Mad Men Happy Hour
Mad Men Happy Hour
Bald Move
The officially unofficial podcast for AMC's Mad Men. News, Episode Recaps and Analysis, your feedback and more, all about the Mad Men TV series.
Interview with Mad Men Editor Tom Wilson
Hey there, long time no talk Mad Men, huh?  I’m here to officially say that we’re not going to be doing the Mad Men retrospective we discussed on the wrap up podcast.  Bummer, I know, but!  We do have a cool piece of content that was going to be part of that coverage, a behind the scenes interview with Mad Men editor Tom Wilson, which we recorded very shortly after the series concluded.  Tom worked on 25 episodes of Mad Men during his time with the show, and has also worked on episodes of Rome, Halt and Catch Fire, and Castle to name a few. I’m very sorry to our fans and to Tom that this is so late getting out, but it has too many great tidbits and background info for Mad Men fans to keep locked up in our vault forever. Support Bald Move:  Club Bald Move Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
Dec 2, 2016
1 hr 23 min
Season Seven Wrap Up
Well, now it’s the time for teary good byes and fond farewells.  Except, we’re still going to be releasing podcasts about Mad Men for another, oh, eight months or so… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Tune in and found out our thoughts on the ending of Mad Men, the future of our Mad Men coverage, who’s “okay” and who’s “not okay”, our favorite episodes, songs, and seasons, and how Mad Men stacks up against it’s Golden Age of Television competition.  We’ll be back in a few days or weeks with an interview of Tom Wilson, editor of “Person to Person” among many other classic Mad Men episodes, which you can pass on some questions to using our contact links below.  And starting in June, be on the lookout for our season by season retrospective coverage of Mad Men.  Hope we see you there! Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
May 26, 2015
1 hr 40 min
714 – “Person to Person”
Jim and A.Ron think the end of the finale episode of AMC’s Mad Men, entitled “Person to Person”, leaves a lot of room for interpretation, for both cynicism and optimism… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move What was our take? A little bit of both, to be honest. Listen to hear us talk about how we felt watching Mad Men come to a close, the parts that tugged our heart strings, the parts that had us squealing like school girls, saying our goodbyes to our favorite characters, and paying our ultimate respects to one Matthew Weiner. Thank you for making this excellent show, sir. That might be all for Mad Men, but it is most definitely NOT the last you’ve heard from the Happy Hour. Tune in next week for a series wrap up podcast, and also to hear news for our plans with Mad Men in the months to come. See you then! Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
May 19, 2015
2 hr 3 min
713 – “The Milk and Honey Route”
Jim and A.Ron are here to help you sort through the complex feelings we’re all getting at the prospect of Pete getting the happiest of potential Mad Men endings, as we unpack the tragic and yet strangely hopeful penultimate episode entitled “The Milk and Honey Route”… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move We discuss small town hustles, German cannibalism, Betty’s dignity and grace in the face of genuine crisis — no, really! — Sally’s forced evolution into the role of mother, and Duck’s high stakes game of career poker with Pete, Pete trading in the Pit for a life of redemption and bliss reunited with his family in Wichita, and Don finally embracing the hobo lifestyle that has called out to him since his boyhood. It’s a terrific, complex, moving episode that sets us up beautifully for the end. We’ll be with you the whole way, not just next week for the finale, but the week after too, as we indulge in a series finale podcast spectacular. See you then! Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
May 12, 2015
2 hr 2 min
712 – “Lost Horizon”
Jim and A.Ron here to dish on the latest episode of AMC’s Mad Men, “Lost Horizon”… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move We discuss Joan’s heroic stand against truly awful institutions, Weiner’s strong troll face, debate Don’s intentions towards “Birdie”, Peggy blowing the doors clean off the hinges of the McCann Erickson office, Roger’s roller derby, lots of great feedback from fellow fans, and much more. Two more to go, people! Savor it! Special thanks to Tara P. for graciously curating and providing this awesome Spotify link that has all of the music from Mad Men! And it’s in chronological order by episode… wow! Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
May 5, 2015
2 hr 2 min
711 – “Time and Life”
Hello there! Would you care to discuss the latest Mad Men, episode 711, “Time and Life”? Well, you’ve come to the right place, friend… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move We discuss Lane Pryce directing the latest Pete Punch, Peggy and Stan’s epic summit on gender relations, how it feels to root for Pete (“not great, Bob!”), the Weiner’s judo move he pulled on us as the audience, and where we’re going entering the back half of the back half of season seven. All this, and tons of superb feedback from what is in our humble opinion the greatest fan community on the internet, and much, much more. See you again next week! Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
Apr 28, 2015
1 hr 52 min
710 – “The Forecast”
This edition of the Happy Hour looks at the episode “The Forecast”, which is number 710 of AMC’s Mad Men… In which we discuss Don and Betty in a race for creepiest teenage predator, ponder the future, ask if the emptiness is a problem, watch the one man 70’s fashion show that is Joan’s hot date Richard, and watch Mathis flame out of advertising in the most spectacular and entertaining way possible. We typically get stellar emails for Mad Men, but this mail bag might be historically great, as our fellow watchers really do some good work on Don and Dianne analysis, and get pop-psych over the Peter Pan Syndrome. See you next week! Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move In which we discuss Don and Betty in a race for creepiest teenage predator, ponder the future, ask if the emptiness is a problem, watch the one man 70’s fashion show that is Joan’s hot date Richard, and watch Mathis flame out of advertising in the most spectacular and entertaining way possible. We typically get stellar emails for Mad Men, but this mail bag might be historically great, as our fellow watchers really do some good work on Don and Dianne analysis, and get pop-psych over the Peter Pan Syndrome. See you next week! Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter
Apr 21, 2015
1 hr 53 min
709 – “New Business”
We’re not sure what to think about Mad Men episode 709, “New Business”, and maybe that’s an intentional choice by the Weiner himself, who co-wrote the episode… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter We discuss the mysteries of missing teeth, phantom cab rides, Pete’s improbably use of “Jiminy Christmas!”, Stan’s amateur pornography, and Peggy’s refusal to take a walk on the wild side. All this, tons of your great feedback, and much more!
Apr 14, 2015
1 hr 42 min
708 – “Severance”
The first episode of the back half of season seven of Mad Men, entitled “Severance”, is set in the 70’s and appropriately trippy… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter We discuss Mad Men behaving badly, Sepinwall’s Greater Billy Pilgrim Theory of 7B, the awesome, and yet sad, triumph of Ken, the magnificent bastard that is Stan Rizzo, check in with a bunch of feedback from our army of correspondents, and much, much more. Enjoy! Link to the NYT article “Don Draper’s Back in Style”…
Apr 7, 2015
1 hr 47 min
Season 7b Preview!
Jim and A.Ron are excited for and pre-mourning the final seven episode of Mad Men season 7. It’s an end of an era… Support Bald Move:  Amazon  |  Club Bald Move Leave Us A Review Join the discussion:  Email  |  Forums  |  Facebook  |  Twitter We recap where we are at the start of the season, and give our hopes and fears for our favorite characters, then consider some of your feedback on same. Can the Weiner stick the landing? Is that even an important question for a show like Mad Men? What would failure look like, anyway? Who’s hooking up, who’s left standing, what kind of man will Don/Dick ultimately be in the final assessment? All this and more as we gear up to give the series the send off it deserves. See you Sunday night!
Apr 1, 2015
1 hr 16 min
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