My Netflix Pix: “Breaking Bad”

My Netflix Pix: “Breaking Bad”

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Nov 29, 2011
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Boys and girls…one of the best tv shows to come along in the last 10 years has finally been released on Netflix (Canada). Breaking Bad, physiotherapist with Bryan Cranston, is the most original, genre-bending show I’ve ever come across. Netflix is offering the first three seasons and they are all amazing. (The fourth season just finished airing last month on AMC). Why is Breaking Bad so freakin’ awesome? Well, allow me to tell you.

Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is an incredibly plain and boring guy. Playing a high school science teacher, he is about as geeky for chemistry as anyone can be. His young teenage son has cerebral-palsy and his wife is pregnant with their daughter. But Walt finds out that he has cancer. That sucks. But what starts as a death sentence quickly turns into the catalyst for Walt’s transformation. While wrestling with the realities that may lie ahead for him and his family, Walt sees an opportunity to use his science-smarts to capitalize on a very profitable business — drugs. So, Walt approaches a drug-dealing, washed-up, drop-out student, Jessie Pinkman, and proposes an insane plan; the two of them go into business — Walt cooks the meth and Jessie distributes it. Now Walt can make a lot of bread, fast, before he kicks the bucket, leaving his family with financial security. Well, that’s JUST the premise. Four amazing seasons have been birthed from this simple and crazy story idea. And each season is more exciting than the last.

Because of it’s unique and unusual storyline Breaking Bad has been highly praised by viewers and industry, alike. It has won six Emmy Awards—including three consecutive wins for Lead Actor in a Drama Series for Cranston—in addition to numerous other awards and nominations. If that’s not enough, it has an insane following. With almost 3 million viewers catching the season premiere of season four, this is a show that the masses are really starting to get a hold of. At times gritty and gut-wrenchingly brutal, this is not a show for the faint of heart. But if you hang on you will find an incredibly rich array of human emotions and deeply relatable characters. On top of that, the makers of Breaking Bad are masters at wrapping it all up with the most emotionally-taut and high-tension television production.

So, if you haven’t already seen Breaking Bad, I strongly suggest you get onto Netflix and start watching this amazing television series. It’s unwaveringly good!

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