Mad Men Series Finale

Ann and I saw the Mad Men series finale on Thursday night and for much of it sat there stunned, watching one of the best forty-five minutes of television in the past year. The carousel pitch (video below–might be considered a spoiler) was one of the most brilliant examples of text and subtext being hardwired together that I’ve seen in a long time. It’s actually a great example for fiction writers of how to (1) advance the plot and surface of a story, (2) advance a subplot, (3) invest in characterization and backstory, and (4) express a character’s emotions indirectly, all at once.

Although there were a couple of episodes mid-season that sagged slightly, Mad Men is currently our favorite show.


  1. Walker Ferox says

    This is merely a long-winded explanation of an technique called “anchoring” which you link your current want with a positive experience in the person you’re talking with. It’s used to get women in bed. It works great and not that hard to learn if you dedicate your time to practicing it. I can easily get 70 yr old women in bed now but that’s because I live with my mom and have no friends other than the internet. I hate me.

    WF (there’s also a great scene quite reminiscent of this in a Tom Hanks film where he’s an ad exec or something for an airline. I think it was Nothing In Common, but I’m unsure.)

  2. Shirley Zielske says

    I have been watching Mad Men on Thursday nights, but there are so many repeats. When will it keep rolling to the end?