It quickly developed a loyal audience, with Hamm receiving strong reviews.
Robert Bianco of USA Today was complimentary of Hamm's performance, describing the actor's interpretation of Draper as a "starmaking performance".
Alan Taylor and Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner initially thought Hamm was too handsome for the role but ultimately decided, "it was perfect to cast sort of the perfect male in this part".
as the protagonist character Don Draper, in AMC's drama series Mad Men.
In the series, set in a fictional 1960s advertising agency, he plays a suave, married advertising executive with an obscure past.
The last thing I wanted to be out here was one of those actors who's 45 years old, with a tenuous grasp of their own reality, and not really working much. I said, if I can't get it going by the time I'm 30, I'm in the wrong place.
And as soon as I said that, it's like I started working right away.
His performance earned him the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Series – Drama during 20 and the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series during 2015. During 2008, Hamm appeared in a remake of the science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.