Sunday, June 7, 2015

Breaking Bad - TV Worth Watching | Favorites

I watched 'Breaking Bad' from the very beginning in 2008, and followed along every week it aired until the show ended in 2013. It is one of my favorite TV shows of all time.

Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever! -

A high school chemistry teacher gets a terminal cancer diagnosis, and starts to produce and sell meth with one of his ex-students, so he can make some money to leave to his family.

(I don't want to go into much more detail because I'm not a spoiler. Plus unless you've been living under a rock, you already know of the award-winning show by now.)  ;-D

It is one of the best TV shows in existence, at least in my opinion obviously. The extremely unique storyline, the ups and downs, dark and twisty turns, character development, superb acting, simple real-life sets, subtle humor, intense situations, etc. Even if it's not your type of show, it's definitely worth a try. Watch the first few episodes and see if you can get into it.

Some people read the short summary on or hear about it from a friend and pass on it because it sounds weird. Chemistry teacher who sells meth. WTF, right?
You just have to move past that and start watching to realize how complex and interesting the show is.
As you follow with each episode and on through the seasons, there is a tangled web which the characters weave together. The line between good and bad gets very blurry, and that is what you would want in a crime / drama / thriller type of show. You want to see the depth in the characters and the story. As in real life and in the show, not many things are in black or white, there is a lot of grey area.

Bryan Cranston has already received so much praise for his performance as Walter White / Heisenberg. Most people knew him as Malcolm in the Middle's slapstick dad, and then he blew viewers away with his intense, dark and impressive performance in 'Breaking Bad.'

Aaron Paul was originally meant to have a minor role as Jesse Pinkman, but the actor did such a good job, he got written in as Walter White's other half. The rollercoaster relationship between the duo framed out the rest of the story. Teacher-student..father figure-son..friend..foe...

I'm only mentioning the main 2 actors, but the entire cast was really great, not a dud in the bunch.
Notable characters: Hank Schrader, Saul, Mike Ehrmantraut, Gus Fring, Skyler, Marie, Walt, Jr.

Vince Gilligan, the creator and show runner, wrote for 'The X-Files' back in the mid-1990s to early-2000s. 'X-Files' is one of the most beloved, cult-classic sci-fi TV shows, and if he wrote several episodes for it, he has got some major credibility in my book.

If you haven't seen it yet, you're lucky you get to binge-watch and marathon through it now. If only we could selectively wipe certain memories and experience our favorite things all over again as if they were new.  :-)


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