Summer TV suggestions off to a Bad start

You have nice taste in TV shows.

Last week, I asked for help in picking out which shows to watch this summer, and I’ve had several suggestions (some in the comments section, some from actual face-to-face conversations) telling me I should watch Breaking Bad. I started the first season Monday night, plowing through four episodes and having to force myself to stop and get some sleep.

I knew the general plot outline – high school teacher finds out he has cancer, starts selling meth – but even with the word from my friends, I don’t think I was prepared for the show’s level of writing and acting. Lead actor Bryan Cranston, who I’d only seen previously on Malcolm in the Middle, provides one of the best portrayals currently on TV, and the supporting cast is natural and relaxed.

To those who suggested Breaking Bad, I give a hearty thanks and encourage you to keep thinking of other shows to watch. You clearly have an eye for strong television, so your opinion is valued.

I’ve also decided to check out Bored to Death, another suggestion from two friends with similar tastes in comedies. The cast – Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Zach Galifinakis – is solid, and I’ve been told the show is unlike anything else on TV. Plus, it’s only 30 minutes long, which will be a bit of a welcome relief after the 60-minute sessions of shows like Lost, 24, Fringe and Breaking Bad. A nice 30-minute comedy should be a good way to unwind and decompress.

Thanks again to everyone who offered these ideas. I’ll keep you posted on my thoughts of your picks, and I hope to hear more suggestions from you.

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2 thoughts on “Summer TV suggestions off to a Bad start

  1. Yay! Glad you like it! That is exactly what happened to me with season 1 of 24! I was literally driving to Blockbuster at 11:50 to get the next dvd! I totally have Breaking Bad in my Netflix que now! Oh, and nice title. Liketed that! =)

  2. Kevin, have you ever watched the summer series called Wipe Out? It is to premier soon on ABC (June 22). Check it out at this address: http://abc.go.com/shows/wipeout
    My husband and I have gotten a kick out of it in the past and just hope that it will not let us down this summer. You just never know when changes made to a show take it down the wrong path. =P

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