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'Mad Men' stays on message for fifth season

“Mad Men” returns for its fifth season on AMC, ending the longest period without new Don Draper stories in the series' history.
Published: March 23, 2012
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Furthermore, the fraternity atmosphere that started to evaporate beginning with the season four conflict between Joan and sleazy copywriter Joey is an endangered dynamic. Brazen sex talk about SCDP co-workers can be deadly in the new reality. But the most pivotal changes involve the shift in Draper's world view — an unsettling development for Peggy Olson (Elizabeth Moss) — and the ramped-up quest for power by the ever-demanding Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser).

But most importantly, the season premiere of “Mad Men” is funny, emotional and contains an unforgettable scene in which Megan (Jessica Pare) carves the phrase “zoo be zoo be zoo” into the cultural discussion for the next several days. Time passes, lives change and the bizarre double life of Don Draper continues to engage. “Mad Men” took a long time to make its latest presentation, but as its fifth season begins, this landmark series is still on message.

George Lang


REVIEW

‘Mad Men'

When: 8 p.m. Sunday.

Where: AMC (Cox Communications Channels 33 and 795).

For Season 4 episode recaps: Go to blog.NewsOK.com/staticblog/category/mad-men/. For a full recap of the Season 5 premiere, go to blog.NewsOK.com/staticblog/ at 10 p.m. Sunday.

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