6) Peggy and Pete sneak a quickie in the office (Season 1, Episode 8)

Peggy and Pete sometimes feel like the least erotic pseudo-couple on the show, but when they find themselves alone together at the Sterling-Cooper offices, their encounter — glimpsed partially through the frosted walls of Pete's office — was surprisingly hot, given how awkward most of their past together had been.

7) Don and Rachel kiss on the roof (Season 1, Episode 3)

Don Draper has had a lot of mistresses — at least five, but who knows how many affairs happened off-screen? And while we knew Don was a philanderer from the end of the pilot episode, this was the first time we really saw Don's seduction techniques from the start. Between the marvelous location and the howling of the corporate watch dogs, it's easy to get swept up in the illicit romance of it all as Don and Rachel finally kiss.

8) Joan and Roger meet in a hotel room (Season 1, Episode 6)

Joan and Roger may have been the couple viewers rooted for the most — the sexy secretary and the also sexy ad-firm partner, not married but with crackling chemistry. Even after their daytime go-around in the rented room, they couldn't keep their hands off one another, and who could blame them? They've both moved on since then, but most of us would love to see them get back together.

9) Don and Bobbie hide from the rain (Season 2, Episode 3)

Don and Bobbie share one of the most notorious scenes in Mad Men history, a business negotiation in which Don goes to extreme lengths to get the, uh, upper hand. But this scene is more erotic, as two strong personalities fight for dominance in the shared space of a beautiful early-'60s car. Don may have been trying to resist temptation at this point, but can you blame him for giving in here?

10) Sal almost makes it with a bellhop (Season 3, Episode 1)

This was perhaps the scene you've been anticipating for the entire series. Joan is a fox; Don is an Adonis. But both of them got busy on regular occasions. It was poor, closeted Sal who was most contained, so the moment that facade drops was extra-hot. Cooped up in a hotel room without air conditioning, Sal finds himself tipping the bellhop in a very nontraditional way. Sure, the moment is interrupted, but be honest: you wondered for a second if you would see an actual penis on cable TV, didn't you?

Commentarium (20 Comments)

Jul 16 10 - 5:22am

totally on the Sal scene. i thought of it instantly when i saw the title of this article

Jul 16 10 - 10:00am

Great list. I also loved the Sal scene. If it were up to me, I'd say more Pete and Peggy and bring back Sal. I'm tired of all the action Don gets; it's the same thing every time.

Jul 16 10 - 10:52am

Let's not get crazy, Don is still far and away the sexiest thing on the show. Sal is kinda strange looking in my opinion.

Jul 16 10 - 1:06pm

Don+Betty+Rome=YES PLZ!

Jul 16 10 - 3:21pm

Betty, the washing machine and Astrud Gilberto's "Agua de Beber" was one of the hottest scenes ever on TV.

Jul 16 10 - 11:51pm

What about the scene where Bobbie tries to blackmail Don, and he pushes her against a table, and sticks a hand up her dress? Hottest scene in mad men history, I'm disappointed you guys missed it! It was on my DVR for weeks ;)

Jul 17 10 - 2:18am

Betty and the washing machine. No one ever acknowledges female masturbation so it was surprising and hot. So hot.

Jul 17 10 - 12:34pm

They refer to that scene in the other Don/Bobbie scene on the list.

Jul 17 10 - 1:55pm

Along the lines of Betty and the washing machine, what about Peggy and the 'stress reduction' device she takes home to try out. Her reaction to turning it on was priceless.

Jul 23 10 - 3:17pm

I love sex...

Jul 24 10 - 8:53am

Betty and Captain Awesome was so hot.

Jul 17 11 - 12:14am
Mr. Awesome

Major props for calling him Captain Awesome.

Oct 19 10 - 12:51am

Don reeks sex. He's a cad and a scoundrel and a seriously damaged little soul, but he just does. something. right.

Nov 06 10 - 3:32pm

What do you think?

Feb 27 12 - 7:27am

very goood

Aug 09 11 - 2:44pm

"Agua de Beber" wasn't even written until 1961, and the Astrud Gilberto version that is playing in this scene wasn't recorded and released until 1965. Sexy as it may be, the bossa movement was a major part of the 60's and definitely didn't hit until the mid-60's and is DEFINITELY an anachronism.

Oct 14 11 - 4:48am

I find Pete Campbell (the character, not so much Kartheiser) insufferably sexy. I would WRECK that bitch.

Jan 02 12 - 1:15pm

How in the hell can you not include the scene where Don asks the hooker to hit him while they are fucking?!?! I'm disappointed.

Mar 14 12 - 5:26pm

That wasn't sexy, that was just pitiful. Don feeling sorry for himself and wanting to be punished.

May 23 12 - 5:33am

i need to have my so long with a senior lady