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'Mad Men' Season 7 Begins: Everything You Need to Read and Watch Before Sunday's Premiere

With the seventh and final season premiere of "Mad Men" mere days -- or its first half, anyway -- catch up with Sterling Cooper & Partners this weekend by binge-watching the sixth season, now available to stream on Netflix. Here's what you need to know, read and watch before season seven hits AMC on April 13.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • April 11, 2014 4:59 PM
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The Top Ten 'Mad Men' Episodes (So Far)

"Mad Men" is a series with relatively little interest in picking up exactly where we left off last week. Indeed, AMC's flagship drama, which begins its seventh and final season on Sunday, delights in the episode as an art form unto itself. Here, with the requisite caveat that rankings are silly and subjective as well as good fun, are the ten best:
  • By Matt Brennan
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  • April 9, 2014 1:20 PM
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Things I Learned at the 'Mad Men' Season Seven Premiere, Review Roundup: "The beginning of the end" (TRAILER)

My favorite moment at the "Mad Men" Season Seven premiere: when AMC president Charles Collier asked the sprawling ensemble to rise from their seats at Hollywood's Arclight Theatre, Jon Hamm (Don Draper) and Kevin Rahm (Ted Chaough) caught sight of each other standing in the same row and waved. The Emmy-winning series is being celebrated by Time and Variety cover stories, Diane Sawyer's World News Tonight and Good Morning America before the final season of "Mad Men" debuts on April 13. (Trailer, poster and review round-up are below.)
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 3, 2014 3:19 PM
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Matthew Weiner Talks Writing Women and Race in 'Mad Men,' Criticisms of Don's Storyline and More

As Part 1 of "Mad Men" Season 7 debuts April 13, James Poniewozik of TIME sat down with showrunner Matthew Weiner to talk everything about the show -- from viewer criticisms of Don's story arc last season, to writing women, race and how to handle those those too well-known moments from 1960s history without succumbing to cliches. Interview highlights below -- and don't worry "MM" diehards, there are NO SPOILERS.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • March 27, 2014 1:01 PM
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WATCH: Hypnotic New 'Mad Men' Season 7 Trailer

Yet another maddeningly elliptical teaser has arrived for "Mad Men" season 7, set to premiere on AMC on April 13. Watch as everybody's favorite existential stress-cases disembark taxis and planes outside a sun-soaked airport.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • March 19, 2014 4:45 PM
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'Mad Men' Adds 'Chinatown' Screenwriter Robert Towne to Writing Staff for Two-Part Seventh Season

Along with yesterday's news that the seventh and final season of AMC's "Mad Men" will be broken into two seven-episode batches, to unspool over spring 2014 and spring 2015, showrunner Matthew Weiner also announced that veteran screenwriter Robert Towne ("Chinatown") is one of the new additions to the show's writing staff.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • September 18, 2013 12:26 PM
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Review and Roundup: Matthew Weiner Misfires with Critically Panned 'You Are Here'

Matthew Weiner's contemporary comedy "You Are Here," an exploration of male friendship starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis, doesn't work. How could the creator of "Mad Men" so miss the mark?
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • September 10, 2013 1:44 PM
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EMMY WATCH: 'Mad Men' Creator Weiner Talks Emotionally Turbulent Season Six Finale

"Mad Men" capped off its sixth and perhaps most divisive season Sunday evening on a surprisingly uplifting note given the wringer of hell the AMC series has put Don Draper, and us, through. After the finale aired last night, press interviews with show runner Weiner regarding "In Care Of" were published en masse. The series creator talked about the Don Draper of now and yesteryear, and where the series might be headed as the "Mad Men" gears up for the seventh and final season. SPOILERS AHEAD.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • June 24, 2013 2:41 PM
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For Don Draper's Backstory, 'Mad Men' Creator Weiner Researched Captains of Industry

The latest episode of "Mad Men" ("The Quality of Mercy") is all about alpha males protecting their territory--in this case, the ad execs in the newly merged agency Sterling Cooper & Partners. Don Draper (Jon Hamm) is undermining and challenging new partner Ted Chaough (Kevin Rahm), who is clearly infatuated with Draper's blossoming one-time protege Peggy Olson (Elisabeth Moss), while Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) is trying to dominate upstart Bob Benson (James Wolk).
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 21, 2013 3:45 PM
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Watch: 'Mad Men' Season 5 Recap (Video)

Are you already swilling a highball, stroking pearls or sporting high-waisted trousers in anticipation of the season six premiere of "Mad Men" Sunday night? Well, here's an economical three-minutes video precap to bring you up to speed. Hopefully this is the last of the appetizers before a satisfying entree.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • April 7, 2013 7:57 PM
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