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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 07:46 PM
I know I'm a late comer for this show, but I just watched all 5 seasons in the past 3 weeks. Now, I'm an avid TV watcher. I'm pretty knowlegeable on TV history...not an expert, but I've seen most major shows. I will say this - Breaking Bad is the best TV drama in TV history. I've never been more hooked or blown away by a show's story, it's characters, writing, and directing. I used to agree with the general consensus that The Sopranos was the best show ever with Tony being the best TV character ever, but Breaking Bad and Walter White has definitely surpassed it. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourselves a favor, sign up for Netflix, and get caught up.

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  posted on 8/28/2013 at 09:49 PM
I love this show as well!! It's so well done, unpredictable, and definitely Bryan Cranston's definitive role!
 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 07:23 AM
I agree with you. I was a huge Sopranos fan, but watching Season 5 of Breaking Bad just underscores how badly David Chase dropped the ball with the last three seasons of the Sopranos. They slowwalked all those storylines: Adrianna working for the FBI, Chris spiraling out of control on drugs, Tony's war with New York.

Vince Gilligan would have compressed those storylines into a season and a half, and the show would have been better for it. With the Sopranos, they wanted to milk it for as much cash as they could get, so they introduced a lot of new story threads that went nowhere and then put Tony in a coma for four or five episodes to avoid furthering the plot. I knew I was getting some boring TV at the time, but looking back at it now, it's hard to believe that I even kept watching.

Compare that to Breaking Bad, where it's amazing how much they fit into one episode. I can barely sleep on Sunday nights after watching it.

 
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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 11:59 AM
I do love Breaking Bad a ton, but I'd still put The Sopranos and The Wire ahead of it. The Wire never wasted a moment, and David Simon knew when to bow out. A lot of people complain about the last season or two of The Sopranos, but even that is damn fine television. I didn't mind the coma stuff, and have even come to appreciate Uncle Junior's dementia, which I thought robbed the show of a great character/foil when I first saw it. Plus, the Sopranos did it first - brilliant episodic TV delivered in an epic cinematic format.

The only issue I have with Breaking Bad is there are some major plot holes at times and giant leaps in log by characters, but I do agree that it's pacing is much quicker - probably due to it being 42 minute episodes and The Sopranos being a solid 55 minutes sans commercial breaks. Some show's seasons feel like they begin at a crawl before going anywhere, but Breaking Bad has hit the ground running since the past 2 seasons are only 8 episodes.

Definitely miles beyond Mad Men, which lost me somewhere in the middle of season 4. Talk about milking a show.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 12:11 PM
Breaking Bad is great! I love it! And I don't have cable so please don't tell me how it ends. But I totally agree with porkchop bob. The Wire is the most realistic show I've ever seen. I just finished the entire series. David Simon is brilliant! Fantastic writing, great acting and it taught me so much. I never realized how much politics is in the police dept. Highly recommend The Wire!

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 01:34 PM
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I agree with you. I was a huge Sopranos fan, but watching Season 5 of Breaking Bad just underscores how badly David Chase dropped the ball with the last three seasons of the Sopranos. They slowwalked all those storylines: Adrianna working for the FBI, Chris spiraling out of control on drugs, Tony's war with New York.

Vince Gilligan would have compressed those storylines into a season and a half, and the show would have been better for it. With the Sopranos, they wanted to milk it for as much cash as they could get, so they introduced a lot of new story threads that went nowhere and then put Tony in a coma for four or five episodes to avoid furthering the plot. I knew I was getting some boring TV at the time, but looking back at it now, it's hard to believe that I even kept watching.

Compare that to Breaking Bad, where it's amazing how much they fit into one episode. I can barely sleep on Sunday nights after watching it.


I couldn't have said it any better myself. I feel a true sense of forboding and nervousness every time I watch Breaking Bad. It's visceral.

All of the stuff you said about the Sopranos is so true. They also dragged out that dumb "Johnny Cakes" storyline way too long.

Don't even get me started about the ending...horrible. Like "Lost", by the last season, I had grown so annoyed with the show, I was almost glad it was over. I'm very sad that Breaking Bad is ending, but it is great to go out on top.

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 01:40 PM
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I know I'm a late comer for this show, but I just watched all 5 seasons in the past 3 weeks. Now, I'm an avid TV watcher. I'm pretty knowlegeable on TV history...not an expert, but I've seen most major shows. I will say this - Breaking Bad is the best TV drama in TV history. I've never been more hooked or blown away by a show's story, it's characters, writing, and directing. I used to agree with the general consensus that The Sopranos was the best show ever with Tony being the best TV character ever, but Breaking Bad and Walter White has definitely surpassed it. If you haven't seen it yet, do yourselves a favor, sign up for Netflix, and get caught up.

[Edited on 8/29/2013 by BoytonBrother]


Agreed. Best writing, best acting, best plotline.....the whole shootin' match.

You oughta check out Justified (a close second, IMHO - Elmore Leonard created it and the writing is HILARIOUS), The Killing, and The Bridge.....all great.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 01:49 PM
Hope you don't mind me mentioning Treme, David Simon's follow-up to the wire--today is the eighth anniversary of Katrina and Treme followed several New Orleans stories dealing with the aftermath of that storm. The last 5 episodes will be shown on HBO starting dec. 1st. I was lucky enough to run into several folks associated with that production during my annual visits to New Orleans and I'm real proud that I was personally asked to leave the set when I managed to stumble onto it earlier this year! Treme didn't have the impact that these other shows had but it still did a good job showing the turmoil following the storm and how New Orleans residents had to deal with it and touched on several actual events--it helped to know what they were talking about and nola.com had a column explaining all the references the day after each show aired. The first two seasons are on dvd and there are cd soundtracks--the series was filled with music, just like New Orleans is!
 
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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 02:28 PM
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Hope you don't mind me mentioning Treme, David Simon's follow-up to the wire--today is the eighth anniversary of Katrina and Treme followed several New Orleans stories dealing with the aftermath of that storm. The last 5 episodes will be shown on HBO starting dec. 1st. I was lucky enough to run into several folks associated with that production during my annual visits to New Orleans and I'm real proud that I was personally asked to leave the set when I managed to stumble onto it earlier this year! Treme didn't have the impact that these other shows had but it still did a good job showing the turmoil following the storm and how New Orleans residents had to deal with it and touched on several actual events--it helped to know what they were talking about and nola.com had a column explaining all the references the day after each show aired. The first two seasons are on dvd and there are cd soundtracks--the series was filled with music, just like New Orleans is!


I love Treme. Every time I watch that show it makes me want to go to New Orleans. I also love how David Simon uses a lot of the same actors from The Wire. If you're a fan of The Wire, I highly recommend the mini-series "The Corner". It's in the same vein as The Wire (drug corners in Baltimore). It might be the best 6 hrs. of film I've ever seen.

I have a hard time picking the "best " show on tv. There's so many good shows on right now it's crazy. We're definitely in a golden age of television.

The Sopranos
The Wire
Breaking Bad
Homeland
Boardwalk Empire
Ray Donovan
Dexter
The Americans
Longmire
Hell On Wheels


These are a few of the shows I watch.

 

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  posted on 8/29/2013 at 03:13 PM
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Hope you don't mind me mentioning Treme, David Simon's follow-up to the wire--today is the eighth anniversary of Katrina and Treme followed several New Orleans stories dealing with the aftermath of that storm. The last 5 episodes will be shown on HBO starting dec. 1st. I was lucky enough to run into several folks associated with that production during my annual visits to New Orleans and I'm real proud that I was personally asked to leave the set when I managed to stumble onto it earlier this year! Treme didn't have the impact that these other shows had but it still did a good job showing the turmoil following the storm and how New Orleans residents had to deal with it and touched on several actual events--it helped to know what they were talking about and nola.com had a column explaining all the references the day after each show aired. The first two seasons are on dvd and there are cd soundtracks--the series was filled with music, just like New Orleans is!


Hey Pat!
Yes, I've watched 2 seasons of Treme and really enjoy it. Waiting to see Season 3. Love all the music,too- Trombone Shorty, Galactic, Steve Earle, etc.... When I discovered this was another David Simon show, it made me want to rewatch the whole thing.

Someone mentioned The Corner. That's on my list to see. After The Wire, I wanted to see everything David has created. Generation Kill is another must-see - a fantastic miniseries, true story about A Rolling Stone reporter, embedded with The 1st Recon Marines, chronicles his experiences during the first wave of the American-led assault on Baghdad in 2003. Fantastic!

 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 07:15 AM
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Hope you don't mind me mentioning Treme, David Simon's follow-up to the wire--today is the eighth anniversary of Katrina and Treme followed several New Orleans stories dealing with the aftermath of that storm. The last 5 episodes will be shown on HBO starting dec. 1st. I was lucky enough to run into several folks associated with that production during my annual visits to New Orleans and I'm real proud that I was personally asked to leave the set when I managed to stumble onto it earlier this year! Treme didn't have the impact that these other shows had but it still did a good job showing the turmoil following the storm and how New Orleans residents had to deal with it and touched on several actual events--it helped to know what they were talking about and nola.com had a column explaining all the references the day after each show aired. The first two seasons are on dvd and there are cd soundtracks--the series was filled with music, just like New Orleans is!


I love Treme. Every time I watch that show it makes me want to go to New Orleans. I also love how David Simon uses a lot of the same actors from The Wire. If you're a fan of The Wire, I highly recommend the mini-series "The Corner". It's in the same vein as The Wire (drug corners in Baltimore). It might be the best 6 hrs. of film I've ever seen.

I have a hard time picking the "best " show on tv. There's so many good shows on right now it's crazy. We're definitely in a golden age of television.

The Sopranos
The Wire
Breaking Bad
Homeland
Boardwalk Empire
Ray Donovan
Dexter
The Americans
Longmire
Hell On Wheels


These are a few of the shows I watch.


How about "Game of Thrones" and "Sons of Anarchy"? Those shows are two and three behind Breaking Bad IMHO. I also like "Boardwalk Empire" as well.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 12:31 PM
Can't wait for Sunday to come. It will be interesting to see what happens. During a clip of the next episode, you can hear Jesse saying Mr. White he's the devil, and Skyler saying You need to deal with this. They always surprise you in each episode.
 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 12:36 PM
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The only issue I have with Breaking Bad is there are some major plot holes at times and giant leaps in log by characters


Porkchopbob, what are the plot holes you refer to? And what did you mean about the characters? I do agree that Jesse never would've figured out that Walt was behind the poison, just from realizing his weed had been lifted.

 

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Hope you don't mind me mentioning Treme, David Simon's follow-up to the wire--today is the eighth anniversary of Katrina and Treme followed several New Orleans stories dealing with the aftermath of that storm. The last 5 episodes will be shown on HBO starting dec. 1st. I was lucky enough to run into several folks associated with that production during my annual visits to New Orleans and I'm real proud that I was personally asked to leave the set when I managed to stumble onto it earlier this year! Treme didn't have the impact that these other shows had but it still did a good job showing the turmoil following the storm and how New Orleans residents had to deal with it and touched on several actual events--it helped to know what they were talking about and nola.com had a column explaining all the references the day after each show aired. The first two seasons are on dvd and there are cd soundtracks--the series was filled with music, just like New Orleans is!


I love Treme. Every time I watch that show it makes me want to go to New Orleans. I also love how David Simon uses a lot of the same actors from The Wire. If you're a fan of The Wire, I highly recommend the mini-series "The Corner". It's in the same vein as The Wire (drug corners in Baltimore). It might be the best 6 hrs. of film I've ever seen.

I have a hard time picking the "best " show on tv. There's so many good shows on right now it's crazy. We're definitely in a golden age of television.

The Sopranos
The Wire
Breaking Bad
Homeland
Boardwalk Empire
Ray Donovan
Dexter
The Americans
Longmire
Hell On Wheels


These are a few of the shows I watch.


How about "Game of Thrones" and "Sons of Anarchy"? Those shows are two and three behind Breaking Bad IMHO. I also like "Boardwalk Empire" as well.


I also watch Game of Thrones. I like it a lot. It took me a while to get into it with so many characters. I've always wanted to watch Sons of Anarchy but I just never have.

 

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  posted on 8/30/2013 at 03:17 PM
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If you're a fan of The Wire, I highly recommend the mini-series "The Corner". It's in the same vein as The Wire (drug corners in Baltimore). It might be the best 6 hrs. of film I've ever seen.


Thanks for tip on The Corner. It can be viewed on Youtube ... I just watched the first episode ...very good. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQgN5TAnsNc

Love the title song to this series .. Corey Harris doing South Nashville Blues .. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDExfKLNTcY

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  posted on 9/3/2013 at 08:04 PM
Sundays episode was good, but one of the more non-eventful episodes. I still enjoyed it. I'm just wondering how they will tie everything together with only a few shows left. It seems like Walt goes away somewhere for a while, and word gets out. It would explain why his neighbor drops the groceries in shock and fear when seeing him.
 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:11 AM
In my opinion Breaking Bad is the finest show in television history. It is a true Greek or Shakespearean tragedy and the ending is likely to be harrowing and excruciating.

 

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:24 AM
I always want to hear peoples opinions of the show when they love it (as I think everyone should), but today I heard a girl on Sirius today say that she felt this season has sucked. I was dumbfounded!!

I have loved this season so far and every episode has been tense and revealing. Some people are just never happy I guess.

I honestly don't know why I care to read article comments and message boards, but I do. I guess need to get over it or just stop reading them altogether.

Hey wait, I'm typing this all on a message board...oh hell.

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  posted on 9/4/2013 at 11:29 AM
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Sundays episode was good, but one of the more non-eventful episodes. I still enjoyed it. I'm just wondering how they will tie everything together with only a few shows left. It seems like Walt goes away somewhere for a while, and word gets out. It would explain why his neighbor drops the groceries in shock and fear when seeing him.


It was eventful in two ways: 1) Jesse and Hank are teaming up and 2) Sklyer has broken bad as well by saying that they should kill Jesse.

I also loved how the first half was from Walt's perspective and the second half was from Jesse/Hank's.

 

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  posted on 9/5/2013 at 03:29 PM
good points tfhello. In the flash-forwards, Walt is shown dirty and with a full head of hair. He returns to his deloated home and his neighbor sees him and freaks out. I am left to assume that she knows of his criminal activities. But he must disappear for quite some time for the house to be in that condition, and for his hair to grow in fully. How can all that happen in just a few episodes? I'm sure they have it figured out, but I'm baffled.
 

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  posted on 9/6/2013 at 07:53 AM
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I know I'm a late comer for this show, but I just watched all 5 seasons in the past 3 weeks. Now, I'm an avid TV watcher. I'm pretty knowlegeable on TV history...not an expert, but I've seen most major shows.


Same here, and all seasons of "Walking Dead" from the Mid York Library. But I wouldn't say it was the best. (it's "Walking Dead" for me) But a close second. AMC has some pretty good shows. I also like "Hell On Wheels"

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  posted on 9/18/2013 at 06:52 AM
I can't believe nobody has talked about last week's episode yet. One of the greatest hours in the history of TV should not be overlooked.

Just when I think that this show can't get any better, it does.

The last two episodes are going to be epic!!!

 

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  posted on 9/18/2013 at 09:15 AM
Agreed. I don't know how they are going to wrap it all up though. I'm dying to know how his neighbor finds out about him, which would explain why she freaked out and dropped her groceries in the flash forward a few weeks back. It must've made the news that he's a drug lord. I can't wait.
 

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Agreed. I don't know how they are going to wrap it all up though. I'm dying to know how his neighbor finds out about him, which would explain why she freaked out and dropped her groceries in the flash forward a few weeks back. It must've made the news that he's a drug lord. I can't wait.


The flash forward takes place around his 52d birthday which is several months in the future. That's how is hair is grown back. At the end of last week's episode we see that the police now know everything based on Walt's phone call. Obviously the news will get out and in the flash forward we see HEISENBERG spray painted in the White's living room. The world knows. Of course at this point we don't know the fate between now and then of many of the characters.

 

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  posted on 9/18/2013 at 11:49 AM
right, I forgot about that. his family must've been killed or they are in hiding. the articles about it online say that the final episodes are not for the weak.
 
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