To the point where I forget I'm watching a TV show? I'd say only The Wire, The Shield and True Detective have had that effect on me. I'm always vaguely aware I'm watching a TV show whenever I watch an episode of say Game of Thrones, and I like Game of Thrones more than I liked Breaking Bad (both are in my all-time top 5 though, as are The Wire, The Shield & True Detective). There's just something about Breaking Bad that makes you suspend your disbelief to a point where you forget you're suspending it. Doesn't necessarily make it a more enjoyable show but it does make it extremely well written television.
The Shield is extremely underrated in the pantheon of TV dramas.
Season 5 until the end is about as perfect as television has ever gotten, with "Possible Kill Screen" being one of the best single episodes I've ever seen.
"When you separate an entwined particle and you move both parts away from the other,even at opposite ends of the universe, if you alter or affect one, the other will be identically altered or affected."
Post by riseofsetian1981 on Mar 14, 2014 22:23:08 GMT -5
For me, the very first show that absolutely hooked me was 24. I rented 24: Redemption and fell in love with the story, the character of Jack Bauer, and at first tried to watch Season 7. I eventually decided to start from the beginning and was hooked after the first episode.
Other shows that hooked me were House M.D., Dexter(Until I read the reviews of Season 7 and 8, haven't attempted to watch them yet), Walking Dead, Breaking Bad, The Shield, Supernatural, Sherlock, The Following, Sons of Anarchy, and American Horror Story all pulled me in as well.
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