Category Archives: Mad Men

Of or pertaining to Anne B’s obsession with “Mad Men”.

At Last, Season Five!

It’s finally here: season five of Mad Men starts on Sunday, March 25, with a two-hour season premiere. As we anticipate the return of our favorite series, Mad Men fans on Basket of Kisses are revisiting the moments that resonated with us most in she show’s first four seasons.

I joined other Basketwriters in writing a post on these moments for the video blog Press Play. Find the post here, and our Basketcase countdown of the top five Mad Men moments here.

And for goodness sake, don’t forget to watch on Sunday night, as our 17-month wait finally ends!


Get Your Dose of ‘Mad Men’ Right Here

PBS is broadcasting a four-week series on classic TV characters. On Sunday the 13th we will encounter “The Misfit”, but we have already met “Independent Woman” and “The Man Of The House”. (Rarely seen in the same place, but a great team, I find.)

I discuss “The Man Of The House” here. If you like sharp analysis, loving recollections by smart people, and lingering close-ups of Jon Hamm, you should watch it.

I’m down to once-a-day viewings, myself.

The Comedy of Emmys

The Mad Men cast knows: Start knocking 'em back for Emmy night now.

They’re out, this morning.  Read the Emmy nominations, or a digest of same.  Another digest, by one of my favorite writers, is here.  She knows what she likes but she is very fair-minded, which is more than I can say for me.

I take sides.  I know what I like and I don’t mince words.  I believe that great acting of the dramatic type comes from real pain – that people who led securely-attached, relatively uneventful lives in their youth make lousy actors.  The least the Emmy voters can do is toss Jon Hamm (Don Draper) an Emmy Award, for having opened still another artery on camera (see Mad Men Season 3, Episode 11:  The Gypsy And The Hobo).

Good actors don’t do what they do by adding layers of character atop their own:  they remove them.  They revealJon Hamm is great at doing this.

Others on the show are nominated for awards, Continue reading