>Just a few days to go, and Season 4 of Mad Men will be coming to a close. And what a year it's been...

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For me this season has been the strongest to date. Gone were the teething problems of the past—the sometimes sluggish pacing, excessive talkiness, and drifting silences—replaced by a show that's gone from strength to strength each and every week. There honestly hasn't been a bad Mad Men episode all season long, and the show's scripting, acting and direction are simply in a different league from most cable, and especially network, shows.

What sort of a year has it been for the staff and partners of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce?

Here's a look back at the rising (and falling) fortunes of the Mad Men guys and girls...