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'Mad Men': How to Gear Up for Season Five

While you're waiting, here's another perspective on the Madison Avenue milieu

By Glenn Kenny

The long-awaited fifth season of Mad Men will finally kick off with a two-hour episode on March 25, and man, does it look heavy. Those posters! The falling man! Doomy Don Draper peering into that shop window at the faceless mannequins evoking the Hollow Emptiness of Pre-Counterculture American Life! The show is only just making its way out of the early ’60s, but a pretty bad trip seems in the offing. Which is, of course, historically inevitable. As series creator Matthew Weiner let drop in a recent interview, “the word ‘Vietnam’ will be mentioned.”

Glenn Kenny is a journalist based in Brooklyn. Now chief film critic for MSN Movies, he was a senior editor and chief film critic for Premiere magazine from 1996 to 2007. Read More
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