TV Geek Army's Top 10 Favorite Mad Men Characters
(in no particular order!)

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Don Draper (Jon Hamm) – It all starts with the man who introduces himself with the manliest handshake of all time as he says, intensely, "Donald Draper." Of course, "Dick Whitman" would be just a smidge more accurate…
Roger Sterling (John Slattery)
– Delivers more out-of-the-park one-liners per episode than most get in a career.
Joan Harris (Christina Hendricks) –
Bombshell beauty with the personality to match.
Pete Campbell (Vincent Kartheiser) – Just when you're ready to hate on this guy for real, he shows you a side you couldn't expect.
Harry Crane (Rich Sommer) – It has been fascinating watching Harry transition from a nerd's nerd to a nerd's hedonist over the course of the 1960s.
Bert Cooper (Robert Morse) – You never know when this guy is going to transition, lightning quick-like,  from doddering old relic to dropping some serious levels of science on a colleague or subordinate.
Betty Draper/Francis (January Jones) – Betty (and January) has their detractors, but we say they are wrong wrong wrong. As complicated and subtle and delightfully odd a character and performance as you're likely to see on TV today.
Ken Cosgrove (Aaron Staton) – Everyone wants to hang out with Kenny. Except maybe Pete. Or Paul, back in the day. But still.
Sally Draper (Kiernan Shipka) – Gets ever more interesting as she grows up before our eyes.
Sal Romano (Bryan Batt)We still miss you, Sal.

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"I've always thought Jewish women are the most beautiful women in the world." - Roger
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"Well Dr. Leary, I find your product boring." - Roger
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"Reschedule the meeting." - Cooper
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"Hey Trotsky, you're in advertising." - Roger
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Is it time for Mad Men Season Five yet or what?
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After a long wait, we're heading into the home stretch.
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“Nixon vs. Kennedy” breaks out into two main stories: the first involves the presidential election of 1960 and more specifically the wild and crème de menthe-soaked office party at Sterling Cooper that takes place to celebrate the event, and the second showcases Pete’s dramatic confrontation with Don over the discovery of the latter’s true identity.
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“Indian Summer” features Don and Peggy making strides in their respective careers – Don is made partner in the wake of Roger’s second heart attack, while Peggy gets a raise and more responsibilities thanks to her adeptness with copy for a “weight loss” product for women – while their personal lives begin to unravel.
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“After all,” we might imagine Bert Cooper saying. “Who is really leading Don Draper’s life anyway?”
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Don Draper, the boy who would later learn to shape shift his personality and identity and sales pitch to fit the want of others, so that he might survive and even thrive. But at a price.
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Game, set, and match, Mr. Draper.
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“Babylon” delves into their desires for what they wish the world to be and how they rearrange their lives and suffer the consequences in trying to make it so.
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"5G” jolts us with a deep dive into Don’s back story while examining issues of identity and what people do to maintain a version of themselves that they want themselves and others to see.
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A key moment comes when we see Don sitting in his car under a bridge near the end of the episode.
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Anything can happen. We know this because it already has.
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“I feel like myself when I’m with you, but the way I always wanted to feel.” - Don to Megan
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"We're gonna sit at our desks and keep typing while the walls fall down around us because we're creative, the least important, most important thing there is." - Don Draper
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"I need a drink." - Bertram Cooper
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Jared Harris and Vincent Kartheiser to appear in major feature films.
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Don Draper and Mad Men reach a strange and wonderful new plateau in the summer of 1965.
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Where's the bottom, you ask? There's further to go down this lowball glass, I fear.
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