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Don Draper Wants the World to Buy a Coke: A ‘Mad Men’ Finale Recap

Meredith: “I really hope he’s in a better place.”
Roger: “He’s not dead, stop saying that!”
Meredith: “There’s a lot of places better than here.”

Meredith is right. The large offices on Madison Avenue aren’t for everyone. They weren’t for Shirley, who left the company after sharing a candid truth: that advertising “isn’t comfortable” for everyone. They weren’t for Joan, who learned standing up to sexism would literally cost her to the tune of hundreds of thousands of dollars. They weren’t for Pete, who found the fastest way to climb the corporate ladder is to take a personal jet to the top. And of course, the life at McCann-Erickson doesn’t exactly suit Don Draper, either. But more on that later.

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The Impact of Choice in ‘Better Call Saul’

“I’m a lousy brother. I’m a big screwup. And if I was just a better person, I would not only stop letting you down — you know what? I’d stop letting me down. And it’s about time I started to make both of us proud.”
-Jimmy McGill in “Nacho”

When the Internet buzzed with rumors of a “Breaking Bad” spinoff, I was skeptical.

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Dark Comedies: On ‘Wilfred’ and Mental Illness

Note: This post contains spoilers about the series finale of “Wilfred.” 

As common as it is, depression is something we’re still not comfortable discussing. The word elicits stereotypical imagery of mopiness, rainy days or, if you’re me, bouncing balls and floating bathrobes.

I say that not to discount depression, but rather to point out how there’s little recognition, especially in media representations, of depression as a complex, multifaceted illness. In truth, depression comes in a spectrum and expresses itself in a myriad of ways — which is why the new Netflix original series “BoJack Horseman” is making such an impression.

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