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

Discussion in 'Entertainment, Culture, and Sports' started by ruzzi, Apr 16, 2012.

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

  1. Sopranos

    12 vote(s)
    10.7%
  2. The Wire

    56 vote(s)
    50.0%
  3. Mad Men

    11 vote(s)
    9.8%
  4. Breaking Bad

    33 vote(s)
    29.5%
  1. oneeightyseven

    oneeightyseven Well-Known Member

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    the shield was great, but it did not do what Wire did. I remember watching that shit as a kid haha was awesome as fuck.
     
  2. Van Veen

    Van Veen Well-Known Member

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    In general, I loved the Sopranos, but it went off-the-wagon too often to be the greatest of all time. I love Breaking Bad, but it has some clearly unrealistic moments that I find it hard to get past. (The whole plane crash/Jane thing comes to mind.) Mad Men shouldn't even be in the discussion. It's a good show, but not nearly as captivating as the others. Maybe if they had been smart enough to write Betty off a few seasons ago...

    I vote for The Wire.
     
  3. in stitches

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    i just bought the box set. maybe ill send it to you.
     
  4. in stitches

    in stitches Well-Known Member

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    no
     
  5. NoNothingGuy

    NoNothingGuy Well-Known Member

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    Interestingly, I worked on that show. Obviously, it was originally supposed to be a mini-series, so there really was no initial end game vision. Same with The 4400.
     
  6. Reynard369

    Reynard369 Well-Known Member

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    With The 4400, wasn't there another season planned and then they got cancelled? Hence the ambiguous ending.
     
  7. MrG

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    I sincerely appreciate the offer, but I can get it on Netflix. I'd love to have them all at once, but I'd be worried I'll damage them or something.
     
  8. in stitches

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    no worries. if you change yo mind just lmk.
     
  9. L.R.

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    They had to end it in a hurry, and they made the same mistake as Lost, lacking a end-game vision. They literally sat down one and chose who the final cylons were, mid season.
     
  10. Piobaire

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    Highlander, The Series is quite obviously the best TV program ever.
     
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  11. in stitches

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    please bitch, highlander aint got shit on xena warrior princess.
     
  12. Gradstudent78

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    Now that's a series with final season problems.
     
  13. StephenHero

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    I started watching Breaking Bad yesterday. I watched four episodes. I think the writing is great, but the direction is less great.
     
  14. mordecai

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    Sopranos is disqualified for the Master G episode.
     
  15. suited

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    Massive G...

    "music isn't something you can hold in your hands like football betting cards, or coke"

    One of my favorite lines from Christopher - coke and football betting cards being the first two tangible things that popped into his head.
     
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  16. munchausen

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    Really? I think the first episode especially is brilliant, the way it starts with Walt in his underwear in the desert, holding a gun, and then goes back to show you how he got there. It's quite a hook.
     
  17. StephenHero

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    It feels like the tone of the show is off. There are some genuinely sad storylines, but it seems like they're trying to balance them out with some doses of black comedy and I'm not sure it's the best way to do it. Like the instance when he's told he's got cancer and then tells the doctor there is mustard on his jacket....I just don't buy that sort of nonchalant fatalism.
     
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  18. Joffrey

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    lol what the fuck are you talking about? The show is amazing
     
  19. Reynard369

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    I wasn't able to get into The Wire (tried twice) or Breaking Bad, but will try again at some point just because they're so well thought of. Never tried the Sopranos.
     
  20. Jackie Treehorn

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    Mad Men is wildly inconsistent and has been on a general, downward spiral since about midway through the second season. AFAIC, it shouldn't even be in this conversation.

    Breaking Bad is excellent, but is it Greatest of All Time caliber? Maybe. But debatable. I'd put it at #2 on this list, though.

    Sopranos had some extremely high peaks and extremely low troughs. By the end of the series, it had grown very long in the tooth and was sort of like a houseguest who'd overstayed his welcome. This show should've gone out on top, which was much earlier than when it did. That said, the last season was fantastic. And I fall on the "love" side of the ledger w/r/t the final episode, though I'm acutely aware that the "hate" column has grown over the years.

    The Wire is fucking phenomenal. Probably the only show on this list that I'd seriously and unquestionably put in contention for G.O.A.T. status. Season 2 was a disappointing snoozefest, but aside from that, the other seasons were pure awesomeness.

    This list should include some comedies, IMO, including Freaks & Geeks and Eastbound & Down. (The latter of which was barely watched in its run, which just wrapped up. I'm convinced that this is the most unheralded and underrated show in recent memory, and that history will look very favorably upon it -- not just as hilarious comedy, but as legitimate social commentary).
     
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