Are you watching on Sunday? After a hiatus of over a year, Mad Men—and its iconic rake, Don Draper—return to our television sets.
Draper epitomizes the hypocrisy of If He’s Hot, He’s an Anti-Hero—imagine, if Draper were less good-looking (because honestly, could there be a better-looking man than Jon Hamm?) then no-one would tolerate his behavior, neither within the series nor viewing at home. Don is a scoundrel, albeit a tortured one, and his choices in life are often despicable.
But for myriad reasons—the writing, the acting, the characters and their relationships—we watch, and we sympathize, and we hope against hope that someday Don will be happy.