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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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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Home Run

Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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