Mad Men is coming to an end, with the second half of its seventh and final season premiering Sunday.
I’m not ready, either. I anticipate going into a deep depression once this great drama goes off the air for good …
… But for now, I have the final episodes to cling to. Rewatching the series for my podcast, Not Great, Pod!, has only made my love for Mad Men stronger — clearer. What started as a stylized look at life in early 1960s America, delivered in a manner that sometimes winked at the viewer a little too hard, has turned into a poignant look at life in general. I’ll save my preaching for my weekly recaps of the final episodes, but for now I’ll say: This series is beautiful, and it will be missed.
Season 6 and Season 7A are damn near perfect and full of life lessons, such as:
The most to-the-point break-up line ever:
That you should never discount the little guy because he might just run Hollywood one day:
That you’ll always be the cool guy if you fly yourself to meetings:
That enthusiasm (and lies) will get you places:
That it’s best not to be awkward:
That drugs in the workplace make for interesting games:
That Dustin really was onto something with his “Megan is dead” theory:
That sometimes, the student becomes the teacher:
But sometimes, that’s a good thing:
That Joan has the best comeback lines, period:
That Cutler can be … cutting:
That Peggy gives the best death glares:
But Trudy will destroy you:
That Shirley and Dawn need a spin-off:
That if you ever have a need to say this phrase, you should move:
That there are some things you just shouldn’t say to coworkers:
That you shouldn’t be afraid to sex things up a bit:
That you shouldn’t be afraid to tell the truth:
That fictional stories are capable of breaking your heart:
Yep, there it goes:
That a family can be made of more than relatives:
That life is hard, and then you die:
But you shouldn’t try to stop your business partners from making millions because they will cut you:
That this is the key to the show, right here:
That Kiernan Shipka deserves all the things:
That Robert Morse is a national treasure:
And that this is still the best line ever:
Join us — myself, Corey Atad and Mallory Andrews (both of Movie Mezzanine) — as we discuss all of these truths and more on Not Great, Pod!
See you next week.
Sarah Carlson is Television Editor for Pajiba. You can find her on Twitter.