How can you fill the ‘Breaking Bad’ void?
It’s finally over. On Sunday night, after five years and 62 episodes, Walt and Jesse’s misadventures finally reached their climax on the series finale of Vince Gilligan’s hit drama “Breaking Bad.” Once the show's viewers have dealt with the finale fallout, the biggest question on everybody’s lips will be: what to watch next?
Of course that’s not an easy question to answer. After all, there’s a reason why the show has attracted such a ravenous fan base over the past five years. But nevertheless, there’s now a “Breaking Bad”-shaped void in many viewers' Sunday night viewing schedules. So, to help you out, we’ve cooked up some suggestions for what shows you could watch now that “Breaking Bad” is over.
Unwilling to let go?
Show: "Breaking Bad"
Number of episodes: 62
Available on: Netflix, DVD and Blu-ray
Perhaps the best way to get over the ending of “Breaking Bad” is to pretend it never actually finished in the first place. With all of five seasons available to stream on Netflix, you can simply go back to the start and start the whole journey all over again. Knowing what we know now, those early episodes will take on a whole new meaning! What better way to mourn the loss of "Breaking Bad" than to start watching it all from the beginning?
Got a taste for TV about unlikely criminals?
Number of episodes: 102
Available on: Netflix, DVD and Blu-ray
If you’re specifically looking for a show about regular folk who sell drugs to care for their family, then check out Showtime’s "Weeds." The critically lauded show stars the brilliant Mary-Louise Parker as Nancy Botwin, a widowed mother of two who starts selling cannabis to make ends meet. Like Walt, Nancy finds herself increasingly drawn into the criminal underworld over the course of the series, and while it’s fair to say that “Weeds” is no “Breaking Bad,” it will scratch that itch for a season or two at least.
Looking to fill your Sunday nights?
Show: "The Walking Dead"
Number of episodes: 35 and counting
Available on: Returns to AMC on Sunday, Oct. 13
If you feel like your world has ended after the conclusion to “Breaking Bad,” spare some time for Sherriff Rick Grimes, who’s dealing with an actual zombie apocalypse in AMC’s "The Walking Dead." Based on the comic book series of the same name, the show may not quite reach the heights that “Breaking Bad” has achieved over its five seasons, but it’s got a great cast, superb production values and zombies. Lots and lots of zombies.
Think "Breaking Bad" is the best show ever made?
Show: "The Wire"
Number of episodes: 60
Available on: DVD and Blu-ray
Do you think “Breaking Bad” is the best show ever? You may be right. But there are plenty of people who will disagree with you, and most of them will point you in the direction of HBO’s universally adored series “The Wire” as a case in point. The Baltimore-based show follows the illegal drug trade that dominates the city, spending five seasons forensically examining its impact from the point of view of everyone involved, from politicians to policemen to street hoodlums, cub reporters and dock workers.
Looking for the next big thing?
Show: "True Detective"
Number of episodes: None, yet.
Available on: HBO beginning in January 2014
Of course, part of the pleasure of watching “Breaking Bad” was experiencing it in real time along with the rest of the world. Whether you were discussing the latest shenanigans around the water cooler on a Monday morning or sharing every laugh, cry and gasp via sites like Twitter, it was truly a social experience. The next show that might capture the zeitgeist is HBO’s upcoming drama “True Detective,” a slick-looking thriller starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey. The series follows the search for a Louisiana serial killer over the course of multiple decades -- this could be your next don't-miss show.
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