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Tired of being the only one who has nothing to say about Mad Men? Have anxiety attacks at the thought of an Emmy party? Never fear! This guide will help you through the nebulous territory known as "Faking your way through a Don Draper conversation."

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Step 1: Know the key players

This is an ensemble show with a large, talented and often changing cast. The actors and characters you must, must know in order to avoid looking like a person who has been living in a hole for the past six years are as follows: 

  • Jon Hamm plays Don Draper, the Tortured Soul.
  • January Jones plays Betty Francis, the Ice Queen Extraordinaire.
  • Christina Hendricks plays Joan Harris, the Resilient Redhead Bombshell.
  • Elisabeth Moss plays Peggy Olson, the Feminist Icon.
  • John Slattery plays Roger Sterling, the Silver Fox.

Step 2: Have a few talking points

Always have a few solid talking points in your back pocket — ones that you can whip out to distract the masses. Examples are as follows:

Step 3: Go on the offensive

Sometimes, the best defense is a good offense. When confronted with a large, AMC-drooling Mad Men devotee, one-up his or her fandom. Say things like "Oh, you do things on Sunday nights? I can't do anything because of Mad Men." Boom.

Step 4: If all else fails...

If all else fails and you're drowning in a sea of Sterling-Cooper-Draper-Pryce, just say, "The fact that Jon Hamm has not won an Emmy is a travesty, a travesty, you hear me?" That's a several-day conversation that's sure to produce a lot of passion.

Step 5: Stop pretending

At the end of the day, these tips may get you through your next Emmy party, but are you really going to be able to live with yourself if you never watch Mad Men? There's a reason why this show has won 15 Emmys. There's a reason why Emotions With Jon Hamm is the best Tumblr on the internet. There's a reason why you should stop everything you're doing and spend the rest of the afternoon on Emotions With Jon Hamm.

Bite the bullet and watch Mad Men. And in the meantime, can you believe that Jon Hamm hasn't won an Emmy? Travesty, I tell you!

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