chicken sandwich wrote:
why bring up Dexter in this thread, they're not even remotely in the same league
...because we're saying by contrast BB is a superior show? What's the issue?
It's not just that BB is (MUCH MUCH MUCH) better. It's that they have no relationship to each other other than being one-hour cable dramas and thus there is very little basis for comparison. Mad Men is on the same network. The X-Files was where Vince Gilligan got his start. The Sopranos is a show about a bald criminal who grows progressively more sociopathic and selfish as the years roll on (the OPPOSITE of Dexter, let's say). There are clearly better analogues. But as far as quality goes, Dexter is a pulpy show on a soapy network with exactly one compelling character and it hasn't been good in the four years since they killed off the only other compelling character. Breaking Bad is one of the 3 or 4 best shows ever made with a cast full of exceptional characters and excellent actors, with tighter scriptwriting, the best cinematography in the history of the medium, etc. Different leagues.