If you’re not watching Breaking Bad, you need to start.
Created by Vince Gilligan, the guy behind a number of the better episodes of The X-Files, Breaking Bad is one of the best dramas on television right now. It’s dark, it’s gritty, and it’s loaded with great characters.
Here are the first few minutes of the first episode of the series:
There’s enough action to go around, but the series is primarily character-driven. The main character is a high school science teacher dying of lung cancer. His wife is pregnant (and has the baby in season 2), his teenage son is handicapped, and his teacher salary just isn’t paying the bills, so he hooks up with a former student, a drug dealer, and starts cooking meth.
He wanted to cook and be left alone, but pretty soon he’s drawn into the whole thing, dealing with distribution and sales problems, and kingpins not wanting him cutting in on their territory. Oh, did I mention his brother-in-law is a DEA agent? Yeah.
Wicked stuff. Tune in!