I have a confession to make, The Sopranos really messed my TV watching ability. It was the first drama that I watched and it was almost the last. The problem about Sopranos was that it was almost too good that any other drama I watched after just paled in comparison. See, I wanted to like other shows but The Sopranos warped my perception of what should be expected from TV.
This feeling stayed with me for quite some time — that is until I started watching Breaking Bad. I still remember the day I watched the first episode…followed by about 11 more. Therein lies the problem with Breaking Bad, much like The Sopranos it’s almost too good. I watched 4 seasons in a mere two weeks. It wasn’t healthy, but what was more unhealthy was the wait between episodes when I was caught up with the current season. The wait was painful, it brought me back to my days of watching The Sopranos. A masochist joy of sorts, when Sunday finally rolled around, it wasn’t a moment of happiness watching my favorite drama, it was more an ending to the pain. That’s how good Breaking Bad is, it’s so good that I don’t even enjoy — it’s so good that it gives me physical and mental anguish. That is a sign of a truly great TV show.
Now, if you would like to save yourself from losing two weeks of your life to catch up on Breaking Bad before it comes back. Just watch this, you’ll thank me later.