Breaking Bad Voted Best TV Show Ever

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Warning: This Article Contains Spoilers

Julia Banim

Chances are, unless you have been living on a deserted island, you have been urged by at least one person that you absolutely must watch Breaking Bad.


A couple of years ago, admitting you hadn’t actually got round to watching this neo-western meth saga would have been akin to slapping a prestige-telly addict in the face.

As overblown as the Breaking Bad phenomenon can sometimes seen, in my opinion the show almost lives up to its hype.

Philosophical, thrilling and endlessly compelling; no other show has had me glued to my laptop in quite the same way. Eyes reddened, heart racing and fingers twitching at the ‘next’ icon for my next fix…

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It is therefore surely no great surprise to anyone that season five of Breaking Bad has been voted the best television show season ever.

With a Metacritic score of 99/100 and a user score of 9.7/10, this season is revered within what is already a critically adored show. Notably beloved episodes include Ozymandias, Granite State and Felina.

This is according to a list of acclaimed TV shows compiled by The Independent, which takes into account Metacritic rankings and audience scores.

Runners up included Rectify season four at number two and Murder One season one at number three.

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At times sensational, at other times quietly literary, the final season of Breaking Bad was a beautiful piece of character-driven drama.

At this point we had seen Walt’s complete transformation into monstrous alter ego, Heisenberg, and yet and yet – much like Jesse – we cannot quite hate him.

Season five is Breaking Bad at its most hard hitting and complicated, with each member of the cast giving it their all in the final run.


Who could forget the devastating moment win the desert where Hank boldly stayed tough until the very end? Or that final interaction between Walt and Skyler?

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Lets just remind ourselves of why Breaking Bad season five is scientifically an unbeatably great slice of television:

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An excellent choice. However, writing this has really made me want to go back and watch the whole show all over again. Much like Walt, I just don’t know when to stop…

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Julia Banim

Jules studied English Literature with Creative Writing at Lancaster University before earning her masters in International Relations at Leiden University in The Netherlands (Hoi!). She then trained as a journalist through News Associates in Manchester. Jules has previously worked as a mental health blogger, copywriter and freelancer for various publications.

Topics: Film and TV


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