Lately I’ve been watching the TV show Breaking Bad at night after everyone else goes to bed. It’s got to be the most depressing show that I can remember. The episode I saw last night featured a family completely strung out on Meth with their poor abused child left to fend for himself. Makes me just want to go give Caitlin a hug after each show.
As depressing as the show is, I find I can’t stop watching it. It’s one of the better written shows out there right now, it’s almost as if it were intended for viewing as an R rated movie instead of cable TV. There are swears and violence which get bleeped. I had to look up where it had originally aired since we downloaded it off of ITunes and was surprised to see that it’s an AMC show. I wonder if this is the start of a new trend where edgier shows can be done on smaller networks where the creators of the show will have more control. This counteracts the issues that shows like Firefly, Terminator, Jericho, and Dollhouse have had with the larger networks exerting control or killing shows that didn’t live up to their prime time standards. As more and more people watch shows on streaming systems like ITunes or Hulu, the network is going to matter less and less. Recommendations, word of mouth, and simple quality will matter much more to how well a show does.