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October 15, 2010 at 10:43 AM

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'Mad Men' finale airs Sunday: A guide to our favorite blogs

Posted by Stephanie Clary


Mondays aren't so bad for "Mad Men" fans.

The AMC drama about the 1960s New York advertising world — and 1960s American society in general — airs Sunday nights, inspiring in-depth fan and media blog posts and discussions every Monday morning.

The series' commitment to historical accuracy makes it a perfect candidate for Internet obsession: There are historical references to research, outfits to examine and there's cultural context to explain. On top of that, "Mad Men" explores intricate characters, themes and issues that are ripe for a large, diverse discussion.

The season four finale airs Sunday, Oct. 17 at 10 p.m. To prepare, here is a list of "Mad Men" blogs — chosen by Tiffany Campbell and myself — that can help you catch up on the cultural conversation as well as provide a place to discuss the end of the season.

If we missed your favorite, share where you talk about "Mad Men" in the comments.

Mad Men Power Rankings (Mark Lisanti's Lisanti Quarterly blog):
Los Angeles entertainment writer Mark Lisanti ranks the "Mad Men" characters after each episode on his personal tumblr. The reasoning behind each ranking is hilarious, insidery and sometimes NSFW.

Mad Men Unbuttoned:
Los Angeles writer Natasha Vargas-Cooper provides historical context for each "Mad Men" episode in this blog, which recently inspired a book. It's referred to as the 'Footnotes of Mad Men,' and she writes a column of the same name at The Awl. It gives fans a fascinating history lesson on even the smallest references.

Mad Men Watch (New York Times' ArtBeat blog):
Writer Ginia Bellafante examines each episode's plot and underlying themes, and her blog posts can attract 200-plus comments. The comments are often incredibly thoughtful and expand on Bellafante's recaps and questions.

Popcorn & Predjuice (The Seattle Times' movie blog):
On Mondays, Seattle Times movie critic Moira Macdonald takes a break from movie news and musing to recap the previous night's "Mad Men." She sums up each episode's plot and asks her readers questions, leading to conversations within the comment section.

Tom and Lorenzo:
Opinionated fashion and TV blogging couple Tom and Lorenzo dedicate at least two posts a week to "Mad Men." One examines character and plot development as well as the show's writing and production. The other examines the clothing. The posts on style showcase how much a character's outfit can communicate his or her social status and personal storyline.

And in case you had any doubt, a fifth season is planned, so keep these blogs on-hand for 2011.

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