Anthony Hopkins might not agree, but hear us out
Now that the Breaking Bad finale has finally been broadcast, some fans are in mourning while others quietly collect themselves and refrain from spoiling the ending to newcomers. An underappreciated chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer decides to produce crystal meth to sustain his family after he’s gone. Yes, the show has attracted plenty of attention, and has been touted as one of the greatest TV shows of all-time. But fans of The Wire fans, on hearing this, have quickly pricked up their ears, raised their eye brows and questioned, “Are you sure?”
The Wire was a golden nugget of TV drama, a much overlooked masterpiece that television snobs (they exist) could comfortably recite as the greatest of all-time. Its densely populated universe of characters, its intelligence in utilising screen time in a television medium, and the fact it was void of any filler episodes/seasons (the only show I can think of that doesn’t have any) means it has, I’m afraid to say, many more positive attributes than Breaking Bad.
Don’t believe me? Below are two major differences, that are integral to my argument. Breaking Bad fans, read them and weep.