Revisiting Mad Men 10 Years On

Mad Men premiered on 19th July 2007 and is already a decade old. That went quick didn’t it? But it’s easy to forget what a fuss people made about the sartorial element of the show. If fact, it had gotten to a point – somewhere around season two – where pieces about “Mad Men Style”…

Spies Like U.S.

Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) are two deep-cover KGB spies hiding in the plain-sight of Washington DC’s suburbs in mid-1981. They’ve been there since the ’60s in an arranged marriage, as part of a special breed of Russian spies, trained for years to be able to pass themselves off as ordinary Americans.…

What would Larry David do?

The new series of Curb Your Enthusiasm doesn’t just mark the return of one of TV’s best comedies, but also the return of a modern-day hero Here’s a test for any man. You can judge what sort of person you are by how much you agree with Larry David in the HBO comedy Curb Your…

Great White Hope

The latest in a line of white-trash sitcoms, and why it’s more real that reality TV. In times like these when the rich are screwing the poor more than ever, it’s nice to be able to root for the underdog. But underdogs on television are increasingly appearing via reality TV, where it’s often hard to…

Corporate man’s laughter

Given the times we live in, you’d think there would be more corporate satires on television, but there just aren’t. Aside from Jack Donaghy’s capitalist musings in 30 Rock and the odd episode of The Office, big business is overlooked in sitcoms. That’s why Better Off Ted has become not just a fine comedy, but…

Under fire in Afghanistan

Former British soap star Ross Kemp on his new role reporting from the front lines of Afghanistan. ESQUIRE: In Afghanistan you had a lot of access to the front line… ROSS KEMP: Yes, but that access only comes about through trust. There was an article in The Times saying, “How the hell does this soap…

Things that go bump

As season four of Ghost Whisperer starts, we speak to Jennifer Love-Hewitt about getting into character. Interview Matt Pomroy How do you see Melinda, your character, after four seasons? Different. She’s changed a lot. In the first season she was very vulnerable and new. Fresh off the medium boat, I guess, and focused on forgetting…