Okay, so we all know the web loves "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm’s penis a little too much. It's farcically large and I, for one, am sick of hearing about it. But apparently people are still watching the actual show too! Season six opened to 3.4 million viewers earlier this month, and many fans have strong opinions about the long-running series, a few of them disappointed with aspects of the new season. During a "Mad Men" panel event at the Paley Media Center in Manhattan recently, show creator Matthew Weiner even told fans to just "sit back and enjoy where we're going."
Some of the gripes Weiner said fans have are: "There's not enough agency advertising. There's too much advertising. There's not enough Betty. There's too much Betty. Who is Megan? Why isn't there more Megan?" Basically, people need to simmer down and just watch the show.
You can't please everyone, but one thing we can agree on is that we're collectively fascinated with the vices of that era: drinking in the office, smoking like a chimney, illicit affairs. And the clothes are just so tailored and stylish -- I personally liked the '50s styles more, but we can all agree that Joan Holloway is still rocking it.
It's fun to live vicariously through these characters, so people do things like dress up and go to "Mad Men" viewing parties -- I've been invited to more than one. And maybe even go on "Mad Men"-inspired dates. So if you're a fan of the show, here are a few Don Draper-esque date night ideas. Go have a ball.
1. Dress Up With Nowhere To Go
Have you noticed how often we see the characters lounging about at home, smoking endless cigarettes and drinking endless martinis? When was the last time you dressed up just to sit around the house? Leave sweatpants territory behind and put on a bright, 1960s-inspired dress, then ask your guy to put on a Don Draper-worthy suit and tie. Tell him no T-shirts or sneakers allowed!
2. Venture To A Dimly-Lit Hotel Bar
Don Draper just adores hanging out in out-of-the-way cocktail dens. Why not take your guy on a sexy adventure to one, whether it's a trendy hotel bar or an underground speakeasy? He'll have a scotch on the rocks, and you'll have the finest artisanal cocktail their mixologist makes.
3. Take Your Date To Work
We know it's risque, but it's certainly been known to happen on the show. If knocking boots at work is a bit too much for you, raid your office liquor cabinet (you have one, don't you?) and knock back a couple of scotches. Call a cab.
4. Go To A Steakhouse
Don loves his steak. Whether or not you and your date like steak, this is still an excellent excuse to dress up all fancy. If you're on a diet or some nonsense like that, don't worry: You've traveled back in time to the 1960s when people didn't count calories.
5. Play A Mad Men Drinking Game
Invite some friends over (maybe do a double or triple date, and of course, make sure they dress "Mad Men"-appropriately) to watch the show on a Sunday. Then let the games begin. We like this one from Flavorpill.
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