Mad Men on AMC • Fifth Season Thread

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I've been waiting since I heard that the show was only supposed to last five seasons, I was going to ride out the network run until it was over and watch through Netflix. Now that it's running for seven seasons I'm not so sure that I care because shows tend to dip in quality after S5 anyway.

Simpsons Christmas Boogie (MintIce), Sunday, 3 April 2011 00:02 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

I've completely forgotten what happened in those four seasons

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 02:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

thank goodness its all on netflix streaming now

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 02:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

i just started watching on netflix. can you get cancer from watching people smoke all the time? i wish it focussed more on advertising and less on sex and smoking. not sure it's worth watching episode 3. women will be treated poorly, men will smoke inside and race relations will be tense. please tell me those themes aren't the main themes for the rest of the show.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

no, there's also the terrible parenting theme!

Jaq, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

oh yeah, episode 2 some little girl is playing in a plastic bag. there's too many good shows to devote 50 more hours to this.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

okay!

max, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

You're shaking my foundations brotherlovesdub

Number None, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:48 (3 years ago) Permalink

I am pretty sure that I have never known anyone who watched, say, all of season 1 of Mad Men and then lost interest. People either find it deeply unpleasant based on the first couple episodes, or they are fans.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:51 (3 years ago) Permalink

they do tone down the lol 60s stuff after a while

sea jasper, a meteor, rose quartz and quartz (reddening), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

except for like the times when they just pander to it, gloriously

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

brotherlovesdub: Virtually every mad men thread ever is peppered with new watchers coming in and (justifiably) complaining about the lol60s shit. That stuff goes away, though, so stick it out until the end of the season and see how you feel. It's a great drama. You won't be disappointed. There really aren't many shows better than this at the moment.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:54 (3 years ago) Permalink

I've completely forgotten what happened in those four seasons

ad agency, marital infidelity, father hits his grown son with a cane iirc

sea jasper, a meteor, rose quartz and quartz (reddening), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:55 (3 years ago) Permalink

Yeah, i meant what gubke said

Number None, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:56 (3 years ago) Permalink

lol I totally forgot about the cane

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 03:59 (3 years ago) Permalink

gets way better after the first few episodes. then season 2 drags a bit. then it gets all time great TV for seasons 3 and 4 imo.

the wheelie king (wk), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 04:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Just watched episode three. Think I'll keep going. I just want the women to triumph over the men and for Draper to get killed/humiliated/die of cancer. I guess he's the star so that won't happen. He's scum though. Guess I should check out the other Mad Men threads.

brotherlovesdub, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:46 (3 years ago) Permalink

I am pretty sure that I have never known anyone who watched, say, all of season 1 of Mad Men and then lost interest. People either find it deeply unpleasant based on the first couple episodes, or they are fans.

I watched the first 3 seasons and 2-3 episodes of the 4th season and then lost interest

iatee, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:49 (3 years ago) Permalink

haha yeah was just going to post that i checked out somewhere around the middle of season 3

idk why im reading this either but yknow

Monstrous TumTum (Lamp), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 05:53 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah I mean I don't hateee mad men...I like the *idea*, I like the lol60s shit...but it's just toooooo slowwwww and repetitive for me and I realized I was pretty much forcing myself to sit through every new episode.

anyway I have no interest in trolling this thread.

iatee, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 06:04 (3 years ago) Permalink

Season three is the worst one IMO. Loved season four.

But to any newbies: When I started watching I thought it was merely interesting until about halfway through the first season, then I realised I love it. Persevere, watch it in order, it's a slow burner.

Inevitable stupid samba mix (chap), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 07:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

i find myself thinking of that NYRB crit of it whenever i think of this recently, maybe because it charged the show with being soap opera-ish & i have reduced don draper to being a moody, glowering, tall dark handsome soap opera figure

sweatpants life trajectory (schlump), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 08:35 (3 years ago) Permalink

i like this show but i kind of dont miss it

max, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

good riddance to agreeable television drama

sweatpants life trajectory (schlump), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 12:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

Man, Sally is going to look like she's 20 when it comes on again.

*tera, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 14:15 (3 years ago) Permalink

Well, they've already had her masturbating, so she is growing up. S5 is shooting now, right?

Mucho! Macho! Honcho!: Turn Off The Dark (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:17 (3 years ago) Permalink

yep.

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:19 (3 years ago) Permalink

Since season 4 was 1964-65, I would think season 5 should be around 1967-68...?

shake it, shake it, sugary pee (Tarfumes The Escape Goat), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:20 (3 years ago) Permalink

i would've thought they'd try to go a little slower than that, but that's not based on/might be contrary to whatever's been customary until now. like i woulda thought 66/67. it depends how long the guy envisions it living on for i guess?

sweatpants life trajectory (schlump), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

I missed one episode last season, the one where don and peggy get drunk together. My gf summed it up for me at the time so I was able to watch the rest of the eps during the season, and when I watched it for the first time a few days ago, it was alright, like I could see that the only reason I really watched all the eps was momentum

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

I met weiner once at the beverly hills hotel, kinda surreal because I was lost and out on the pool deck area when it happened

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

Season three is the worst one IMO. Loved season four.

wth

Simon H., Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:25 (3 years ago) Permalink

xp feel free to post that in the posts w/o context thread

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

this show is pretty great when you can watch 2-3 eps at a time and pretty excruciating on a week to week basis. like, the story arc to season 4 is pretty good (if maddening and depressing) but also pretty annoying when its coming in drips and drabs.

ryan, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:29 (3 years ago) Permalink

I missed one episode last season, the one where don and peggy get drunk together. My gf summed it up for me at the time so I was able to watch the rest of the eps during the season, and when I watched it for the first time a few days ago, it was alright, like I could see that the only reason I really watched all the eps was momentum

I know what you mean about momentum, but I also think "The Suitcase" was the best episode of the season!

jaymc, Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:37 (3 years ago) Permalink

^ yeah, all-time ep right there

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:39 (3 years ago) Permalink

it was a really good episode compared to other eps, and I liked it somewhat, and thought there were brilliant parts with brilliant bits of acting, but a lot of the episode, perhaps more than others, I don't know at this point because I haven't seen the show in a while, was don yelling at peggy for work related reasons, and when I was watching it, I guess, because I was removed from the mad men world, I couldn't help but think that I was glad I wasn't exposed to its world as much

puff puff post (uh oh I'm having a fantasy), Wednesday, 17 August 2011 17:40 (3 years ago) Permalink

i saw a little girl out to dinner with her family at a mexican restaurant last week that was a dead-ringer for sally. it was so uncanny i almost said something to the parents but i told myself to forget it and finish my nachos.

 (gr8080), Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:11 (3 years ago) Permalink

"hey uh I dunno if you know this but your daughter looks a lot like a child star that some nerds on the internet really can't wait to see grow up into a teenager!"

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah nachos was probably the better move

(╯°□°)╯︵ ┻━┻ (silby), Thursday, 18 August 2011 00:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

FYI I recommend that everyone into this show watch the movie version of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with Robert Morse

satisfying punishment for that thing he said about lesbians (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 22 August 2011 19:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

LOL

¯\(°_o)/¯ (Nicole), Monday, 22 August 2011 20:21 (3 years ago) Permalink

hahahahaha

 (gr8080), Monday, 22 August 2011 20:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

hahaha burn

Vaginalogue Bubblebath (Le Bateau Ivre), Monday, 22 August 2011 20:31 (3 years ago) Permalink

FYI I recommend that everyone into this show watch the movie version of "How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying" with Robert Morse

Yeah, the parallels are pretty funny. Morse is great in The Loved One too. Mad Men also reminds me of The Sweet Smell of Success.

the wheelie king (wk), Monday, 22 August 2011 22:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

predictions on the degree to which dialogue this season will be "on the nose"?

Do not go gentle into that good frogbs (silby), Saturday, 27 August 2011 00:38 (3 years ago) Permalink

I loved it when Mad Men referenced The Apartment (season and episode escapes me). In season four Roger is on the phone speaking to a Louise about a Larry...the Tate's no doubt, finally acknowledging the comparison's to Bewitched.

*tera, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:42 (3 years ago) Permalink

Sorry about that pesky apostrophe.....blush.

*tera, Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:43 (3 years ago) Permalink

The Apartment ref was in the first season, near the end I think. Joan was chewing Roger out about using women and told him he should see the movie and change his tune.

Status Update...in my Seether? (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 01:50 (3 years ago) Permalink

...and to complete the circle, David White played both Mr. Tate on "Bewitched" and Mr. Eichelberger in The Apartment.

Status Update...in my Seether? (C. Grisso/McCain), Tuesday, 30 August 2011 02:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

leave your fan fiction for livejournal.

tell it to my arse (jim in glasgow), Friday, 15 June 2012 18:17 (2 years ago) Permalink

^applies to 80% of this thread honestly

Authorities don't know who shot the 50 Cent the goose. (forksclovetofu), Friday, 15 June 2012 18:33 (2 years ago) Permalink

from the op: "The creator compromised slightly on issue of the show’s running time, agreeing to the show running two minutes shorter in all epiosdes (45 minutes) when on AMC except the fifth season’s premiere and finale (47) — with an option for Weiner to turn in 47-minute episodes for other platforms like VOD and DVD. The main cast is signed on for two more season and no more cuts are expected there."

Did this actually happen? Every episode (ads included) seemed to run longer than an hour this season.

Johnny Fever, Sunday, 17 June 2012 04:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

The eps on itunes were 47 minutes (credits included).

Electro-Shock Rory (C. Grisso/McCain), Sunday, 17 June 2012 05:27 (2 years ago) Permalink

All episodes this season ran past the hour

dan selzer, Sunday, 17 June 2012 08:26 (2 years ago) Permalink

I just watched season 5, all 13 episodes, in four days, for the first time. Saw the last four episodes last night. A lot of things still not letting me go, haunting and enticing me, and I think this was by far the best MM season.

Went to read all the comments here after every episode which has been a treat :-)

Bit melancholy there's no more now. Do we know when season 6 will be aired? Next year?

HO WBEAUTIFUL IS THE GENTLYFALLINGBLOOD? (Le Bateau Ivre), Sunday, 17 June 2012 16:50 (2 years ago) Permalink

i like that there will be a yearlong break (or more). this kind of takes up a lot of time, watching and thinking about etc. moving on to other things.

flesh, the devil, and a wolf (wolf) (amateurist), Sunday, 17 June 2012 23:58 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Lady Lazarus closing montage w/ other songs from Revolver:

http://vimeo.com/44437420

Vaguely Threatening CAPTCHAs, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 15:22 (2 years ago) Permalink

i give that another half hour of existence

goole, Tuesday, 3 July 2012 16:07 (2 years ago) Permalink

Eleanor Rigby works a little too well.

old people are made of poop (Eric H.), Tuesday, 3 July 2012 16:19 (2 years ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

A college professor of mine had a 1968 XKE, and told me about how he once defiantly stormed out of a faculty meeting only for his Jag to hilariously not start. As soon as Lane connected the hose I thought, yep, not gonna start.

Plus, didn't Roger have some line about how they never start in the previous episode?

My mom still has her '67 XKE she bought new and the electrical problems are indeed legendary. By the early 70s, the faults with the Lucas-built electrics were so bad that Lucas became better known as "The Prince Of Darkness" - striking down innocent cars without warning. Lucas Electrics jokes are everywhere among gearheads from the basic "Q. Why do the English drink warm beer? A. Because they have Lucas refrigerators." to complicated eBay auctions for Lucas magic smoke. There's a page of this stuff: http://www.mez.co.uk/lucas.html

Elvis Telecom, Friday, 20 July 2012 00:34 (2 years ago) Permalink

lmao those are great

call all destroyer, Friday, 20 July 2012 02:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

nice to see jared harris get an emmy nom on his way out! also lol for days @ jon hamm being nominated for both don draper and his racist caricature "abner" from the 30 rock live episode

deist mountain dew (reddening), Friday, 20 July 2012 13:04 (2 years ago) Permalink

Jon Hamm: able to offend EVERYONE, remain sexy whilst doing so

his first 30 Rock Live show was better imo but either way, the man deserves some credit for his comedy chops! He's consistent gold on 30 Rock.

she started dancing to that (Finefinemusic), Friday, 20 July 2012 13:39 (2 years ago) Permalink

jon hamm stole both of those 30 rock episodes, either way.

phantompenguin, Saturday, 21 July 2012 06:05 (2 years ago) Permalink

BANJO

where can i get a mcdonalds quesadilla tho (silby), Saturday, 21 July 2012 12:14 (2 years ago) Permalink

phew!

computers are the new "cool tool" (James Morrison), Saturday, 28 July 2012 03:57 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

feel like the "what is happiness? it's just the moment before you want more happiness" line is kind of a major signpost for where Don is going next season

stop swearing and start windmilling (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:41 (1 year ago) Permalink

to lots more happiness!!!

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

lol

stop swearing and start windmilling (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 20 September 2012 17:50 (1 year ago) Permalink

Season 6 is happening next spring/summer right?

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 20 September 2012 19:01 (1 year ago) Permalink

I don't think they've said yet, but hopefully they'll keep going with the spring season so I don't have to wait over a year for new eps.

Johnny Fever, Thursday, 20 September 2012 19:04 (1 year ago) Permalink

I think AMC is sticking w/spring rollouts for this show from here on out. I just hope they don't split the last season into halves like Breaking Bad.

Instagrams of Lily on My Facebook Wall (C. Grisso/McCain), Thursday, 20 September 2012 19:19 (1 year ago) Permalink

It's not as plot intensive/obsessed with tying up loose ends as BB, so you'd think a thirteen ep final season should be fine.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:36 (1 year ago) Permalink

I thought there were two more seasons planned

stop swearing and start windmilling (Shakey Mo Collier), Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:37 (1 year ago) Permalink

yeah there are 7 total seasons planned iirc

Clay, Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:42 (1 year ago) Permalink

yum spring rolls

Author ~ Coach ~ Goddess (s1ocki), Thursday, 20 September 2012 20:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

5 months pass...

Donkamole Marvin (Shakey Mo Collier), Monday, 11 March 2013 23:05 (1 year ago) Permalink

o man

balls, Monday, 11 March 2013 23:09 (1 year ago) Permalink

Thanks! I’m a lazy ILXor who relies on Bookmarks.

Chewshabadoo, Tuesday, 12 March 2013 11:28 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

ugh, fat betty

j., Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:29 (1 year ago) Permalink

fat betty was amazing. i think the scene where she goes to sneak a little whipped cream from the fridge, aerosols it into her mouth, gets disgusted with herself and spits it out in the sink is maybe the best scene in the entire series

sleepingbag, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:34 (1 year ago) Permalink

best scene of the series tbh vv

my god i only have 2 useless beyblade (silby), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:47 (1 year ago) Permalink

otm

Gukbe, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

Fat Betty was solid, I thought. Better than hiding the pregnancy by holding bags and pots of flowers or what have you.

Gukbe, Wednesday, 27 March 2013 01:48 (1 year ago) Permalink

^^it also allowed them into an early Weight Watcher's meeting.

Vol. 3: The Life & Times of E. "Boom" Carter (C. Grisso/McCain), Wednesday, 27 March 2013 03:43 (1 year ago) Permalink

2 months pass...

Bob Benson - Cuban refugee?

Jaq, Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:57 (1 year ago) Permalink

Wrong thread. Damn.

Jaq, Thursday, 20 June 2013 12:58 (1 year ago) Permalink


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