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Top 10 Dramas of 2011: 2 – Breaking Bad

December 22nd, 2011 by Gabe Pasillas

We’re counting down the Top 10 Dramas of 2011. Each pick will be revealed on Hulu’s homepage every day of this week. Selections 10-3 can be viewed here.

2 – Breaking Bad

My journey with the greatness that is “Breaking Bad” didn’t begin until about two months ago. I know, I know. I’m an idiot, but it’s not like I didn’t try.

For years I have been badgered about just how good this show was, and how I needed to watch it. I was told by friends, family, and even random people at various bars in random cities. It was just one of those shows that I never got around to seeing.

Finally, after getting over my subconscious confusion of Hal from “Malcolm in the Middle” being a baker of meth, I gave it a shot in the VOD world—and boy was I in for a wild ride. Immediately, I was hooked. It really was that good, if not better.

I made it to the most current season, partially out of breath, but definitely wanting more. The world of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman became a world I was in the middle of (no pun intended). Every plot twist, and every action by each character was inspired by an action of another. Plotlines were ending and beginning all the same, and it all made sense. Rarely do you see that in a hard hitting drama nowadays. Although fantastical in nature, the matchup of Walter White and Gus “Los Pollos Hermanos” Fring became the realest and heaviest of heavyweight battles. Their continued distrust, codependence on the once-tweaker Jesse, and lust for power snowballed into a giant tumbleweed of mayhem, thrusting the life Walter had always tried to hide into the forefront of reality.

Needless to say this fourth season of “Breaking Bad” pulled no punches and kept me on the edge of my seat throughout, leading up to what I would call one of the best season finales of all time. Also needless to say, I am now one of those characters who tells every friend, family member, and random person at a bar (and on a blog) to watch the show ASAP.

With awards snubs for the show (ahem, Golden Globes, cough cough) actors Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, along with an outstanding supporting cast, writers, directors and crew deserve some major recognition for making this show what it has become today. One can only hope the final season (set to air sometime in mid 2012 on AMC) gives the show the sendoff it deserves.