The two great television crime dramas of the last thirty years are The Sopranos and Breaking Bad. Each is spectacular in their own right, with mold-breaking anti-heroes in the characters of Tony Soprano and Walter White.
Having spent an adult lifetime in crime, so to speak, we cannot honestly decide. Some days it's Tony and the gang at the Badda Bing! And other days it's Walter White throwing mercury fulminate and blowing up drug dealer Tuco Salamanca's lair in revenge for him beating Jessie and taking their drugs. (On the evening the Mercury episode aired, Google searches for the substance became number one- telling the producers they had a runaway hit.)
So which is it?
It's a tie for first.
I think because BB introduced the greatest criminal defense attorney of all time- Saul Goodman- I give the nod to BB. But it's oh so close. Plus the ex-cop Mike and Hank with the DEA.
Sopranos. Old school. And Tony smoked cigars!
BB. The psychology of Walter White, never given the respect due his intellect, being forced out of the company he founded (Gray Matters) and losing Gretchen, the impending lung cancer always in the background like a ticking time bomb, the car wash laundering money, Saul, Jessie, GUS- I mean the greatest characters and story lines.
Gotta go with Skinny Pete and the crew slinging mad hash and fat stacking Benjamin's.
Plus Hank has a wacko wife who shoplifts. Love it. And Gus is the best villain ever!
BB and it's not close. While Sopranos was terrific, it whiffed on the ending. BB was near perfect (except for that damned "Fly" episode).
Omg I just saw the fly episode on the amc binge watch. I turned it off and went for a run.
I have to go with the Sopranos here as they were the trailblazers. BB was revolutionary in that the plot was unique as opposed to a "mafia" that was as old as, well, Jimmy Cagney. BB paid homage to another, at least indirectly, American rebel: the psycohopathic loner. Think Ozark or Psycho or even Mad Men And there are others in the genre of OC that rank right up there: Boardwalk Empire and Ray Donovan deserve an honorable mention. This is a very insightful post that could be turned into a book.
FACDL is having its annual meeting next week in Ft. Lauderdale. Now, they tell us they want us in a tux for the banquet. Really, in July in So. Fla.... a tux for defense lawyers.... really.
The Wire for sure.
The intervention scene in the Sopranos is fantastic and sublime. The New Jersey crew gets the nod.
Florida's probation changes include remote appointments
BB gets a slight nod, but man it's close. Any conversation about the definitive crime drama that doesn't include The Wire, is incomplete IMO.
1) Breaking Bad, 2) The Wire, 3) the Sopranos (but the other two wouldn't have existed with the Sopranos, so there's that).
The Wire. Hands down.
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