Is Breaking Bad best TV series ever? Critics praise starts debate among box set fans
Hit show Breaking Bad has been hailed by critics as possibly the best TV show to ever hit the small screen.
The American drama, about a school chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime, won best television drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards at the weekend.
But can it really lay claim to be the best TV series ever?
Whether you’re a fan of The Wire, Mad Men or a throwback who reckons Dallas, NYPD Blue or Mash are the best thing ever, it’s a topic which provokes passionate debate among viewers.
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Lee Burgin, who works at independent record store Rise, in the Beechwood Shopping Centre, is a self-confessed TV series addict.
And for him there is no doubt.
“Breaking Bad is the best TV series I’ve ever seen,” said the 45-year-old.
“The quality of the acting, the script and the way the characters develop sets it apart for me.
“It always leaves the audience interested and wanting to see what happens next.
“It’s all down to personal taste but I don’t think all the recent hype surrounding it has been over the top. It’s a brilliant show.”
Lee ranks Breaking Bad above other recent claimants to the title of Best Series Ever, including The Wire, The Sopranos, Game of Thrones and Mad Men.
Other favourite shows to make his all-time top ten include Sons of Anarchy, Battle Star Galactica and Orphan Black.
There is no place for golden oldies such as Mash, Hill Street Blues or Roots.
Lee added: “I think the quality of the TV series around now is far better than the older ones, although I accept that I haven’t seen them all.
“I think they have reached new levels in the last few years because you’ve got these huge American TV companies competing, trying to outdo one other, and investing lots of money into making them as good as possible.
“The rise of the TV series has also transformed the way people watch television.
“Rather than be dictated to about when to watch episodes, people can take control themselves and watch them in small chunks – either by buying the box sets or streaming them via Netflicks.
“For me the big breakthrough came with The Sopranos around 10 years ago and the standard has been getting higher and higher ever since.”
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