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Seven Hours of Television Brings Great Writing, from 'Game of Thrones' to 'Nurse Jackie'

With the possible exception of baseball playoffs, I’ve never spent an entire day watching television. But family emergencies caused me to lose a week’s viewing, the weather in Brooklyn was miserable, and I found myself in front of the set, desperately trying to catch up with two Sundays worth of drama.
  • By Terry Curtis Fox
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  • June 5, 2012 3:17 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 12 Review and Recap: When 'Commissions and Fees' Demand the Most Terrible Price

"Please don't stick around to see me when I'm feelin' low. Don't pass the cards to me to deal the crashing blow. I'll leave and close the door so you won't see me go." - The Lovin' Spoonful
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 4, 2012 6:23 AM
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"Mad Men" Episode 11 Review and Recap: "The Other Woman," Something Beautiful You Can Cruelly Own

Every season of "Mad Men" has an iconic episode. In Season 1, it's "The Wheel." In Season 4, "The Suitcase." In Season 5, I was confident it would be "Mystery Date." And then I saw "The Other Woman."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 28, 2012 6:30 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 10 Review and Recap: Lane, Joan and Harry Dance the 'Christmas Waltz' on Thin Ice

'Tis the season to know not what you want, just that you're wanting.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 21, 2012 6:02 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 9 Review and Recap: Eating and Competing in the 'Dark Shadows'

"It's every man for himself."
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 14, 2012 5:44 AM
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Mad Men Episode 8 Review and Recap: In 'Lady Lazarus,' Don and Pete See the Abyss

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, the prospect of performing is liberating for some and confusing for others. Meanwhile, a few outliers are gravely tired of the roles fate has assigned them.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • May 8, 2012 1:09 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 6 Review and Recap: 'Far Away Places' and Wrinkles in Time

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, the blissful promise of escape tempts Don, Peggy and Roger. Yet time is a prison -- and keeps us guessing.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 23, 2012 5:42 AM
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Now and Then: The Mad-As-Hell Women of Mad Men

History is not the most useful dramatic backdrop for a television show. It is, really, just one big spoiler alert: we already know what happens. But "Mad Men" is canny enough to twist this problem to its advantage, letting the past knock on the door in the middle of the night.
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 9, 2012 4:29 PM
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'Mad Men' Episode 4 Review and Recap: Joan Opens Door to 'Mystery Date'--Dream or Dud?

In Sunday's all-new "Mad Men" episode, anticipation and fear reigned. As did two of Alfred Hitchcock's favorite fixations: Murders and mothers. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 9, 2012 4:56 AM
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'Mad Men' Episode 3 Review and Recap: Reading 60s 'Tea Leaves'

In Sunday night's all-new episode of "Mad Men," Betty returns, Peggy makes a new hire and Don gathers no moss at a Rolling Stones concert. Spoilers ahead!
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • April 2, 2012 12:49 PM
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