Since these Mad Men trailers are giving us nothing to discuss (We get it! You’re back! Now let’s see some new footage, please!), we’ve decided to play a different game. The last season premiere opened with the question: “Who is Don Draper?” Now, what if we were to take this question literally (who is a Don Draper?) and apply it to our favorite TV shows? We’re looking for men who wouldn’t think of leaving the house in pajamas (ahem Max Blum, you lovable man-child), men who consider emotion and failure to be the greatest of character flaws and stood as beacons of hope during the “great mancession” (now officially over). We’re looking for men like Dick Whitman who bury their crises and secrets far beneath the fabric of their perfectly tailored suits and must carry the dead albatross of great sexual prowess around their necks every day. Click through to see who we came up with and, as always, we invite you to make additions in the comments, because what else do you have to do until Sunday night?
The Hour: Hector Madden, TV anchor
In the race to fill the Mad Men void in our lives this past fall, The Hour — the story of a ’50s BBC news program — came out the clear winner, beating out the likely-to-be-canceled Pan Am and almost-instantly-canceled The Playboy Club. And while they share basically nothing in terms of plot (unless Matthew Weiner is about to throw us for a spy-tinged murder mystery loop), we can certainly draw comparisons in terms of form. Take Hector Madden for instance, head presenter at the titular The Hour. Like Don Draper, he exudes confidence and style, and boasts a nice square jaw — attributes that, in conjunction with his family connections, bolster him to the top of the newsroom food chain. His colleague Freddie Lyon, who lacks “traditional” attractiveness and success with women, stands as the foil to Hector’s masculinity. Freddie is the clear brains of the show, but Hector’s face is more adept at filling out a television screen.
The man beneath the suit: Deep down Hector finds his relationship with his wife and her upper crust family to be unfulfilling and oppressive, leading him to pursue affairs with other women, namely his producer Bel. As their relationship ensues we see glimpses of insecurity and jealousy every time Freddie is around, evidence that Hector knows the flimsy of his masculine veneer.