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This is the best new series on TV anywhere at the moment,
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This review is from: Breaking Bad: Season 1 [DVD]   (DVD)The synopsis (with NO SPOILERS):
A US chemistry teacher (Bryan Cranston, fom 'Malcolm in the Middle') discovers he has cancer, and has no way of paying the medical bills. One day it occurs to him that he could cover the needed expenses by making Crystal Meth - a drug which is in high demand on the streets. The series follows his adventures, and the ever-increasingly tangled web of lies that he weaves.
I've got to say how much I LOVED this series - season 1 is relatively short (7 episodes), but is filled with the kind of high-tension drama that made 'The Wire' so compelling. It's created by Vince Gilligan (the man behind 'The X-Files'* [*see comment]), and has the same quirky humour threaded all the way through - aided immensely by Cranston's witheringly caustic portrayal of a man who does not suffer fools gladly AT ALL, but ends up having to work with one.
As events unfurl, he is forced to keep bigger and bigger secrets from his wife and son...
I don't want to give the impression that this is primarily a comedy, because it isn't - it's a dark psychological drama with some great moments of equally dark humour - the cast are all exceptional, and the casting is spot-on. For example, Cranston's character has a son who has CP, so they cast RJ Mitte, an actor who actually has it in real life. This might seem a little worthy but when watching the series it works perfectly.
If you liked the grittiness of 'The Wire', the dark humour of 'The Sopranos' or the strange other-ness of 'The X-Files', I can recommend this to you WHOLEHEARTEDLY. Seriously - this is the best thing I've seen on TV for a long long time... and the good news is that series 2 is just as good, but 12 episodes long!
Take a chance - buy it - I promise you won't regret it.
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Initial post: 4 Nov 2009 23:01:32 GMT
I totally agree and couldn't of put it better myself, after the Pilot i was hooked and i think it's about time something like this was on TV, ive been mourning The Sopranos for some years now!!
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Nov 2009 16:47:38 GMT
Last edited by the author on 5 Nov 2009 16:49:53 GMT
Thanks for the comment, Nicki - check out 'Sons of Anarchy' if you get the chance... it's 'Sopranos' on Harley Davidsons from the creator of 'The Shield'... addictive stuff :)
Posted on 6 Nov 2009 20:42:08 GMT
Thanks for the review, I've just seen the first episode and I'm eagerly awaiting the next, and your review only confirmed how I felt and that it will keep it up. Again, thanks for the great review.
Posted on 10 Dec 2009 00:22:10 GMT
season 2 starts on five usa december 19
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Dec 2009 22:41:44 GMT
Thanks Pizzacake - very useful info
Posted on 7 Jan 2010 09:38:27 GMT
Aliaksandr Burlyka says:
Hi, could you please tell me if this set has English subtitles? The product info says there's only Hindi, German and Turkish, but I've often seen mistakes in Amazon's data.
Could you please help me?
I can't decide whether to order the R1 edition (no Eng subs, but has CC) or the R2.
Thanks in advance.
In reply to an earlier post on 7 Jan 2010 16:05:07 GMT
I've found this information for you - there ARE English subtitles! :)
Making of Breaking Bad
Cast and Crew Commentaries
Inside Breaking Bad
Vince Gilligan's Photo Gallery
AMC Shootout - Interview with Vince Gilligan and Bryan Cranston
CAST AND CREW
Stars: Betsy Brandt, Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn, R.J. Mitte, Dean Norris, Aaron Paul
Director: Vince Gilligan
Sub: English (UK), German, Hindi, Turkish
Posted on 8 Jan 2010 14:19:15 GMT
Aliaksandr Burlyka says:
You've made my day!)))
This one goes next on my shopping list!
In reply to an earlier post on 10 Mar 2011 12:37:05 GMT
F. Merritt says:
'...could HAVE put it better', please.
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2011 19:02:00 BDT
Hill Walker says:
Merritt: amusingly picky and pedantic but nonetheless correct (chortle!)