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A Look Back at the Funniest Moments on Mad Men

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It’s the end of an era — bygone or not. This Sunday marks the final episode of the critically acclaimed, award-gobbling powerhouse Mad Men. Just shy of 100 episodes, the series captured all the major social, political, business, and sexual issues of the ’60s and ’70s and deftly related them to the topics of today. Without a doubt, Don, Peggy, Roger, Joan, and the rest will be sorely missed and will leave behind a heart-shaped hole in our programming schedules.

But as the seventh season draws to a close, and with it the lives of a few dozen characters as familiar as close family members, we take a look back at the 10 funniest and goofiest moments immortalized in animated GIF form.

10. Peggy’s Personal Roller Derby

10. Peggy Skating
Backed by a boozy Roger on the organ, an equally tipsy Peggy glides across the frame on a pair of roller skates as carefree as a pixie. Encapsulating the dizzy, grinning state right before passing out, it’s the perfect GIF to express a fun and innocent night of binge drinking.

9. Roger Finds a Soulmate

9. Roger Drinking Bird
And speaking of drinking, Mad Men did little of anything but. Set in a time when folks washed down their corn flakes with gin, the show was essentially a substance abuse group meeting with a wardrobe budget. And here, Roger finally finds a drinking buddy that could actually keep up.

8. Ken Busts a Move

8. Ken Dancing
Feeling the high of a speed-based cocktail, this tap dancing Ken Cosgrove GIF is a delight. Appropriate for caffeine-fueled all-nighters or the tackling a bevy of errands with the energy of a freight train, this image celebrates the elation one feels after finishing all your work for the day.

7. Pete Gets Decked

7. Pete Punched
Second only to Tyrion slapping Joffrey, this GIF of Pete Campbell getting punched nails that cathartic Schadenfreude of seeing a disliked character getting hurt. And after insulting Lane Pryce, cheating on his wife, and being just a general douche, we’d gladly let this image loop more than a few times.

6. Roger Shimmies Down the Hall

6. Roger Dancing
With no shortage of stunningly beautiful women on the show, who would’ve thought the most lithely sensual dance would be delivered by John Slattery? Seductively singing “Frère Jacques” with the passion of a French escort, Roger can clearly hold his own against an office filled with conga-dancing dames.

5. Don’s Mock Crying

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Got a friend who’s complaining about their $80,000 job or having to clean their 3,200-square-foot apartment? Well, here’s a GIF that could add a little introspection to their Facebook wall. Succinct and to the point, its only downside would be the image’s prevalence in online political arguments.

4. Don’s Actual Crying

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But as snark gives way to sincerity, occasionally we need a picture that depicts our protective walls crumbling as we surrender to despair. That, and it’s pretty funny to see Jon Hamm weeping. Even for someone who oozes cool masculinity out of every pore, sometimes a guy just has to turn on the water works.

3. Pete Takes a Tumble

3. Pete Falling
We all know what it’s like to have tempers flare beyond our equilibrium, and this GIF of a furious Pete stumbling down the stairs is a fantastic representation of being “too angry to stand.”

2. Roger’s Liquid Lunch

2. Roger Vomiting
Who hasn’t overindulged a bit during a work lunch? We can all relate to being a little too tipsy on the way back to the office, right? And how many times have we regurgitated our entire meal and drink orders in front of important clients? Too many to count! So for all of us who’ve blown multimillion-dollar deals because of one bourbon too many, this GIF’s for you!

1. The Lawnmower Reaction

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Arguably the most memorable moment in Mad Men’s entire run also makes for one fantastic animated GIF. Something as small and incidental as a runaway riding lawnmower driven inside an office can completely change the way a man walks for the rest of his life. It also ain’t too pretty for the bystanders drenched with an arterial spray. Still, as horrific surprises go, this one’s pretty damn funny.

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Brock Hard

Brockmire’s Guide To Grabbing Life By The D***

Catch up on the full season of Brockmire now.

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“Lucy, put supper on the stove, my dear, because this ballgame is over!”

Brockmire has officially closed out its rookie season. Miss the finale episode? A handful of episodes? The whole blessed season?? You can see it all from the beginning, starting right here.

And you should get started, because every minute you spend otherwise will be a minute spent not living your best life. That’s right, there are very important life lessons that Brockmire hid in plain sight—lessons that, when applied thoughtfully, can improve every aspect of your awesome existence. Let’s dive into some sage nuggets from what we call the Book of Jim.

Life Should Be Spiked, Not Watered Down.

That’s not just a fancy metaphor. As Brockmire points out, water tastes “awful. 70% of the water is made up of that shit?” Life is short, water sucks, live like you mean it.

There Are Only Three Types of People

“Poor people, rich people and famous people. Rich people are just poor people with money, so the only worthwhile thing is being famous.” So next time your rich friends act all high and mighty, politely remind them that they’re worthless in the eyes of even the most minor celebrities.

There’s Always A Reason To Get Out Of Bed

And 99% of the time that reason is the urge to pee. It’s nature’s way of saying “seize the day.”

There’s More To Life Than Playing Games

“Baseball can’t compete with p0rnography. Nothing can.” Nothing you do or ever will do can be more important to people than p0rn. Get off your high horse.

A Little Empathy Goes A Long Way

Especially if you’ve taken someone else’s Plan B by mistake.

Our Weaknesses Can Be Our Greatest Strengths

Tyrion Lannister said something similar. Hard to tell who said it with more colorful profanity. Wise sentiments all around.

Big Things Come To Those Who Wait

When you’re looking for a sign, the universe will drop you a big one. You’re the sh*t, universe.

And Of Course…

Need more life lessons from the Book of Jim? Catch up on Brockmire on the IFC App.

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Oh Mama

Mommie May I?

Mommie Dearest Is On Repeat All Mothers Day Long On IFC

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The cult-classic movie Mommie Dearest is a game-changer. If you’ve seen it even just once (but come on, who sees it just once?), then you already know what we’re talking about.

But if you haven’t seen it, then let us break it down for you. Really quick, we promise, we’ll even list things out to spare you the reading of a paragraph:

1. It’s the 1981 biopic based on the memoir of Christina Crawford, Hollywood icon Joan Crawford’s adopted daughter.
2. Faye Dunaway plays Joan. And boy does she play her. Loud and over-reactive.
3. It was intended as a drama, but…
4. Waaaaaay over-the-top performances and bargain-basement dialogue rendered it an accidental comedy.
5. It’s a cult classic, and you’re the last person to see it.

Not sold? Don’t believe it’s going to change your life? Ok, maybe over-the-top acting isn’t your thing, or perhaps you don’t like the lingering electricity of a good primal scream, or Joan Crawford is your personal icon and you can’t bear to see her cast in such a creepy light.

But none of that matters.

What’s important is that seeing this movie gives you permission to react to minor repeat annoyances with unrestrained histrionics.

That there is a key moment. Is she crazy? Yeah. But she’s also right. Shoulder nipples are horrible, wire hangers are the worst, and yelling about it feels strangely justified. She did it, we can do it. Precedent set. You’re welcome.

So what else can we yell about? Channel your inner Joan and consider the following list offenses when choosing your next meltdown.

Improperly Hung Toilet Paper

Misplaced Apostrophes

Coldplay at Karaoke

Dad Jokes

Gluten Free Pizza

James Franco

The list of potential pedestrian grievances is actually quite daunting, but when IFC airs Mommie Dearest non-stop for a full day, you’ll have 24 bonus hours to mull it over. 24 bonus hours to nail that lunatic shriek. 24 bonus hours to remember that, really, your mom is comparatively the best.

So please, celebrate Mother’s Day with Mommie Dearest on IFC and at IFC.com. And for the love of god—NO WIRE HANGERS EVER.

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Breaking News

From Canada With Love

Baroness von Sketch Show comes to IFC.

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Breaking news that (finally) isn’t apocalyptic!

IFC announced today that it acquired acclaimed Canadian comedy series Baroness von Sketch Show, slated to make its US of A premiere this summer. And yes, it’s important to note that it’s a Canadian sketch comedy series, because Canada is currently a shining beacon of civilization in the western hemisphere, and Baroness von Sketch Show reflects that light in every way possible.

The series is fronted entirely by women, which isn’t unusual in the sketch comedy world but is quite rare in the televised sketch comedy world. Punchy, smart, and provocative, each episode of Baroness von Sketch Show touches upon outrageous-yet-relatable real world subjects in ways both unexpected and deeply satisfying: soccer moms, awkward office birthday parties, being over 40 in a gym locker room…dry shampoo…

Indiewire called it “The Best Comedy You’ve Never Seen” and The National Post said that it’s “the funniest thing on Canadian television since Kids In The Hall.” And that’s saying a lot, because Canadians are goddamn hilarious.

Get a good taste of BVSS in the following sketch, which envisions a future Global Summit run entirely by women. It’s a future we’re personally ready for.

Baroness Von Sketch Show premieres later this summer on IFC.

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