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It’s Mad Men Retro Madness!

DRAMA

Mad Men’s cultural impact has always outweighed its ratings. Now we find two networks re-creating lavish worlds from the 1960s. ABC’s Pan Am, set at the defunct airline, is idiotic-I never expected to see Christina Ricci as a bright-eyed stewardess (as they were called), let alone one who knows Marx and Hegel-but the show is fueled with so much soap-operatic hot air that it takes off. NBC’s Playboy Club makes the mistake of aping Mad Men’s stern social seriousness (one Bunny sneaks off to a clandestine gay society). And Eddie Cibrian, as a powerful attorney, is too much in the Jon Hamm mode: The grain in their voices is identical, but he doesn’t have Hamm’s dangerous, oily-eyed charisma. Unlike a Bunny’s ears, Club flops.

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