Fave Mad Men Characters
They're all alcoholics who will die of liver and/or lung cancer but some are better than others…
- •Salvatore RamanoOh Sal, from episode one his major plot line seemed clear—the closeted gay man. He was gentle, good-hearted and got a pretty shitty deal. I was devastated when he left, but his departure paved the way for one of my other faves…
- •Megan DraperI didn't care much about her during the show but looking back she was a pretty cool lady. Some of my favorite episodes revolve around her and the cracks in her marriage to Don. Don took her for granted but she left a huge mark in his life and in Sally's.
- •Lane PryceI don't really know what it is, but Lane left a huge impact on me. He had a tragic story that I got really invested in. He challenged many of the characters—cough, Pete—and for sometime really helped the company.
- •Pete CampbellOkay stay with me… he is one of the most well-written characters on the show. He was consistent yet still managed to surprise us often. He was so well done that even in his darkest moments I found myself taking pity on him. In addition, I will never get over his abrupt aging—that was intentional, right?
- •Sally DraperHer evolution from young girl to bratty pre-teen into a confident and mature young woman made for some of the best out-of-office storylines. Sally's relationship with her parents, particularly Don, was always changing but never got tiresome.
- •Bert CooperIn my humble opinion, he was kind of like the glue that kept SC together. He was a sort of a voice of reason to many of the characters, especially Don, and even though he was racist and sexist, he had a heart of gold. Love him to the end of time.
- •Stan RizzoHe had an amazing development that was so well done I barely noticed, and when I did I immediately fell in love. The most important of his development was his friendship with Peggy that quickly became a heart of the show.
- •Peggy OlsonArguably the most evolved character on the show, Peggy's devotion to her career became a core attribute of her character but she was always still a human woman who desired the approval of Don and a love. The sheepish secretary we meet in episode one seems entirely different from the confident career woman in and out of the office that we say goodbye to in the finale. She also had an incredible hold over Don which always warmed heart or two.
- •Joan Holloway/HarrisSexy, strong, and smart. She's got it all. I always admired her for her outward confidence even when her personal life was falling apart. She brought a great contrast to the male dominated office and was crucial to so many plot lines whether her colleagues recognized it or not. Joan is a true inspiration.
- •Roger SterlingHe's a pig, a drunk, and overall a kind of horrible person but his comedic relief frequently made for my favorite scenes. Roger never seemed to have it together but was always more together than Don which meant he could call Don out when necessary. Even though they were never really together, I never stopped routing for him and Joan to rekindle, and even though they didn't I was perfectly satisfied with their friendship. I just love him.