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December 3, 2012

Netflix Pick of the Week: Breaking Bad

by Andrew A. Lee

Information:

  •  Crime Drama/ Serialized Drama/ Dark Comedy
  •  2008-2012
  • 4 seasons
  • TV-14

Created By:

  • Vince Gilligan

Starring:

  • Bryan Cranston
  • Aaron Paul
  • Anna Gunn
  • Dean Norris
  • RJ Mitte
  • Betsy Brandt
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Giancarlo Esposito
  • Jonathan Banks

Breaking Bad chronicles the journey of a 50 year old chemistry teacher named Walter White (Bryan Cranston) who gets diagnosed with lung cancer, so as a result resorts to selling crystal meth with former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) in order to give his family (Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte) some financial stability before he dies. Perhaps what makes this series so great is how every episode makes the audience want to tune in to the next episode. No matter how twisted, evil, and violent the show gets, there is still a need for the audience to find out how the story unfolds. This is a show all about decisions and consequences, and as Walter White goes deeper into the meth business, his actions which were previously done in love of his family become more and more morally questionable as he hurts other people for personal gain. By the end of the fourth season, this once noble man who the audience had sympathy for becomes the epitome of evil. Breaking Bad is not unlike watching a train wreck. Train wrecks are destructive, violent and horrible monstrosities, yet at the same time one cannot look away. Combine this with top notch acting, directing and camerawork similar to the works of Quentin Tarantino or Alfred Hitchcock, top notch acting (particularly from Bryan Cranston whose character is a drastic departure from his erratic but lovable character Hal from Malcolm in the Middle) and suspensefully deft writing, Breaking Bad has the amazing recipe for a completely addicting show.

Watch the TV show here.

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