Mad Men

Why ‘Mad Men’ Was One Of TV’s Most Deeply Jewish Shows

05/14/2015 - 20:00

AMC’s ad campaign for the second half of the final season of “Mad Men” centered on the phrase “The End of an Era.” The clever double meaning of the phrase was that this was not only the end of an era within the show, as the plot spilled into the 1970 and left the ’60s behind – it might also be the end of an era (albeit a relatively brief one) of sublime television largely ushered into existence by the success of “Mad Men.”

The series finale of the acclaimed show “Mad Men” airs this Sunday night. Via amc.com

Designs On The Modern Home

How Jewish designers helped create the ‘Mad Men’ style of modernism.

04/13/2015 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Thanks in part to the popular television show “Mad Men,” a new generation has fallen in love with mid-century modernist design. An exhibit now on view at The Museum of Jewish Heritage called “Designing Home: Jews and Midcentury Modernism” is the first show of its kind to recognize Jews’ accomplishments and contributions to the design style that swept the nation during this “Mad Men” era. It explores the impact Jewish designers had in shaping the streamlined, less-is-more aesthetic in the United States. Not only a “who’s who” of important immigrant and first-generation Jewish designers, the exhibit also acknowledges the importance of the institutions that fostered their creativity.

Henry Dreyfuss, Princess Phone (1959).   Courtesy of The Contemporary Jewish Museum. Photograph: Johnna Arnold

Does Don Draper Want To Be Jewish?

04/05/2015 - 20:00

Spoiler alert: The post below discusses the content of “Mad Men” Season 7, Episode 8 (“Severance”)

Hamming Up The Ethnic Factor On ‘Mad Men’

04/03/2013 - 20:00

Advertising, it’s fair to say, is in Ben Feldman’s blood.

Ben Feldman’s portrayal of a Jewish copywriter on “Mad Men” reflects the Jewish roots of advertising. Photo via JTA.org
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