But, seriously. Which of these are we more excited about, and why? If we could only see one (which is fortunately not the case), which would it be? We've broken down some key factors in this investigation.
Characters (aka, the actors we don't particularly separate from the characters): On the Hunger Games side, we have Jennifer Lawrence, the excellent actress who seems also quite down-to-earth and nice, as far as these things go. On the Mad Men side, there's Jon Hamm. And we're all supposed to love him, how can we help it, he's so handsome and charming, but some of the stuff Don Draper has done is a little off-putting. And, in fact, it's not like he's volunteering as ad exec to save his younger brother from certain death or something (didn't he kind of/sort of actually cause the death of his half-brother?). In terms of pure selflessness, Katniss Everdeen (played by Lawrence) wins hands-down. Plus, she can use a bow and arrow like no one's business. Of course, Draper can take down a pretty impressive amount of booze, though we trust Betty's aim better...And, look, as much as we love Pete and Joan and Roger Sterling (swoon) and the gang, this really comes down to Katniss vs. Draper. Or Lawrence vs. Hamm. Someone who plans to see both dramas tells The Atlantic Wire, "Jennifer Lawrence is the new January Jones BUT NICER. Also I'm very turned off by Jon Hamm in the off season." He has been looking a bit puffy. Winner: Hunger Games.
Key plot elements: Kids killing kids in the Hunger Games vs. adults getting drunk and falling down, literally and metaphorically, in Mad Men. Winner: Tie.
Romantic side-plot: So, Katniss of the Hunger Games is sort of in love with but also just very much friends with a hot guy from her District named Gale. But when she volunteers to fight in the games, she gets to know Peeta, a boy from her town with whom she has a backstory, and, you know, when you're trying to survive as other youngsters try to kill you on live TV, sometimes it helps to have an ally who might also be seen as a romantic interest. And maybe the audience likes that. (The audience does like that, if the Team Peeta/Team Gale T-shirts and posters and the years of extensive love-triangle research are any indication.) In contrast, where are the Team Draper tees, the Team Betty signs held aloft by screaming youths, or even the staunch Team Peggy (for she deserves a team) activists? Plus, at the end of Season Four, if you can remember it, Don proposed to Megan, his secretary, thereby possibly ending (but probably not) his string of friendly womanizing. As for the rest of the romantic stuff in Mad Men, God, it's just been so long. Winner: Hunger Games.
Length we have waited for premiere: This is a key one, and it runs a bit counter to what you might think. See, the thing is, it's been years since we last saw Mad Men. Literally, years. And you'd think this would have us pretty damn excited, but instead, we're a little bit...numb. One person said, in response to the question of which drama was more anticipated, "I forgot what happened at the end of Mad Men, so Hunger Games." Matthew Weiner may want to rethink his no-spoiler policy, as fans of Hunger Games books seem simply desperate to see the movie -- and they know exactly what will happen. Maybe tidbits revealing plot development and upcoming controversies would have us a little more excited about Mad Men? Or, maybe two years is just too long to have to wait. We've learned to live without. If so, there's a lot riding on this coming first episode. Winner: Hunger Games.