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Breaking Bad fans -- Are they all similarly obnoxious about their obsession with this show?

I have three different friends who love this show; a co-worker, an older gay friend and a straight male friend (and his wife, so 4 total). None of them know each other, they're all from separate areas of my life.

I'm not exaggerating when I say that each one of them brings it up each time I see them. They are constantly asking if I watch it even after I've told them all repeatedly that it holds no interest for me. My straight male friend in particular keeps trying to "sell" me on it. "You gotta watch it !" I hear from him constantly. My gay friend just seems to forget they I don't watch it. "Did you see last week's?" I have to remind him again that I've never watched the show. Then I have to hear for the 1,000th time that I "should".

Now my co-worker is throwing a party to watch the finale. She wants me to come to her house and watch it with her friends. She invited other people from the office but as far as I know the ones who've said they're going are fans of the show. We don't even really socialize much outside of work so it's even weird that she's inviting co-workers.

What is it with fans of this show?

by Anonymousreply 10509/27/2013

It will be over soon and then it will no longer be an issue for you.

by Anonymousreply 109/09/2013

Boy, you're just not in with the In Crowd, baby!

by Anonymousreply 209/09/2013

Get ready, OP.

by Anonymousreply 309/09/2013

Poor you

by Anonymousreply 409/09/2013

You really should watch it, OP. Last night's episode had me on edge and I couldn't sleep last night in anticipation of next week's episode.

by Anonymousreply 509/09/2013

I'm with you OP. I don't have any interest in meth culture, and Bryan Cranston annoys me. Similarly, I find prison culture unpleasant and have no interest in Orange Is The New Black. Never liked The Sopranos either - loud stupid Italians are unwatchable.

And yes, everyone I know who's followed any of these shows is practically rabid about making other people watch.

by Anonymousreply 609/09/2013

Most of the people I know IRL are more obsessed with stupid, lowest-common-denominator shit like Big Brother and the Real Housewives. I only know a couple people who love Breaking Bad, wish I knew more. Sorry your friends have better taste than you, OP.

by Anonymousreply 709/09/2013

I'm afraid I'm one of those super-fans, OP. I try not to overdo it with people I know don't watch it, but it's simply a masterpiece.

by Anonymousreply 809/09/2013

But OP you gotta watch this show!!

Actually you need to follow it from the beginning to get the intensity of the show.

I watch it in a movie theater. The show is packed with people who like the show and it's a lot of fun to watch the show in a room (200 or so) full of people who view the show as being good.

I'd say you should go to the finale party and just watch the people watching the show. You might have fun.

by Anonymousreply 909/09/2013

I binge-watched the first 4 and a half seasons on iTunes earlier this year, having heard so much about it, and am now watching the final episodes as they air on AMC. My partner hasn't seen any of the earlier seasons, so even though he's watching with me, it doesn't mean as much to him.

by Anonymousreply 1009/09/2013

I cannot recall a TV show that has reached the level of perfection that Breaking Bad has...

by Anonymousreply 1109/09/2013

Yeah, I've seen the obnoxious fans, on imdb message boards for other shows, they're running around saying Breaking Bad is better. It's a turn off, trashing great shows like American Horror Story just to promote their own personal favorite.

by Anonymousreply 1209/09/2013

OP, your friends sound like very sweet people for wanting to include you in their interests. My friends could give an uppity fuck about my penchant for daytime soap operas.

by Anonymousreply 1309/09/2013

Not to be that guy, R12 -- I enjoy the campy fun of AHS -- but it really doesn't compare.

by Anonymousreply 1409/09/2013

r11, that said that about The Wire and The Sopranos. Get off your high horse.

by Anonymousreply 1509/09/2013

How popular is it? It's soooooo popular that they've created it in Legos. :)

Bricking Bad!!

by Anonymousreply 1609/09/2013

I can't get into the show. I've tried getting into it. Started it twice on Netflix, but give up fairly quickly. It's way too bleak for me. I don't like most of the characters.

Everybody I know is obsessed with the show. I live in Albuquerque where it is filmed. They've filmed dozens of scenes in my neighborhood. One of my friends worked on the show.

I love how most of the responses thus far have been urging the OP to watch it.

by Anonymousreply 1709/09/2013

How are they on gay characters by the way? Straights still don't get that a show with a large cast, should include a few openly-gay characters. They're still happy to watch shows with no gay characters for years and see nothing wrong with it. We're entering season 4 of Walking Dead, and as of yet, not a single gay character. Not even any real references to the existence of gay people. The show assumes gay people are so unimportant not only are they unnecessary to be portrayed, the concept of homosexuality doesn't even need to ever come up in conversation. And the show's straight fans couldn't care less.

by Anonymousreply 1809/09/2013

I've never watched the show because the title sounds obnoxious and i still don't know what the fuck it means.

by Anonymousreply 1909/09/2013

I actually like some of the earlier seasons where it had some black humor to it.

by Anonymousreply 2009/09/2013

Aren't all you haters going to feel stupid when in 5 years you finally get addicted to it and run around begging people to talk about Breaking Bad?

by Anonymousreply 2109/09/2013

It was strongly implied that Gus Fring was gay. Gale was questionable as well. This isn't really a show about relationships other than those within Walter White's family, so I'm glad in a way that they didn't awkwardly shoehorn in a gay storyline just for the sake of having one.

Who knows, maybe Walt Jr. and Louis are more than just friends.

by Anonymousreply 2209/09/2013

Maybe you should start from the first season. Those people all tell you it's great and you won't even give it a chance? It's won awards.

I don't watch it either but I know it must be pretty special, for so many people to love it.

What happens with most shows is they start out so great but after a few years the writing gets stale. I hope the fans will be pleased with their last season.

On the other hand...all Dexter writers, should be lynched.

by Anonymousreply 2309/09/2013

[quote]On the other hand...all Dexter writers, should be lynched.

Such an awful, awful season. How sad for them to go out on such a bad note. They should have wrapped it up after Season 4.

by Anonymousreply 2409/09/2013

AHS isn't just campy fun, r14. To conclude that you'd have to have completely ignore all the strong pro-gay themes in season 2 especially. And I for one appreciate a quality, well-written and acted show that is aggressively pro-gay. Watching shows that coddle homophobic viewers by cleansing them clean of gays and gay references, is pretty depressing actually, especially in 2013.

by Anonymousreply 2509/09/2013

I'm sorry, but it doesn't hold a candle to Pawn Wars or Honey Boo Boo. Plus, the 14th or 15th season of American Idol. And what about Survivor? That never gets old. I've been watching it for the 25 or 30 years it's been on tv. Who will win? The suspense is amazzzzing!!!

by Anonymousreply 2609/09/2013

[quote] I've told them all repeatedly that it holds no interest for me

I bet you have never even watched it.

by Anonymousreply 2709/09/2013

R27, what part of "it holds no interest for me" do you not understand?

I have to say that I love how 80% of the posts here are confirming my headline.

As someone else said: it's too bleak. I'm not enthralled by gangster culture and the meth storyline repulses me. Nothing about it appeals to me.

Notice that none of my observations are criticisms, they're statements of personal taste. I'm sure the show has its merits. It just isn't to my tastes.

by Anonymousreply 2809/09/2013

I've no interest in Breaking Bad, but I have a friend who asks me every time I meet her if and when I am going to watch Orange is the new Black. She's already watched the first series twice.

To be honest, I'd rather be hiking in the mountains.

by Anonymousreply 2909/09/2013

R23 Dexter has always been far fetched and the way that Dexter gets away with his antics for so long has become utterly ridiculous. This recent episode of Breaking Bad is starting to remind me of a bad Dexter episode. The Deus Ex Machina device used in it is straight out of a comic book plot. I've enjoyed the series up until now but things have been a bit ridiculous plot wise lately . Please don't tell me that Hank and Gomez are the only agents that know about Walter White. That would be incredibly silly. We know from the Flash Forward that Walt survives and that ruined things a bit.He seems to be on the run and he gets the ricin.For what purpose? That keeps me watching no matter what happens at this point.

by Anonymousreply 3009/09/2013

I love Breaking Bad, but can't stand sports or dumb action/superhero movies, so when people blather on about those topics it drives me nuts. Then you have the breeders who never shut about their incredibly average kids. We all suffer one way or another.

by Anonymousreply 3109/09/2013

I also thought it would be interesting if they had a gay meth dealer, and shown the effect of meth on the gay community. Or had a storyline that showed how far reaching the effect of Walter White's actions were by focusing on some of the people who had become addicted to his blue meth. But the Jane story did that quite well by showing how much a person can change and become evil while using hard drugs, although it was heroin in that case.

And I admit that I'm a Breaking Bad fanatic too. I think why it's become so popular is that it's incredibly good AND entertaining. All too often with TV shows, it's either/or.

The good thing for you, OP, is that it'll quiet down in about a month after the show ends and the finale has been thoroughly discussed.

Just hope it doesn't turn out like Lost. Never got into that show, and people just won't shut the fuck up about it.

by Anonymousreply 3209/09/2013

[quote] Or had a storyline that showed how far reaching the effect of Walter White's actions were by focusing on some of the people who had become addicted to his blue meth

Like the storyline of the little boy Jesse helped, who was the child of two skank meth addicts in the episode Peek a Boo?

Like Combo, who was shot and killed by a little kid for dealing meth on "his" corner?

Like that same little kid who was killed by Gus's men for being involved in the meth trade?

Like the fact that that same little kid was the younger brother of Jesse's gf, who Jesse was trying to re-addict to meth until he found out she had a kid?

by Anonymousreply 3309/09/2013

I like the show but that gunfight was absolutely retarded. All those neo nazis lined up and aiming at Hank and Gomez, who are standing out in the open, and nobody can hit them after opening fire?

by Anonymousreply 3409/09/2013

The Peek A Boo parents had a lot more problems than just being addicted to the blue meth.

And I don't know mean the violence associated with the dealing of meth, or other peripheral downsides to the drug business, I meant someone normal who gets turned on to it and sees their life completely collapse because of the effects of it.

I think the show hasn't suffered for not including it, and I'm not saying anything against it the storytelling thus far. I just thought it would be interesting. You don't have to be a dick about it.

by Anonymousreply 3509/09/2013

Combo was a user and a dealer and he wound up dead and his mother was heartbroken.

Wendy the prostitute was a meth user who whored herself out for her next hit.

by Anonymousreply 3609/09/2013

Great shows like Breaking Bad feel more like watching well-made independent films, OP. It's a completely different experience from watching network TV. If you just sat through the first season (only 7 episodes long), you'd be hooked too.

by Anonymousreply 3709/09/2013

Oh please r37. They are glorified soap operas.

by Anonymousreply 3809/09/2013

Downton Abbey is a glorified soap opera. Breaking Bad is a work of art.

by Anonymousreply 3909/09/2013

r39 - soap operas can be works of art.

by Anonymousreply 4009/09/2013

Gloried soap operas are better than most of the crap on TV, there is value in a pleasant time killer. Even real soaps can provide that, but the gloried soaps are so much better with the vastly improved acting and writing.

by Anonymousreply 4109/09/2013

Be tolerant, OP. People had to put up with your Dynasty obsession in the '80's.

by Anonymousreply 4209/09/2013

[quote]Great shows like Breaking Bad feel more like watching well-made independent films, OP.

I'm sorry, does your condescending tone indicate that you assume I've never watched a made-for-cable series before???

I seriously cannot believe how thoroughly the BB fans have embodied my question. Jesus fucking Christ! You people act like you're the first ones to discover a 5th network!

Just so y'all know: I have had HBO and Showtime for over a decade. I even watch several other original AMC shows. I also have an active Netflix subscription, was born after TV was invented but before the Internet was, and I've probably seen more independent films than you. But do keep schooling me with your vast knowledge, insufferable BB fans!

I honestly thought this thread would be a half dozen people agreeing with me, an equal number of defensive BB fans, a little snark and then a quick death. But this is sooooo much better!

Please, tell me more about what I don't understand about the magical world of TV programming. I just can't wait to be schooled some more by our wise and outspoken band of Breaking Bad fans.

by Anonymousreply 4309/09/2013

[quote]To be honest, I'd rather be hiking in the mountains.

You know, R29, some of us are able to hike and enjoy great television.

You smug bitch.

by Anonymousreply 4409/09/2013

[quote] soap operas can be works of art.

You are the Maryest Mary who ever Mary-ed.

by Anonymousreply 4509/09/2013

We're not talking to you anymore, OP. we're talking about Breaking Bad.

I missed the "brains" part. Why were they in the garbage?

by Anonymousreply 4609/09/2013

The brains were beef or pork brains from the grocery. Earlier in the episode, Hank had used them to make a phony photograph that looked like Jesse was laying with his brains blown out. He showed this photo to Huell in order to scare him into giving up the information on the rental car Walt used to go bury the money. He told Huell that Walt had had Jesse blow away and that he ( Huell ) was next on Walt's hit list ( all fabricated, of course. )

by Anonymousreply 4709/09/2013

CHrist, R18, I am an ardent fag hag of 40+ years, and that would never occur to me! You sound like blacks bitching, "where are the blackS", etc. A show is a show is a show. I don't think art - although I am stretching it with the word "art", as applied to most TV - should be subject to "quotas." Someone wants to write a show about gay characters, or include same in a show - fine.

I read, some years ago, that studies/statistics were done on the number of female vis male characters in most TV shows: women were something like 6%. Only 6%. Ask any working actresses in SAG-AFTRA about this. Sucks but it is what it is.

"THis is a man's world", the song goes. "Straight" is understood. I don't like it either. Doesn't affect my enjoyment of various TV shows.

Sorry to rant. I DO get your point.

by Anonymousreply 4809/09/2013

R40, R39, etc. You haven't even watched it so why are you so adamantly opposed to it? As for The Wire, The Sopranos. Watched them both, liked them both but they were flawed and nowhere near perfect. Breaking Bad is perfection all the way through.

Most shows that I loved including The X-Files which Gilligan worked on have their weak seasons and moments where they either jumped the shark or came dangerously close to it. Breaking Bad really is a masterpiece of a show. If you haven't watched it, then you have no opinion...but wait you do have an opinion. Why is that??

by Anonymousreply 4909/09/2013

[quote]You sound like blacks bitching, "where are the blackS", etc.

Wow.

by Anonymousreply 5009/09/2013

I have a friend who happens to be black that will not watch Game of Thrones because there are no black characters.

He freely admits it. There are a few minor characters in season 2 but not enough for him to watch.

On to OP's question, I love the show but if you don't so fucking what. Tell your friends you don't want to watch it and that's the end.

I can't stand Mad Men, suffered through the first two seasons. I believe I'm the only fag alive that hates the show but after my constant bitching about how much I hate the show, everyone doesn't bother about watching it.

by Anonymousreply 5109/09/2013

Pity the fag that R48 is friends with. But I have a feeling it's one very gay guy in her office she pries to talk about fashion with and, if he brings up his partner, she finds an excuse to leave the room.

You bitch about gays and "blacks" wanting representation on TV, and then bitch about women not having representation on TV.

by Anonymousreply 5209/09/2013

R51, I agree on Mad Men. I gave it two seasons, but couldn't get into it. I didn't know it had much of a gay following. To me I always thought it attracted straight guys since the premise is basically It's So Hard Being A Gorgeous, Upper Middle Class Straight White Man in the 1950's. I also got the impression that straight women liked it too for the fashion.

by Anonymousreply 5309/09/2013

Mad Men is a great-looking show, but a total snooze. You can feel the smugness radiating through the tv, too.

by Anonymousreply 5409/09/2013

[quote]It's a turn off, trashing great shows like American Horror Story just to promote their own personal favorite.

Are you kidding? AHS is intolerable. Poor writing, directionless, hammy, and worst of all, it steals all it's atmosphere from other, better horror films. I gave up fairly quickly on the show while my partner stuck through season one. But even he bailed on season two. God, for all the scene chewing in the series I'm surprised they had any sets left by the season finale.

by Anonymousreply 5509/09/2013

... almost as bad as people on 'Spotify' or whatever, who have to foist their stupid music off on you all the time. I'll listen to what the fuck *I* want to listen to. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 5609/09/2013

[quote]You bitch about gays and "blacks" wanting representation on TV, and then bitch about women not having representation on TV.

R48 isn't bitching about the lack of roles for women. R48 is saying there are a lot of kinds of people not represented on TV and it sucks, but get over it.

I don't care there's no gay men or women on BB. It doesn't need it and it knows they story it wants to tell.

by Anonymousreply 5709/09/2013

Maura & Scott's baby shower. What on earth is this doing on youtube?! LOL

by Anonymousreply 5809/09/2013

Oh sorry - wrong thread (LOL)

by Anonymousreply 5909/09/2013

Love love BB, but I do feel that the material covered in the last two episodes could've been condensed to about 15 minutes.

by Anonymousreply 6009/09/2013

Can't you hike while watching it on iTunes?

by Anonymousreply 6109/09/2013

"I've seen the obnoxious fans, on imdb message boards for other shows"

Me too, I've seen them invading more than one geek board. They remind me of the "Dark Knight" trolls (young, white, male, obnoxious), although so far they aren't as bad.

Me, I'm never going to watch "BB". Part of my job involves dealing with druggies, I don't need to watch them in my spare time.

by Anonymousreply 6209/09/2013

R48 is a perfect example of why there are almost no straight women who belong on DL.

by Anonymousreply 6309/09/2013

[quote] but they were flawed and nowhere near perfect. Breaking Bad is perfection all the way through.

No. I like the show a lot, but no. The train robbery was ridic. And the two planes crashing because Jane's father was depressed was just too tv. I get that Gilligan had an idea in his head -- the imagery of the red teddy bear in the pool; the loose teddy bear eye rolling around -- oh yeah, that would be great imagery of a plane crash, wouldn't it? Yeah, it is great imagery of a plane crash. But that crash was just wrong. We get it -- Walt does bad things and they affect a lot of people. The leap of adding two planes crashing to Walt's list of victims was ... so very tv.

The killing of the henchmen inside of prisons all at the same time? Come on.

Walt not getting pissed at Todd for wasting the kid? up until then Walt was a persnickety guy with a huge ego who would never have out up with someone making a decision like that without his ok. Walt and Jesse were still tight and should have made plans to disappear Todd and blame it on Lydia. Todd spoiled Walt's big train caper. For that alone, the Walt we'd been watching would have made sure to kill Todd off while getting rid of Lydia and keeping the white power guys on his side, but at a distance. It was an obvious plot contrivance to make us hate Walt. (Walt knew Brock wasn't going to die. He was careful with his poisoning of him)

The Walt Whitman gift from Gale in the bathroom? Plot contrivance.

And is it a rule now that the guy who played Gale has to appear on every cable tv show?

I like the show a lot. But it's not perfection.

by Anonymousreply 6409/09/2013

I love the OP! I can't imagine spending a Sunday evening watching this depressing show. The horrors of Meth addiction are all too reaI and I have known people who have a problem with meth. I will stick with Homeland, Boardwalk Empire, The Good Wife and The Walking Dead since I don't know any terrorists, zombies, lawyers or gangsters. Thank you very much.

by Anonymousreply 6509/09/2013

[quote] I've seen them invading more than one geek board

We've already turned this thread into a Breaking Bad discussion in case you haven't noticed, oh brilliant one.

by Anonymousreply 6609/09/2013

Most fantards of any show are difficult to deal with. Why should BB fans be any different.

by Anonymousreply 6709/09/2013

[quote]the Walt we'd been watching would have made sure to kill Todd off while getting rid of Lydia and keeping the white power guys on his side, but at a distance.

Why would Walt kill his eastern European distributor, or have the aryans do it?

by Anonymousreply 6809/09/2013

"The horrors of Meth addiction are all too reaI and I have known people who have a problem with meth. I will stick with Homeland,"

Okay, that is just too delicious to let go...

But my point is: who cares if people aren't into Breaking Bad? Enough people are watching it that we got a full series out of it. As a fan that's all I care about. There's plenty of "appointment" television that I don't give a shit about. And why should I? Why should others give a shit about Breaking Bad if they're not into it?

by Anonymousreply 6909/09/2013

Every fan is proving OP right.

by Anonymousreply 7009/09/2013

Am I missing something, r69? Homeland is about meth addiction or do you just have a problem with reading comprehension?

by Anonymousreply 7109/09/2013

"CHrist, [R18], I am an ardent fag hag of 40+ years, and that would never occur to me! You sound like blacks bitching, "where are the blackS", etc. A show is a show is a show."

Why are you going off on that guy, R48? A show is indeed a show, and people can decline to watch it for any reason they please, including a lack of characters they can identify with.

And there's nothing wrong with saying that's why you're not into a show. If a person says they don't like "Game of Thrones" because it's too white, then I don't have any right to demand that they start loving the show, or the sight of white people.

by Anonymousreply 7209/09/2013

BETTER CALL SAUL is a go!!

by Anonymousreply 7309/11/2013

Very excited about Better Call Saul!

by Anonymousreply 7409/11/2013

I don't see Better Call Saul fleshing out as a series. Bob Oddenkirk's Saul is an interesting offbeat non-major character. Making him the center of a show .... I don't see it being worthy. And if he brings David Cross in, I'm out. I have David Cross Fatigue.

by Anonymousreply 7509/11/2013

I find most series to be boring after 2 to 3 seasons, especially ones that are based on a shock value premise--e.g. Weeds, Breaking Bad, Dexter, Nurse Jackie. It seems to me that once the initial premise has been explored, the writers appear to engage in "how about" scenarios and try to one up each other making up more and more outlandish story lines.

by Anonymousreply 7609/11/2013

Well, all of us fans are very happy to see Breaking Bad die, r76. We can hardly wait for the final episode.

I think it should have ended last season. Taken out some of the Season 4 filler and wrapped it up by S4E16.

But it's a show we've been waiting to see end.

by Anonymousreply 7709/11/2013

Saul is like Kramer was in the 90's, fun but not as the main character,

by Anonymousreply 7809/11/2013

I grew up and moved away from an area where meth was prevalent. Lots of poverty, crime, deaths, etc. I have no interest in watching a show that has anything to do with meth culture.

by Anonymousreply 7909/11/2013

Yeah, good analogy R78. Saul is good as comic relief, but not to carry a whole show. What's he going to do, hire Badger and Skinny Pete as his assistants and make Wendy his receptionist?

by Anonymousreply 8009/12/2013

If the Saul show is a prequel we can have Gus and Mike back.

Be still my heart.

by Anonymousreply 8109/12/2013

R81 exactly. I see Aaron Paul making the occasional cameo appearance as well (although his hairline is a bit more receded). I see them showing Badger coming in the for the first time, maybe Skinny Peet or that Asian kid from the pilot. There will be these comedic parts where he hits on his secretary, etc and in between the occasional drama with Mike, etc.

by Anonymousreply 8209/12/2013

Maybe posted already but it's worth a double post. Perfectly done. Watch through to the end.

by Anonymousreply 8309/12/2013

I kept meaning to watch it but never did. People have given me shit about it for years.

My brother knows Cranston (a little) and says he's a very nice guy who has handled this whole Breaking Bad thing with aplomb.

by Anonymousreply 8409/12/2013

Literally every time I see my brother he goes on about how it's the best show ever made and gets angry when I don't comply. I tell him it's not important, it's just TV and he calls me a fucking idiot. Frankly, the evangelism concerning it is so offputting I'm probably never going to watch it.

I haven't been a regular Family Guy viewer for a good year now since it went weird and dull, but I did happen to catch an episode round a friend's earlier this year where they took the piss out of the cult-like behaviour of the fans by positing the notion that the actual show was just hypnotic suggestion that the show was great and to tell all your friends it is.

On this evidence, maybe that isn't so far from the truth.

I think Californication and Mad Men are great but I don't make it my mission to get all my friends into it.

"You've got to watch Breaking Bad. It's the best TV show ever."

Better than "I, Claudius"?? I sincerely doubt it.

Fuck. Off.

by Anonymousreply 8509/12/2013

I'm downloading it, and have gotten to early season 2. It's an acceptable time-killer so far, which doesn't surprise me considering the all the hype. The lead actor is especially good. I dislike the Jesse Pinkman character because he used the word "faggot" twice in the pilot episode. It's interesting that he hasn't since, at least by early season 2. The show is clearly sympathetic to Jesse, and I'm fine with that as long as he doesn't go back to the homophobic slurs. I have never used any slurs my entire life, so don't bother accusing me of being too PC. I just have standards.

Remember, the fans of the show hate the wife, the actress has complained about the fans' extreme hostility towards her. So Jesse is probably a hero to them, and if he does go back to regularly using the word "faggot", I'll resent the show for glamorizing homophobes. I think the producers understand this which is why we haven't heard him say it in so long.

by Anonymousreply 8609/12/2013

I have a female friend who is a rabid Breaking Bad fan. She knows I dont' watch it, but she used to talk endlessly about the plots. She stayed with me for a weekend and brought the first season on DVD and bugged me to watch it. I was able to avoid it.

About three years ago I got her to stop going on about the show when I threatened to go on in the same way about True Blood, which she hated. It did the trick, but she will still sometimes rave about the show. I'm just not into that kind of dark fare. Not for me.

by Anonymousreply 8709/12/2013

HA ha ha, here it is. A rare example in the last few years of FG being on the money.

by Anonymousreply 8809/12/2013

What a coincidence. Those are my two favorite shows, AYB.

Wait...maybe I've been brain-washed too.

by Anonymousreply 8909/12/2013

I like what I like, and don't expect anyone else to think as I do. I don't even expect my friends to like one another; if they do, that's gravy. I love BB, but since I avoid pod people of any denomination, I haven't been bothered by OP's issues.

But I must laugh at dear ayb, whom I love. Because this quote?

[quote]I haven't been a regular Family Guy viewer for a good year now since it went weird and dull, but I did happen to catch an episode round a friend's earlier this year where they took the piss out of the cult-like behaviour of the fans by positing the notion that the actual show was just hypnotic suggestion that the show was great and to tell all your friends it is.

Describes every single one of my friends, current and former, who watches Family Guy. Full-level episode recaps, constant emailed links to clips, constant analogies of any aspect of, well, anything to something SOME character on FM said or did. Talk about "cult like!" I always feel like replying, "That's nice, Dear."

But everyone needs something or someone to love, right?

by Anonymousreply 9009/12/2013

R90 well it's nice that you don't spend your time going on about it. That makes you a rarity where BB is concerned. I've never done that about any TV show. It's just TV. Quality varies.

Even the excellent "Six Feet Under" had a WHOLE SEASON where their mission seemed to be to make the audience miserable as they watched it. That'll be number 3. Yes?

About the only series I've ever watched where there were no dud episodes was "I, Claudius". It really was brilliant- probably because it had the cream of the British acting profession in it, and because it had absolutely every genre covered.

*shrugs*

by Anonymousreply 9109/13/2013

Was season 3 the main art-school season, because that really dragged. Pretentious little snots.

by Anonymousreply 9209/13/2013

I'm from Albuquerque and "have you watched Breaking Bad" is invariably the first thing people say to me after I reveal that fact.

by Anonymousreply 9309/13/2013

R92 It's a long time ago, but I think it was the one which had the constant fighting between Nate and his wife and her running off. But then I think it just generally was really dreary- lots of 'oh they're turning a corner' always turning into shit. For every character. They got it back in the next season thankfully, and then of course the final season was as good as the first two and had *that* ending.

But yeah, it was a real slog watching all that misery, and I was in a bad place anyway, at the time.

by Anonymousreply 9409/13/2013

OP, people get excited by good TV shows because they've been subjected to so much shit for decades. Notice all the good shows are NOT on the broadcast networks?

Of the current "good" shows, here's how I view them.

Game of Thrones (Love it, Love it, Love it) Boardwalk Empire (Love it) Homeland (Love it) Walking Dead (Love it) House of Cards (Love it) Mad Men (Uneven, but still love it) Pink is the new Black (Like it a lot) Sons of Anarchy (uh...haven't given up yet) True Blood (why am I still watching this?)

Breaking Bad.... Best show on television.

And I've seen a lot of shows over the years.

Yes, the subject matter is the LAST thing you'd ever expect for a good TV series. Who knew?

by Anonymousreply 9509/13/2013

I am just so pleased the last season is so great. I was a huge Lost fan and I am still bitter about how they fucked up that last season and the ending. If I see any creators of Lost on a new show I won't watch it, I refuse to get invested in another show of theirs.

by Anonymousreply 9609/14/2013

[quote]Yes, the subject matter is the LAST thing you'd ever expect for a good TV series. Who knew?

I know that the subject matter held no interest for me. It started off as background noise because it came on after Mad Men. I would get on the computer after Mad Men and leave the TV on. Then I would start looking up to see what was happening and pretty soon I was hooked. So I can understand people thinking they won't be interested in the show when they hear the premise.

by Anonymousreply 9709/14/2013

One of the best series endings for me in recent times was Six Feet Under. I have a feeling Breaking Bad will be on par with that.

by Anonymousreply 9809/14/2013

Hank should be a lot more humble and a lot less pissed that Walt was under his nose the whole time.

by Anonymousreply 9909/14/2013

[quote]I am just so pleased the last season is so great. I was a huge Lost fan and I am still bitter about how they fucked up that last season and the ending. If I see any creators of Lost on a new show I won't watch it, I refuse to get invested in another show of theirs.

Agreed. It was brilliant, my obsession, until the third-to-last episode. Then: what the fuck? Six years we'll never get back.

by Anonymousreply 10009/14/2013

An advert for the final season showing on Netflix came on before the trailers when I was at the cinema.

I was really pleased cause I first watched it on Netflix. It's not really been shown in the UK, only on obscure channels yet seems to have a big cult following, hence bluray releases. Its reputation seems to have shot up lately as well.

by Anonymousreply 10109/16/2013

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It’s going to be all Breaking Bad almost all the time on AMC starting September 25. In the final days before the series’ finale, I’ve learned the cable channel is going to show every episode of the meth-drenched drama from Season 1 onwards. The “Countdown To Finale,” as AMC has titled it, will start on September 25 at 8 PM with the very first episode of Season 1 from January 20, 2008 and goes straight through to the end of Season 4 late on Friday September 27. The marathon picks up again with the current Season 5 on September 28 at 11 PM and goes through the night and day up to the 75-minute series finale at 9 PM on September 29. AMC’s freshman Low Winter Sun will be pushed back to a 11:15 PM start time on the Sunday because of the extended finale episode and the one-hour live Talking Bad featuring series creator Vince Gilligan, star Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Jesse Plemmons, RJ Mitte, Jonathan Banks and ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel. Though this is the first time they’ve aired the entire series in one virtually continuous block, AMC has a history of marathons for Breaking Bad and other shows around big episodes or debuts. Earlier this summer AMC partnered with the Film Society of Lincoln Center on a weeklong showing of the entire seres, which is strongly predicted for wins at this weekend’s Emmys

by Anonymousreply 10209/20/2013

I have no beef with Breaking Bad fans. I just don't care for misery-based entertainment.

by Anonymousreply 10309/20/2013

[quote]As someone else said: it's too bleak. I'm not enthralled by gangster culture and the meth storyline repulses me. Nothing about it appeals to me.

That's exactly how I felt once, but I happened to watch a couple of episodes with a friend and got hooked. It did take 2 episodes, because as you say it is a pretty bleak and nasty world. I resigned myself to hating the main character. I don't think you're meant to love him, but he's pretty captivating.

It's an extremely high quality drama, very well drawn characters and suspenseful and great story lines. No mediocre acting or big plot holes or significant continuity errors. It is as good as The wire, and much better than shows like "The newsroom" or "American Horror Story". It is nothing short of a TV work of art.

OP, if you like TV dramas at all you should give it a shot.

by Anonymousreply 10409/27/2013

[quote]I also thought it would be interesting if they had a gay meth dealer, and shown the effect of meth on the gay community. Or had a storyline that showed how far reaching the effect of Walter White's actions were by focusing on some of the people who had become addicted to his blue meth.

Queer as folk doesn't hold a candle to BB generally, however there's a pretty good storyline related to what you want in season 4. It's already been done, sort of.

The repercussions of Walt's evil ways are shown over and over again. That's done very well. Meth addicts are all depicted as being in the metaphorical gutter. Most of that meth comes from Walt.

by Anonymousreply 10509/27/2013
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