Sure, Don Draper isn't the best person to take love advice from. But he certainly has some ideas for the perfect date. Find out how Mad Men, 30 Rock, and all the other comedies and dramas nominated for best series Emmys are teaching us how to step our dating game up with inspiration for the perfect night out (or in). And while you're at it, don't forget to fill out our fun Emmy ballot for a chance to win big!
The show: 30 Rock
The date: See an improv show
Man, Liz Lemon has it rough. As head writer of a sketch comedy show, she has to try and not pull her hair out when dealing with a difficult boss and an unstable star. Grab your honey and head to a local comedy show and just hope that you find the same level of craziness on stage.
The show: Mad Men
The date: Get close at a speakeasy
Has there ever been at episode that doesn't feature Don Draper at a dimly lit bar (with or without his latest mistress)? Cozy up with your love and a classic martini at a speakeasy or trendy hotel bar that screams "sexy." Bottoms up!
The show: Breaking Bad
The date: Visit a science museum
Where would Walter White be without all his science expertise? To make it to full-time meth dealer status, he started cooking in a van — and while that's not exactly the most ideal date idea, you two can bond over equally riveting exhibits.
The show: Modern Family
The date: Cook for family dinner
We can't all laugh with Phil, Cam, or Gloria over dinner once a week (sad face), but we bet your families are just as cool. Cook up a meal together, and invite both your parents and siblings over for a good time. (And if you're not that serious, substitute family for friends!)
The show: Game of Thrones
The date: Go to a Medieval festival
Let's see, the hit show features castles, knights in shining armor, and jousting tournaments galore — sounds like the perfect recipe for a Medieval date whether at a Renaissance fair or a restaurant like Medieval Times. Don't forget to tap into your inner king and queen.
The show: The Big Bang Theory
The date: Host a game night
How else do you bond with your socially awkward apartment neighbors than by having fun over game night? Follow in Penny's footsteps and invite your favorite couples over for a group date night full of competition and cocktails.
The show: House of Cards
The date: Road trip to your state's capitol
When Francis Underwood sets out to get revenge on the people who snubbed him for a secretary of state appointment, you know the congressman means business. Set out yourself on a civic lesson by taking a romantic road trip that ends at your state's capitol.
The show: Girls
The date: Eat ice cream and watch a movie in your pjs
What happens when you're a 20-something in the middle of a quarter-life crisis? Like Hannah, you eat lots of ice cream or cool whip and spend plenty of time in your jammies. Sulk (or celebrate) together by enjoying a relaxing night in.
The show: Homeland
The date: Build a care package for an overseas soldier
Marine Nicholas Brody may or may not be working for the enemy, but he's still considered a hero for serving time in Iraq. Take a cue from the show, and honor soldiers together by sending a care package or getting close over other volunteer date ideas.
The show: Downton Abbey
The date: Sip tea at a tea room
There's no denying that the British love their tea and that it's at the heart of many memorable scenes of the show — even connecting servants and the elite. Use it to connect with your favorite guy or gal by heading to a cute tea room. Pinkies up!
The show: Veep
The date: Vote in our Emmy ballot
The vice presidency isn't exactly what Selina Meyer expected it to be, but she got there because she was on the winning ticket. Exercise your constitutional right by discussing your Emmy picks with one another and then voting in our ballot. It's super easy and you could win $1,000! Consider it free date money.
The show: Louie
The date: Have dinner at a diner
How lucky are we to get a laugh out of Louie's everyday ordeals as a single dad in New York City? Channel his down-to-earth style by heading to an all-American diner with your main squeeze. Don't forget to share a milkshake!