I can't believe they showed that baby's balls

    by Roger Moon

  • March 26, 2012, 2:18 a.m. CST

    Shameless was actually pretty solid

    by FrodoFraggins

    I thought it was the finale.

  • March 26, 2012, 2:19 a.m. CST

    Game of Thrones may beat Mad Men but not Breaking Bad

    by FrodoFraggins

    Maybe season 2 of GoT will surpass BB, but season one didn't.

  • March 26, 2012, 3:04 a.m. CST

    Shameless is the best show on

    by smokie

    it is a bit ridiculous at times but I love that fucking show

  • March 26, 2012, 3:34 a.m. CST

    Zou Bisou Bisou!

    by Hercules

    Well, that explains the episode's title!

  • March 26, 2012, 4:33 a.m. CST

    I enjoy how useless Roger is now, he's slowly becoming Bert Cooper.

    by Mel_Gibsons_Nazi_Dad

    I'm also enjoying Don turning into Roger and Pete turning into Don.

  • March 26, 2012, 6:37 a.m. CST

    Shameless took Mad Men's baby scrotum and raised it with...

    by DynamixRo

    ...multiple shots of down syndrome Asian baby's head coming out of vagina.

  • March 26, 2012, 9:48 a.m. CST

    I found nothing interesting...

    by Dkev00

    or likeable about Mad Men. All they do is fucking whine. Ohh I need a bigger office, ohhh I'm turning 40, ohhh your going to replace me. Really? Give me a fucking break. At least Game of Thrones starts next week.

  • March 26, 2012, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Bob's Burgers was kinda dull this week. Not nearly as good as last week.

    by Royston Lodge

    This week's episode about synchronized swimming wasn't nearly as eye-wateringly funny as last week's episode about the bank robbery.

  • March 26, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST

    It really is one of the best shows on television right now

    by al

  • March 26, 2012, 10:55 a.m. CST

    om fucking god...mad men is fucking DULL!

    by robamenta

    ive tried watching it and again last night...dull dull dull beyond words

  • March 26, 2012, 11:17 a.m. CST

    siouxcitysarsaparilla & cocolopez

    by al

    Christ I'm wet right now.

  • March 26, 2012, 11:51 a.m. CST

    "Marco.?..........Wahlberg!.." My shout out to Bob's Burgers for the week.

    by openthepodbaydoorshal

    Every episode has a line or reference that cracks me up big time. Sorry for the Mad Man interupt. I'm a fan, but without cable, I'll have to play catch-up.

  • March 26, 2012, 12:32 p.m. CST

    It looks like I'm the only one watching "House of Lies"... oh, well...

    by BrannigansLaw

  • March 26, 2012, 1:56 p.m. CST

    Lane is now my favorite character

    by Scorchy

    It's a show populated with characters who aren't exactly likable (in direct contrast to Justified, where even some of the villains are too damn likable - I'm looking at you, Arlo)....but Lane is pretty damn likable. The way he comforts Joan, shows her how appreciated (at least by him) she really is, and then doing the Zou Bissou Bissou dance for her....dude's awesome.

  • March 26, 2012, 2:46 p.m. CST

    mr price

    by darkpassenger

    mr price is my favorite character his scenes make me smile, joan looked awesome as always. (so hot)

  • March 26, 2012, 4:40 p.m. CST

    I'm watching House of Lies too!

    by Molly_Millionz

    @Branniganslaw, I'm watching House of Lies too and I love how dark it's getting!

  • March 26, 2012, 6:39 p.m. CST

    SHAMELESS killed!

    by film11

    I agree that this week's SHAMELESS seemed like a season finale...yet there's still one more to go! Jam-packed with shocks, surprises, quotable dialogue, and great turns from Louise Fletcher, Chloe Webb (rechanneling Spungen from her SID AND NANCY days) and Joan Cusack. (William Macy;s performance is a given.) This show is EASILY the best thing on TV...nothing else like it; totally unique. Surprised that it doesn't get more activity on the TBs...since many characters are probably just like some of those posting here. Has anyone watched the original British series? Is it as good? Better? Worth seeing? (I watched MAD MEN after this...but came off as dull. Maybe hard to really get into it after this week's SHAMELESS.)

  • March 26, 2012, 6:52 p.m. CST

    Mad Men does not need Ain't It Cool talkback approval

    by Hercules

    There's not a bona fide critic on the planet that doesn't have a huge boner for it. Four best drama wins in a row. Not nominations. Wins. Word to your mother.

  • March 26, 2012, 6:56 p.m. CST


    by film11

    And CHARIOTS OF FIRE won Best Picture Oscar over RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK. ORDINARY PEOPLE won Best Picture Oscar over RAGING BULL.

  • March 26, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Are Mad Men fans nuts?

    by daggor

    Mad Men was a snoozefest. Guy switches offices! Woman brings by newborn, chats with people! Lost wallet has pretty picture - wallet is returned! Lady cleans in underwear, then SIDEBOOB!!! Boring as all hell. Don;t get me started on Loiter Squad. The term "retarted" is thrown around loosely nowadays, but this show is genuinely for those with a very low I.Q.

  • March 26, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST


    by Hercules

    Are you under the impression Mad Men won the Oscar four years in a row?

  • March 26, 2012, 7:29 p.m. CST

    Mad Men is only great if...

    by bongo dummy

    Mad Men is only great if you consider it a soap opera. The episodes I've seen are kind of fun but are not really memorable or really deep. Where it bumps into deep has been as shallow as the characters are. It is a good show because it seems to work, storywise and the characters are interesting enough. But, the cliches ruin it all for me. I get why some people look forward to it and why some like it a lot. But, really. The isn't enough to make me care. In fact, I swear there was an 80s show about insecure people that also involved an ad agency. The shallow, self-absorbed culture of that show was probably not liked by some of the same people who like Mad Men. It is interesting to see how change happens with the characters but it is not that interesting beyond a soap opera level.

  • March 26, 2012, 7:33 p.m. CST

    That was one of the best episodes of Mad Men ever

    by theGoldbergV

    If you thought that was dull then this show really isn't for you. That was it firing on all cylinders

  • March 26, 2012, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Yeah, great episode.

    by TaisonX

    The people bitching about it being dull....are you new to the show? What you saw is the show, maybe it just isn't for you.

  • March 26, 2012, 7:46 p.m. CST

    I bet Lane

    by Truxton Spangler

    finds some money in the budget to hire one of the black applicants to be his secretary... And his dance was great, as was Paré's. Yow. Some seen to have missed the memo--the zombie show ended last week. Gonna catch up on Lies and Shameless tonight, since there's nothing else on.

  • March 26, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST


    by jsfithaca

    while i love mad men, the emmys also gave the wire zero best drama noms or acting noms, and only two writing noms. just saying. Also if BB doesn't win this year i will flip shit. season 4 was balls-out amazing. while the season premiere of mad men was entertaining, it didn't live up to my expectations. not sure if its becuase i have such high expectations for the show or because its been so long, or i got too excited about it.

  • March 26, 2012, 8:33 p.m. CST


    by tye dye mann

    The fact that it won four years in a row means jack-shit. It was NOT the best show for at least three of those years. That was Breaking Bad. Call a spade a spade. Mad Men is the best show that a majority of critics like. Which, again, means jack-shit.

  • March 27, 2012, 1:10 a.m. CST

    MAD MEN Problem with timeline

    by Mastidon

    So season 4 ended in 1965 and season 5 started in 1968, how is Joan's kid only a few months old when she was prego 3 years before?

  • March 27, 2012, 3:40 a.m. CST

    It was set in 1966

    by theGoldbergV

  • March 27, 2012, 6:43 a.m. CST


    by hst666

    You do realize that one distinction between literary fiction and genre fiction (and I will admit this is an oversimplification) is that literary fiction is character driven and genre fiction is plot-driven. Mad Men has a larger point to make about the changing period in which it is set. The actual plot elements are secondary. Yet even though they are secondary, all (or nearly all) the events that have happened are organic and compelling. Mad Men is one of the best shows TV has ever produced. With respect to Walking Dead, I have to agree with Cracked who identified it as a show you want to be great, rather than a show that is great.

  • March 27, 2012, 6:45 a.m. CST

    I will agree that the Emmy's are full of BS.

    by hst666

    As people's comments with respect to the Wire attest.

  • March 27, 2012, 7:48 a.m. CST


    by Aquatarkusman

    Emmy credibility! Brad Garrett is the best thespian and comedian on the plan, according to Hercules. Drop the zero and get with the hero! Yup! Yup! BTW, The Wire won precisely nothing! That proves it sucks compared to thirtysomething (1 win) and Cagney & Lacey (2 wins)! Go ninja, go ninja, go!

  • I could argue that Tim Olyphant could have easily won for the first 2 seasons of Justified, but Cranston, IMO, has shown the most diversity in his role as Walter White. But yes, using Emmy wins as a benchmark for quality is as justified as using box office returns for quality. Pretty slippery AICN.

  • March 27, 2012, 11:23 a.m. CST

    "Say hello to Morticia and Lurch for me." Classic!

    by MrEkoLetMeLive

  • They switched houses (Pete now has the 60+ minute commute into Mahattan-just from Conn. not Ossining NY, while Don lives in an apartment), Pete is staying away from home while all Don wants to do is stay home and bang his wife. Jessica Pare sporting the same hair cut as seen in "Blow-Up" and "The Knack...and How to Get It" was a nice touch. And Christina, MY GOD THAT IS SOME WOMAN! Ok, sorry, got distracted by the eye-candy. Except for Campbell's plaid jacket at the party. That wasn't eye-candy. Thank goodness that look did not catch on when Kobie Bryant tried to bring it back a couple of years ago. Those that are wondering why they made such a big deal about office size, have you ever worked in Corporate America? This fight happens to this day. This ep. just set out the players on the board. Roger and Pete will be locked in a petty struggle for power, Lane will find another mistress, Joan and Peggy will fill the vacuum and be the real brains of the business, and Megan will have a hard time dealing with the age gap between her and her husband. ----later----m