End of one of Television's Golden Ages tomorrow?

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  1. JZL

    JZL Ministry of Whack

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    Regardless of whether you're into Breaking Bad, or even, like me, you think it's the best TV show ever, it would be hard to dispute that TV history will be made when the series finale airs tomorrow.

    I've never watched The Wire, but Mad Men is one of my favorites. It's almost surely closer to the end of its run than it is to the beginning, and you could make an argument that it's jumped the shark.

    Is this the end of an era?

    Do we want/need a separate "Media" subforum?
  2. mistawiskas

    mistawiskas kik n a and takin names

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    I'll only be sad when they stop showing reruns of the original British Top Gear. Jeremy Clarkson FTW! I'll especially miss how he says the word: "turd". ;)
    everything else.... well, I'm desensitized to the fact that every great favorite show I watch gets the ax. Anymore, I almost expect it .
  3. Tacdriver

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    I agree with both of you. I love Breaking Bad and Top Gear. I was a big fan of Dexter but, the last 4 episodes were terrible. It was like the fade to black at the end of The Sopranos. Just disappointing.
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    The Top Gear reference reminded me of the ole TechTV show Fresh Gear with the lovely Sumi Das.
  5. Sparky

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    From a writer's perspective, the ending of Sopranos was perfect. When you neatly tie a story up, it's usually cheesy and melodramatic. Does Tony die or not? It doesn't really matter because, when you're a gangster, your life can just fade to black at any moment. However, it's bad form to kill off your protagonist because it basically nullifies all the developments the character has made.

    Edit: Breaking Bad is/was definitely one of the best cinematic endeavors of our time. From the cinematography to the writing to the character development, it was absolutely brilliant.
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    Breaking Bad is great. I loved The Wire... It's not perfect at some points but I'd say it's right there or better than BB (I find Walt's silly lies, Skyler, Marie and Flynn to all be annoying). But it's different. Much slower pace too, especially the first couple episodes. The Wire is definitely worth watching, which is probably why it's consistently rated as one of the best shows of all time.

    There's always another great show around the corner. Especially now, with all the networks investing into original programming. HBO tends to make a lot of such great shows. Rome and Deadwood were also very good.
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    any of you guys watch house of cards?
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  8. JZL

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    Oh bloody 'ell. Thanks for reminding me I had that. I dl'ed the first season and was most of the way through it and got sidetracked. I really like it and think it will get better as time goes on. This is a great vehicle for Kevin Spacey and I love how he often breaks the fourth wall and talks directly to the audience.
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    it was good was it not
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    Anna Gunn (Skyler) was Seth Bullock's wife in Deadwood. Rome was joint HBO & BBC, which explains all the British actors. Both were very good. I actually bought the Deadwood DVD set (don't tell anyone).

    The silly lies, having a wife like Skyler, and having an extremely buttplug-ified son like Flynn, are precisely the types of things that make Walt "Walt" and that differentiate him from "Heisenberg."

    My prediction of the end of BB has already proven to be wrong, so I can say it. I thought they would not only reverse Walter White, but that they would "reverse" both Hank and Jesse. In other words, I thought that having been uncovered by Hank, Walt would corrupt him and bring him into the biz. While this was going on, I thought Jesse would become more and more ashamed and disgusted with it all, and would roll over and bring down not only Walter, but also his new partner in crime, Hank. Thus the guy who was the slimeball in beginning would end up being the good guy, and the two normal good guys, Hank and Walter, would not only end up being slimeballs, but also end up being burned by the original slimeball, Jesse. Nowhere in my wildest dreams did I think Todd would become such a major player.
  11. MSP

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    <--- Has never watched The Sopranos, The Wire, Breaking Bad, Lost, Dancing With The Stars, American Idol, <insert most modern shows here>...

    I find most TV to be pretty boring and predictable. The great shows, the ones worthy of my time and that will stand the test of time, will eventually end up on Netflix and I'll watch them then. Without commercials.
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    yeah, the extent of the commercial time is to the point of making me hit the power button. It's ridiculous. Even the nightly network news = 14 minutes news and 16 minutes commercials.
  13. Goofus Maximus

    Goofus Maximus Too old to be this dumb!

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    TV? Aside from occasional news and late night talk shows, I don't watch much, aside from occasionally watching old reruns on MeTV. The commercials selling tv antennas as if they were some ultra-modern invention, really cracks me up. They ought to call it "Credulous Fogies TV" :)
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    Lumping Dancing with the Stars and American Idol in with those others = :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
    DVRing or buying or downloading shows = virtually commercial free.
    Breaking Bad predictable? Yeah OK. Riiiiiight.

    If anything, most movies these days are formulaic and predictable. Fack, a fair portion movies these days are reboots of old TV shows.
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    Seriously do yourself a favor and at least watch The Wire and The Sopranos. Consider them novels. They're incredible.

    Edit: They will probably never be on Netflix because of their popularity and having been originally aired on HBO. Don't wait. They're so good I'd probably buy them for you if you promised to watch them.
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    Oh yeah, I didn't mean to imply that it was. Just a generality about most TV.

    Oh yeah, they're definitely on my "to watch" list. Although it might be 2015-2020 before I watch them. :)
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    True. I hate forking out the bucks only to feel an extremely familiar disappointment after walking out of a movie theatre. So....I wait for the BD to come out.
    About 50% of the BD's I buy are a disappointment but I didn't feel the need to blow 10 bucks on popcorn. there are very few truly original shows or flicks out nowadays.
    I think that's part of the success of Duck Dynasty. It's not your everyday sitcom.
  18. Commissar Smersh

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    The Breaking Bad ending is hardly the end of the golden age of tv, maybe the middle but certainly not the end.
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    I made the quip about bad movies being made from old TV shows, e.g., the Beverly Hillbillies, Starsky and Hutch, etc. Ironically, one of the best SF TV shows ever, Battlestar Galactica, is based on a pretty cheap and corny TV show of the same name from the Dark Ages of TV, circa 1980. Whodathunkit.

    Is anybody watching Homeland? Is it any good?
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    I'm not. it just seems like another desperate attempt to get ratings based on public paranoia. Those shows have a tendency to get canceled shortly after you get hooked on them.
    Remember Last Resort?
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    Are you facking kidding me? o_O Fox News has built up an empire on just such a model! :p
  22. mistawiskas

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    I don't watch that either, nor do I watch ABC nightly news. It was modeled after Disney movies. ;)
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    Hey guys, 24 is coming back for a final season, Blacklist is promising, Walking Dead is almost back......there's still some good stuff out there.