Throughout its seven seasons, Mad Men has remained as elusive as its complicated
lead character Don Draper. Audiences never quite knew what the
heavy-drinking, handsome ad man would do next, much like the story
Like a film femme fatale from that era, Mad Men
lured audiences in with the idealistic beauty of men and women who
dressed up every day to go out into a picturesque world that seemed so
different from ours — something perfectly embodied by the impossibly
handsome and charming Don Draper and the advertising industry in
Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief (8
p.m. Sunday, HBO), based on the book by Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence
Wright, looks to dispel rumors and drop some serious information about
Scientology on the masses.
This Sunday, HBO offers another look at the early AIDS crisis, also based on true events. The Normal Heart, adapted from Larry Kramer’s semi-autobiographical
Tony Award-winning play, explores the social, medical and political
responses to an unknown disease attacking the gay population in
early-’80s New York City.