Sayonara Breaking Bad

Sunday night was bittersweet for everybody.

For the many fans of Breaking Bad, it represented the end of an era. Already hailed as one of the best television shows of all time, it came to an end in its fifth season, after 62 episodes. The show was just reaching the pinnacle of its success, obtaining a whopping 10+ million viewers for the finale, but was predetermined to end when it did.

Undoubtedly, the show’s producers did not want it to go stale. Television executives have a tendency to stick with things as long as they possibly can, long after it’s already lost its public appeal. But Breaking Bad did not do that. Instead, the show went out on top.

For the people who did not watch Breaking Bad, and who made a very terrible life choice, they’re probably just glad they don’t have to hear about it anymore. If there’s anything that fans of Breaking Bad like to do, it’s… talk about Breaking Bad. We can talk for hours about this show.

For men, sitting down and watching an episode a Breaking Bad is what women experience when they get a manicure and pedicure. In the same day.

And I don’t mean to pinpoint the show as some macho, mindless drama. Because it’s the furthest thing from that. It had its share of action and violence, no doubt, but it was cool and calculated. Every death, every confrontation was deeply strategized and served a purpose.

It’s always interesting to me what shows truly capture the nation’s appeal to the utmost extent. Breaking Bad has been good from the beginning. I began watching the show in the summer of 2011, right before season four was about to begin. But I only knew select friends who watched it as well. However, I was pretty confident that within a year or two, it would become must watch television. And it did.

The world became obsessed with Breaking Bad over the last few months, when the show returned for the second half of its fifth and final season. It already had a plethora of awards under its belt, but then Conan O’Brien devoted an entire episode of his show to Breaking Bad. Major news websites like the New York Times and CNN began writing articles about the show. The network that airs it, AMC, created a one hour block just to talk about each episode after it aired.

And in the end, it culminated with 10 million viewers. And that’s pretty damn impressive for a non-cable show in the DVR era.

The show’s success speaks for itself, and I didn’t need to spend an entire blog talking about it. But I really wanted to take the time to appreciate the significance that it had, and will continue to have, on pop culture.

For those who still haven’t seen it — and you’re still really idiotic for choosing to do so — there’s still time. Breaking Bad will never get old. It will never ceased to be spoken about. It will always be relevant.

I didn’t mean to peg it as purely a man’s show earlier. It bears the characteristics that generally appeal to males, yes, but it’s so good from every aspect of filmmaking — the acting, directing, cinematography, writing, music, etc. — that it can undoubtedly be appreciated by everyone.

This show has only been a part of my life for two and a half years, so I can’t exactly pretend that I’m losing a major piece of it. However, I can safely say that Sunday nights will never be the same. And now I’ll have to get my masculinity fix by watching Sunday Night Football instead.

And maybe I should try getting a manicure and pedicure to see if it’s equally as enjoyable as Breaking Bad.

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