Question: What Emmy Award winning show are you probably not watching but most definitely should be? Answer: Breaking Bad on AMC.
Bryan Cranston plays Walt White. Walt teaches chemistry to highschoolers, lives in New Mexico with his pregnant wife Skyler and their teen-aged son Walt Jr. who was born with cerebral palsy. Skyler supplements the family income with EBay sales. Then Walt's world is turned upside down when he is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.
A baby on the way, one child already and his own medical expenses skyrocketing, Walt needs to increase his income exponentially and quickly. So, as a man with a knack for science, and a death sentence looming, he decides to cook up methamphetamine, sell it, and stash the profits so the wife and kids will have a nest egg when he's gone.
Bryan Cranston who prior to Breaking Bad is probably best remembered as the dad from Malcolm In The Middle is just great as Walt. It's a tough row to hoe portraying a drug kingpin [alias Heisenberg] who's also an admirable character. Walt doesn't wallow in self-pity. Life has thrown a bushel full of lemons at him, but rather than give up he's making lemonade. Yes it's true that lemonade takes the form of one of the scariest controlled substances, but a man's gotta do what a man's gotta do.
i did not see the first season of Breaking Bad. It is now in it's second, and of the eps i have seen, Walt is not selling to minors, so any adult who makes the choice to use meth, i say that's their look-out. Now i know there are those who will say that a show about the manufacturing and selling of methamphetamine glamorizes the use and abuse of drugs, but in this case they would be incorrect. Breaking Bad does not shy away from showing the grittier, and lethal side effects and fall-out that come from the world of meth. And yet, it also manages to have a comedic side too. Fans, including late arrivals like myself are chomping at the bit for full length on-line episodes which Hulu is promising to deliver once they can iron out a deal with AMC. Breaking Bad's second season will conclude on May 31 2009. i am happy to report that it has been picked up for a third slated to air in early 2010.
Breaking Bad airs on AMC Sundays at 10:00pm
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