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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

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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

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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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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.