Long before he was the smooth, philandering Don Draper and the subject of a Tumblr dedicated to his, er, looks, Jon Hamm was an awkward waiter who couldn’t get a date. An episode of the mid-’90s game show The Big Date featuring a young Hamm as a contestant has been making the rounds this morning, and it’s just as cheesy as you probably remember these being.
Which is why we’ve provided you with the only moments you really need to experience, including Hamm’s longer-in-the-back, shorter-in-the-front hairstyle, and his employment of the word fabulosity. It’s kind of hard to believe that a woman in the ’90s wouldn’t fall for that, but Hamm seems to be doing just fine now.
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