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Easing The Pain: Shows To Watch After Breaking Bad
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Easing The Pain: Shows To Watch After Breaking Bad | The Wire
The Wire

This is another show that should need no introduction, but given how few people actually watched it when it aired, we can’t take that for granted. When veteran newshound David Simon first took viewers to the seedy street corners of downtown Baltimore he made us work for it. Tired of television that let people sit, supine and idle as stories were spoon-fed to them, he wrought a show that required you to sit up, lean forward and engage in the story. Impenetrable street patois and a sprawling cast that went largely without introduction was enough to put off casual viewers, but for those who persisted the reward was a cutting social commentary, some peerless drama and a serious contender for most accomplished TV show of all time. None of the characters on either side of the law are without flaw – least of all Dominic West’s Jimmy McNulty – but none are irredeemable either, and all boast a verisimilitude rarely found on television. Make it to the ‘fuck’ scene in episode four of season one and you’ll be infatuated from there on in.

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21 If you haven't already seen it...
Check this out, it's a trailer for the fans if there ever was one (it may even help to get over those Breaking Bad blues...it's that EPIC!!) enjoy... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VpGwRlH_HF4 More

Posted by cowand3 on Sunday October 6, 2013, 06:09

22 Okay...
The Sopranos, The Wire and Deadwood are clear givens...but what about Boardwalk Empire, Treme, or Ray Donovan? Course you could wait 'til January for True Detective... More

Posted by FoxDhoj on Sunday October 6, 2013, 02:16

23 Hear that wail?
That's the howl of Banshee, at being missed off this list. Only a season in, and already one of my favourite shows, and every single character in treads the fine moral line between hero and villain precariously. Obviously GoT should be on here too, Boardwalk I got bored with before S1 even finished, and I sincerely hope Evolved As One is being ironic. More

Posted by manufan on Sunday October 6, 2013, 00:40

24 Another Boardwalk Viewer
Agreed with the majority of the list though I'm not sure about The Americans. Regarding the show's that have been missed off the list, Boardwalk Empire is awesome, as is Game Of Thrones. I was a Six Feet Under fan and 24 (though I wish they weren't bringing it back - happy with the way it ended). Loved Breaking Bad, right up there with The Sopranos and The Wire for me as the Greatest TV Show of all time. More

Posted by Scofield67 on Saturday October 5, 2013, 22:15

25 does anyone remember...
SMALLVILLE!!! come on, awesome tv show and really easy to get into like Breaking Bad More

Posted by patrickrooney23 on Saturday October 5, 2013, 22:08

26 Erm...
...Game Of Thrones? More

Posted by Evolved As One on Saturday October 5, 2013, 15:05

27 NO DEXTER!!!!
Dexter is an awesome show every bit as good as most of these on the list and much more fun to watch than most More

Posted by wilsyboy1978 on Saturday October 5, 2013, 14:01

28 No entourage?????
Why haven't you put entourage in the list??? Are you crazy!!!!! More

Posted by louwa on Saturday October 5, 2013, 12:41

29 Glaringly Incomplete.
Both Boardwalk Empire and Mad Men solidly belong on this list, given that they both feature morally complex leads and superb writing. More

Posted by botster on Saturday October 5, 2013, 05:03

30 Something is missing..
Where is Boardwalk Empire! More

Posted by denisgleeson on Saturday October 5, 2013, 00:29

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