As the entertainment world enters 2020 and the third decade of the 21st century, it's become an undeniable fact TV has changed. Once considered cheap, disposable entertainment, the advent of "prestige TV," which began on HBO, has colonized the landscape. And perhaps the most influential series that helped bring about that change was Breaking Bad, one of the first to air not on subscription, but AMC. Running from 2008 to 2013, it helped redefine what TV could look like on basic cable. For those looking to start watching shows like Breaking Bad, here's a list of some of the best.
Breaking Bad had all the ingredients to make it a hit with critics and viewers. It's an anti-hero story about a chemistry teacher who turns to drug dealing because of America's failing healthcare system. It touches on so many aspects of modern life, from the need to keep up appearances, to the American dream of running one's own business, to the addiction to making money and having power. It's also a gripping character study of Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and how his life goes completely off the rails as the path to hell is paved with good intentions.
But Breaking Bad isn't the only show that can say that. Here's a list of the best of the best for those who love great TV.