If you’ve never watched the AMC series “Breaking Bad,” you’ve undoubtedly heard it being breathless praised by its fans as the pinnacle of TV drama, if not human achievement in general. But for some reason, you still can’t get interested? If that’s the case with you, perhaps a bit of specificity is called for. Here are five reasons you should be watching “Breaking Bad.”
The Cast “Breaking Bad” has one of the best ensemble casts in recent memory – a rock-solid group of actors that fully inhabit their characters, and no weak link in the bunch. There are highlights, of course, and although he has an incredible supporting roster, this is definitely the Bryan Cranston show – his performance as high school chemistry teacher turned meth cook turned prince of darkness is one of the best performances any screen medium has ever seen. And Aaron Paul as the burned out Jesse Pinkman is just as stellar.
The Ride One thing that separates “Breaking Bad” from other quality dramas is its sense of breakneck pacing and unbearable tension. The best episodes have as much suspense as “Jaws” with the benefit of characters that the audience has grown to know and love/hate thanks to the amount of material a TV show offers. When each season ends, it’s easy to imagine you’ve just been on the longest and most intense rollercoaster in the world.