It began with “Zou Bisou Bisou,” but the fifth season of “Mad Men” wasn’t zou much fun after that. There were interesting episodes, thoughtful ideas and great scenes scattered throughout the long-awaited fifth season, and of course the acting, directing and production values on the show are still top-notch. It’s not that “‘Mad Men’ is no longer a worthy show, but it’s hard to avoid the feeling that “Mad Men” didn’t live up to its enormous potential this season. I still love these characters and this world, but, let’s face it, this year, as least for a subset of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce fans, something was a little off. Or, at times, a lot off.
Maureen Ryan: ‘Mad Men’ Season 5 Thoughts: What Was Lacking (And What There Was Too Much Of)
I have to say, I completely disagree. The first few seasons of Mad Men were about great suits, hot chicks and vodka. Albeit, they were very well done. Season 5 started slow, but each episode got insidiously better, dabbling in everything from existential dilemma to suicide. They got funnier, too. I can’t imagine how hard it would be to write a well-rounded season of a television show - let alone 5 - and still get people talking. I think they’re doing a sick job.
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