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Poll Results: Best show of all time: Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men or Breaking Bad?

 
  • 10% (12)
    Sopranos
  • 50% (56)
    The Wire
  • 9% (11)
    Mad Men
  • 29% (33)
    Breaking Bad
112 Total Votes  
post #166 of 194
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Originally Posted by billsayers View Post

The best television show of all-time is The Wire.
Breaking Bad is good but the story is much smaller in scope and scale. It is an extremely well-executed show but relies too much on the two main characters; a show equivalent to a "power-trio."
In comparison, The Wire is a full blown orchestra. It intricately weaves numerous societal factors and different groups (drug dealers, junkies, police, politicians, journalists, dock workers, etc...) to show how they all contribute to the death of a city.

Even if you don't like the Wire, you have to admire its ambition and the way it creates this huge world that has so many facets. And then to fill it with all of these great characters who have their own internal lives and stories is just a remarkable accomplishment.

Plus, it's more a TV show than any of the others. The others are more cinematic. All of them would work as a movie. But the Wire only works on TV, which is cool. It means it's using the advantages of its medium to full effect.
post #167 of 194
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

On the other hand, it was also breaking legs.

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post #168 of 194
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Originally Posted by munchausen View Post

Even if you don't like the Wire, you have to admire its ambition and the way it creates this huge world that has so many facets. And then to fill it with all of these great characters who have their own internal lives and stories is just a remarkable accomplishment.
Plus, it's more a TV show than any of the others. The others are more cinematic. All of them would work as a movie. But the Wire only works on TV, which is cool. It means it's using the advantages of its medium to full effect.

Completely disagree with this. They are all on this list exactly because they utilize the medium effectively, particularly the protracted nature of TV for character development. If anything, I'd argue that The Wire is less of a TV show because of it's huge multi faceted world (not that it's a bad thing, I love The Wire). One could very easily jump into stand alone or single episodes of the other shows and appreciate them on some level, while the Wire really requires complete viewing for appreciation (of at least a complete season), much like a movie requires complete viewing to appreciate it.
Edited by Gradstudent78 - 5/23/12 at 7:24pm
post #169 of 194
The Wire.

Second for me would have to be The Shield shog[1].gif i loved that show
post #170 of 194
FYI you Wire fans would probably love Oz too, if you can look past all the dongs
post #171 of 194
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FYI you Wire fans would probably love Oz too, if you can look past all the dongs

i was told to watch that show, taht its really good. what is the dongs in oz to boobs in GoT ratio, just so im prepared.
post #172 of 194
Like a dozen dicks for every titty.
post #173 of 194
kinda like Styleforum...
post #174 of 194
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Like a dozen dicks for every titty.

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kinda like Styleforum...

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post #175 of 194

I would have to go with The Wire. 

post #176 of 194
Best anime TV show ever is without a doubt "Death Note"


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post #177 of 194
Just finished Breaking Bad season 3. Holy cow what a season of television that was.
post #178 of 194
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Just finished Breaking Bad season 3. Holy cow what a season of television that was.

Best season, although Season 4 is no slouch.
post #179 of 194
Saul, Gus, and the old "fixer" dude are one hell of a trio of supporting characters.
post #180 of 194
Bob Odenkirk kills it as Saul. And yeah, I think bringing in those characters are what took the show from being a good show to a great one.
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