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.
The Daily Show has propelled more
comics to fame than just host Jon Stewart. Steve Carell, Ed Helms,
Stephen Colbert, John Oliver (OK, a lot of white guys) and many others
sparked their careers with regular appearances on Comedy Central’s “fake
When it comes to a series that transports
viewers to another world and forces us to connect with countless
characters, only to have them hurled into a different direction (cue
the “Red Wedding” reaction reel), Game of Thrones (Season
Premiere, 9 p.m. Sunday, HBO) is king.