As a special request for my birthday - not until Sunday so you still have plenty of time to send me those priceless gifts - the 'Memsahib' bought me the box-set of "Breaking Bad". I can remember reading the general synopsis of the story-line in which a respectable High School chemistry teacher runs into a shit-storm of problems including financial ones and by an accidental stroke of fate bumps into the fringes of the amphetamine drug trade. This naïve 'Mr. Everyman' decides to utilise his chemistry skills in making drugs. By the way, I have deliberately not linked to the Wiki page for this series because it is better to come to it cold - and let it warm you!
So far, so intriguing, but alas I missed the first few episodes and such were the rave reviews I determined not to watch any of them unless I could start at the beginning. Well, I have just watched the first and I am hooked. It is cruel and funny and I can barely wait to see the next episode. I have crossed everything I can in the hope that the standard remains high. On the basis of just one single episode - and there is a total of five series - I am already placing it, temporarily, up alongside The Wire, than which etc, etc.
Dammit, they churn out a tsunami of crap from those Los Angeles studios but every once in a while they produce a five star winner.