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  • ‘Princesses’ episode 5 recap: Mad women

    Here’s something I never thought I’d say: Last night’s “Princesses: Long Island” reminded me a little bit of “Mad Men.” No, the Bravo reality show did not suddenly develop any rich, nuanced plotlines. Its characters did not wear any amazing retro outfits. Nor was there insightful commentary on the politics and social mores of the… More ▸

  • Yes, that was Moshe Dayan on ‘Mad Men’

    A few months back, JTA board macher and fellow “Mad Men” fan Danny Krifcher suggested that I write up a column predicting how each of the characters would respond to the Six Day War. It was a fun idea. I gave it some thought, but couldn’t come up with any good ones. So I let… More ▸

  • ‘Mad Men’ Jewish recap: The Manischewitz mess

    Our apologies–we were so busy despairing over “Princesses: Long Island” we completely ignored a show that does not herald the demise of television, culture, and the state of American Jewry. Sunday night’s episode of “Mad Men” was packed with chaos, both in society at large and in the offices of Sterling Cooper and Partners (which,… More ▸

  • Seth Rogen wants more ‘Freaks and Geeks’

    “Arrested Development” fans who have begun season four (or already finished it–all 15 episodes were uploaded to Netflix at once on Sunday) have had the pleasure of watching Seth Rogen play a young, non-bald George Bluth, Sr. It seems taking part in the revival of a prematurely-canceled cult TV series has gotten the Jewish actor… More ▸

  • Alison Brie on her very Jewish mother

    This week on his podcast, Jewish comedian Marc Maron chats with Alison Brie, who opens up about lots of stuff, including what it was like splitting her time between her divorced interfaith parents as a kid. On weekends with her dad she’d go to Sunday school at his Christian-Hindu hybrid church, where the future “Mad… More ▸

  • ‘Mad Men’ recap: Altacockers and the Upper West Side

    No matter how you feel about the way “Mad Men” dealt with race in last night’s MLK assassination-focused episode, one thing is indisputable: It was a big night for the Jews on the show. All three of them. Dr. Rosen, Don’s cuckolded neighbor, ended up in the heart of the action while at a conference… More ▸

  • Mad Men recap (’At the Codfish Ball’): Abe moves in with Peggy and her ham

    Admit it. Between this post and this post you probably figured I had squeezed every last drop of Jewce out of last week’s episode, “Far Away Places.” But I actually decided to leave something out — Ginsberg’s pathetically transparent declaration that he loves the clams at Howard Johonson’s. I say pathetically transparent because Don saw right through it,… More ▸

  • Meet Michael Ginsburg, Mad Men’s new Jew

    Last night’s episode of “Mad Men” introduced the world to Michael Ginsburg, Sterling Cooper Draper Price’s first-ever Jewish copywriter. This is a far cry from Season One, in which Roger Sterling, forced to pull from the accounting to show a potential client they employ fellow tribe members as copywriters, observers: “Jewish businesses usually go to… More ▸