So men of the ’60s and ’70s weren’t like Mike Brady and Ward Cleaver? Who knew office environments (OK, maybe just ad agency environments) were so rife with alcohol, cigarettes and sex? These are the cads of Mad Men…
Jon Hamm as Don Draper
Men probably view Don Draper as some sort of iconic bad a** because he sleeps around, is sort of the HBIC (Head Bro In Charge), drinks like a fish and smokes like a stack — while at work. In other words, he lives a fairly unapologetic life. Women on the other hand are scared to death that their husbands are secretly like The Draper — playing father and husband at home and doing whatever the hell they want once their car leaves the garage. Admit it, ladies, since you started watching Mad Men, you’ve been wondering if your husband has a secret identity.
John Slattery as Roger Sterling
Here again, we’re sure every guy in their ’50s wishes they were aging like the still-sexy Roger Sterling. While his name sounds just a bit romance-novelish, Sterling is Don Draper’s boss, and about the only guy who can tell Draper what to do. When your name is on the building, which Sterling’s is, people listen — including women like the ultra-cool red-headed secretary manager, Joan Holloway. Sterling got greedy with wealth, position and power. There really is nothing more pathetic than a guy who pushes his luck, ends up in the hospital and cries like a 6-year-old boy telling his wife he loves her after having a heart attack on his office floor trying to get with someone his daughter’s age. Blek.
Vincent Kartheiser as Pete Campbell
We’re not sure where the casting director for Mad Men found Vincent Kartheiser for the role of the overindulged, insecure, at-times-slimy Pete Campbell, but they achieved prep-school boy perfection. This is the guy we’ve all met — born with a silver spoon in his mouth, disliked immensely, and since he’s never really had to work for anything in his life, he resorts to devious means to get ahead. Pete knocked up his secretary the night before he got married (cute) and tried to blackmail Draper after lifting Draper’s personal mail. Pete is one of the few characters that solicits a bit of sympathy. He’s young and making an effort — all the others are older, jaded and should know better.
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Christoper Stanley as Henry Francis