#8: MAD MEN
Network: AMC
Stars: Jon Hamm, Elizabeth Moss, Christina Hendricks, January Jones, Vincent Kartheiser, John Slattery
Complex co-sign: Lauryn Hill said it best: It all falls down. In season four of AMC's high-minded, low-flying Emmy-winning drama, all the characters, but especially the mad men, experienced a precipitous descent. And it was amazing. It may seem to some that not much "happened" this season, but they weren't paying attention. We saw Lane Pryce flip his family (and 1962 society) the bird when he made it public that he's been dipping his stirrer in some brown sugar. Roger Sterling almost lost his life then wound up losing his mind, relapsing into an old love with an old flame. And then there was Don. His life's been a downward spiral since episode one, but this season we saw him make some puzzling, seemingly irrevocable decisions. All of this was happening while Sterling Cooper Draper Price lost clients faster than T.I. lost his endorsement deals. Things that go down, don't have to go back up, but Matt Weiner and Co. left us with hope that things will fair better for his characters in season five.