We don’t watch a lot of TV shows in our house.
Don’t get me wrong, we watch TV… but we don’t “follow” shows. We are channel flippers by nature, looking every evening for something interesting—or at least acceptable—to watch.
I used to watch several series regularly, but at that time, I felt “at capacity” and didn’t want to take on any new ones. CSI, Survivor, Desperate Housewives, The Biggest Loser. Then those series gradually started ending, or I guess with most of them, the problem was that I just began to lose interest. I was left with only a couple—Grey’s Anatomy and Modern Family. I’ll occasionally have something else to add to the mix—Top Chef, for instance.
I usually have trouble picking up new shows because I’m overwhelmed by all of the stuff that’s out there. When you look at all the new shows that come out every fall, it’s hard to know what to watch. What’s going to be good? It’s impossible to know. It’s just hard to “get into” stuff. And then once the crap has been weeded out and the good shows shine… I’m at least a season, if not more, behind. So we just don’t watch at all.
But over the last five years, we’ve kept hearing about Breaking Bad. I mean, you basically have to have been living under a rock to NOT hear about Breaking Bad, right? Seemed that over the course of five years, EVERYONE started watching it. Michael and I occasionally, casually, had conversations about it. “Everyone keeps talking about Breaking Bad. The premise sounds interesting… high school chemistry teacher starts cooking meth. Hmm. Might be worth watching.”
And then there was a frenzy of talk about Breaking Bad as it approached the series finale, so the discussion was renewed. Finally, last Saturday night—the night before Breaking Bad’s final episode ever—we decided to bite the bullet and see what the fuss was about. We may have even signed up for Netflix… just so we can watch Breaking Bad. We have Amazon Prime already, but unfortunately, they don’t have Breaking Bad!
We were hooked after just one episode. So we watched another right away.I mean, how can you not get hooked when the very first episode starts with a middle-aged teacher crashing a camper with bodies sliding around in the back, then scrambling around the desert in his tightie whities, haphazardly wielding a gun??
Since then, we’ve watched anywhere from 1-3 episodes per day, and we can’t get enough of it. It’s so suspenseful! It’s like watching a really good movie, but in episodic format. At the end of every episode, we’re left wondering WHAT WILL HAPPEN NEXT?! In fact, I’m actually really glad I didn’t watch this show as it was airing, because holy crap. To have to go a week—or MONTHS?!—between episodes would have been torture. TORTURE, I tell you.
Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Skyler and Walter Jr. Hank and Marie. Hell, even Crazy 8 and that scary-ass lunatic Tuco. I love it all.
Up next for us is Season 2, Episode 4. And we hear that it only keeps getting better. I can’t even imagine how all of this is going to go down for so many more episodes. I can’t wait to see. After the finale on Sunday night, one of our friends posted on Facebook, “Breaking Bad was hands down the best story ever told on television from beginning to end.” That’s some pretty high praise, damn! Now I just want to zip through and get to the finale. I hope the last eight episodes are available on Netflix by the time we get there!
Has anyone else jumped onto the Breaking Bad bandwagon… five years too late? Or have you been with the show since the beginning? Or maybe you’ve had your curiosity piqued but haven’t officially made the leap?
Oh, and if you post any spoilers… I’m gonna kill ya. So don’t. :)
AboutI'm Heather. I'm 31 and have been married to Michael for five years. Together, we have two beautiful little girls we love more than anything, and a miniature dachshund who drives us crazy. I'm a full-time working mom who has very little time for my own "stuff" these days, like home improvement, cooking/baking, cake decorating, and photography. Despite the team not making the playoffs since 1999, I'm STILL a Buffalo Bills fan, which I think speaks to my loyalty AND sense of humor. I can't wait to pick up the pace with travel again some day... you know, when we're done being ruled by tiny fists. Welcome to my blog.
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