Mad Men’s sixth-season finale is your last chance for crackpot theories until next spring

Mad Men’s sixth-season finale is your last chance for crackpot theories until next spring

Here’s what’s up in the world of TV for Sunday, June 23. All times are Eastern.

TOP PICK

Mad Men (AMC, 10 p.m.): Bob Benson is just Dick Whitman 2.0. Megan’s not dead. Ginsberg probably isn’t schizophrenic. But that doesn’t mean we can’t see Mad Men’s sixth season gently into the good night without a few more harebrained theories about What It All Means. What if every character on this show winds up echoing Don because they only exist in his mind? (He’s the Mad Man!) Is it possible that Megan’s T-shirt isn’t a reference to that Sharon Tate photo spread, but actually an indication that she’s a covert operative for the Shirt Tales? Todd VanDerWerff has been working up a little number that ties Jim Cutler, Clara, and Bobby No. 2 into the plot to fake the moon landing, but that’ll probably have to wait until next year. 


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The Killing (AMC, 9 p.m.): Meanwhile, on a show where jumping to wild conclusions is more relevant, season-three MVP Bullet is on the trail of a lead that could break this season’s case wide open. Of course, that “victim on the run” bit in the episode synopsis has Phil Dyess-Nugent all sorts of worried for Bex Taylor-Klaus’ character.

True Blood (HBO, 9 p.m.): With mentions of “supernatural-rights” advocacy and “antivampire initiatives,” it looks like this season of True Blood is angling for a greater focus on its political metaphors. For the sake of momentum and pacing, Carrie Raisler hopes the show’s version of the Supreme Court can come to a decision quicker than its IRL equivalent.

Falling Skies (TNT, 9 p.m.): Last week ended on a big, invading-forces cliffhanger, but summaries of this week’s episode begin with allusions to a meeting between two men claiming the title of “president.” If given the choice between war and diplomacy, this is one scenario where Les Chappell would choose war. 

Veep (HBO, 10 p.m.): Mounting tensions between the POTUS and VPOTUS must be put on hold as the administration shifts into a “crisis mode”—unless those tensions are the source of the crisis. Robert David Sullivan can neither confirm nor deny this.

Family Tree (HBO, 10:30 p.m.): The show temporarily gives way to a Chirstopher-Guest-project-within-a-Christopher-Guest-project as Tom takes part in what could be to civil war re-enactors what Best In Show is to dog shows. As Erik Adams would be quick to point out, odd-duck Chadwick cousin Dave might qualify to participate in both events.

The Venture Bros. (Adult Swim, midnight): Nobody deserves a break from the workaday life like a super-scientist, though it’s arguable that Rusty Venture doesn’t really do enough work to warrant some time off. The next time Zack Handlen takes a vacation, he’s going to Brisbyland!


TV CLUB CLASSIC

Farscape (11 a.m.): The Moya crew discovers a horrible, no-good, very bad secret about Aeryn. Alasdair Wilkins could let you in on the secret now, but then he’d have to blast you out an airlock.

Saturday Night Live (1 p.m.): Saturday Night starts to truly resemble the Saturday Night Live it would become this week, with an episode of firsts that features the show’s first female host (future Five-Timers Club member Candace Bergen), the debut of the Landshark, and the introduction of Chevy Chase’s signature Weekend Update intro. He’s Chevy Chase, and Phil Dyess-Nugent is not.

The Simpsons (3 p.m.): Kyle Ryan is all out of “Bort” license plates. If your name is Bort, please don’t ask him for one—don’t ask him for one if your son’s name is also Bort. And don’t even think about looking for one at Universal Orlando.


WHAT ELSE IS ON?

Celebrity Wife Swap (ABC, 8 p.m.): In one of the strangest of all possible Freaky Friday scenarios, two of the Palin children switch places with Joan and Melissa Rivers. Probably worth it just to see whether or not Joan can go the full hour without ripping Sarah Palin to shreds.

Bob’s Burgers (Adult Swim, 8:30 p.m.): Adult Swim begins going through the back catalog of the best animated comedy of the past three years, meaning you now have less of an excuse for not keeping up with the Belchers.

Whodunnit/Crossing Lines/Devious Maids (ABC, 9 p.m./NBC, 9 p.m./Lifetime, 10 p.m.): The summer replacement series keep coming in by the boatload, with a reality-show/murder mystery hybrid, a French-Czech co-produced police procedural, and the latest from Desperate Housewives’ Marc Cherry leaping into the forgiving arms of restless, longing viewers. Sonia Saraiya and Molly Eichel, respectively, ask for your poor, your tired, your huddled masses of master cops and maids who are devious.

Copper (BBC America, 10 p.m.): Oy! Awright, then! Coppah’s back, and so is What’s On Tonight’s poorly d’ployed (and quest’nably applied) Cockney ack’sent! S’always appropriate, gov’nah, since the acronym for the feature is, after all, WOT? 

Black Swan (AMC, 5:30 p.m.): As an apéritif to a night of stalkers and dual identities, AMC offers up this Oscar-winning Darren Aronofsky mindfuck.

Magic Mike (HBO Signature, 9 p.m.): Or, if you’d prefer, switch over to HBO Signature to complete your own personal double feature from the yet-to-be-realized, highly specific Netflix category of Dance-Related Movies from Visionary Directors with Heavy Homoerotic Undertones.


IN CASE YOU MISSED IT

Degrassi (Friday): Another finale brings another graduation day to Canada’s most dramatic high school, which dropped the “next generation” from its title a few years back because it’s technically chronicling the next-next generation of the kids of Degrassi Street. If you’re confused, Pilot Viruet suggests consulting this chart.