Many have said it before, but here it is once again: “Breaking Bad is the best TV show ever.”
And three years after its final episode aired, that statement arguably still rings true. We now have new favorites such as Game of Thrones or Stranger Things, but Breaking Bad’s five near-perfect seasons have yet to be matched. For those who have seen Walter White’s drug-fueled saga, it’s as clear as crystal as to why the series has been the recipient of every superlative in the dictionary. For those who still haven’t watched Breaking Bad—what are you waiting for? Read on why the world was addicted to Breaking Bad and why you should start watching it ASAP.
The Character Development
Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad’s creator, pitched the show as “the story about a man who transforms himself from Mr. Chips to Scarface.” Throughout the five seasons, the showrunner and his writers methodically pieced Walter White’s descent from mild-mannered, high-school chemistry teacher stricken with cancer to vile drug kingpin. As a result, Walt is one of the most compelling fictional characters you’ll come across in any medium.
Breaking Bad is heralded for its efficiency—there’s no wasted motion. It’s the rare TV show without any filler episodes. There wasn’t a scene in the entire series that didn’t contribute to moving the plot or developing a character.
Breaking Bad’s painstaking attention to its writing is also applied to the visuals and the colors of the show. Rarely does a TV show look as cinematic as Breaking Bad. And it’s not only the magnificent desert vistas of the American southwest shot in 35-mm film that’s to be appreciated, the meticulous framing of even the most mundane objects further enhance the storytelling and serve as metaphors.
There’s this joke that Breaking Bad lead star Bryan Cranston can just sneeze onscreen and he’d win an award for it. But it wasn’t only Cranston who was doing the heavy lifting when it comes to acting. He was flanked by a strong supporting cast, who were often pitted against each other during awards season: Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Dean Norris, Bob Odenkirk, Jonathan Banks, and Giancarlo Esposito.
Tragedy abounds in Breaking Bad, but one of its consistently impressive feats is how it manages to organically insert humor in even the darkest sequences. For instance, in the very first episode, an enraged Walter White snapped at his Romanian boss and took aim at his thick, black eyebrows. Despite being a serious scene, it was comedic gold.
This show will affect you. It will make your heart race. It will break your heart. It will punch you in the gut. It’ll keep punching you in the gut. It’ll keep you hooked, like Walt’s product. For those of us who’ve seen it already, we’re still having withdrawals three years after.
These may be setting expectations too high for the uninitiated, but Breaking Bad is just that good. Like Walter White’s brand of meth, it’s 99% pure.
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