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Lockdown TV – Breaking Bad

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So we’ve been in lockdown for just over 4 weeks now and to be honest, streaming has become a very close friend. 

We live in a society now where there are so many streaming options available with Netflix, Disney+,  Amazon Prime, BritBox (I’ll hold judgement on this one for now) and several others.

I love TV and I love movies. I find it really relaxing watching a decent TV programme or a movie and just getting lost in what’s being shown to me on the screen. Boil the kettle to make a cup of tea or crack open a beer and relax.

Amazon Prime and Netflix have been saviours when it comes to the lockdown and I’m sure many households will agree with me. If you like crime drama, there’s something for you. If you like comedies, there’s something for you. If you like romantic films, there’s something for you. Netflix has everything, including Carole Baskin.

It also has lots and lots of old TV shows that you can stream and binge-watch immediately. Of course, there are classic TV shows but there’s also one that was first released in 2013  and is about a chemistry teacher who has terminal cancer and has to find a way to provide for his family after he’s gone. 

I’m talking about Breaking Bad, which you can stream on Netflix or buy Breaking Bad on Amazon Prime (if you’ve not got Netflix, but who hasn’t nowadays?)

When this first came out in 2013, it wasn’t something that I ran out to watch. It wasn’t something I was really that fussed about watching if I’m perfectly honest. The thought of watching a TV show where they just cook meth really didn’t interest me. But don’t let that fool you. This program isn’t just about cooking meth, it’s about the struggles of two people from completely separate worlds, who end up becoming so connected in their joint venture that you start to empathize with these two main characters.

I’m halfway through season 3 and I’m absolutely hooked. My 18-year old son and me are binge-watching it, although I tend to lose him every other night while he’s playing Xbox with his mates, oh to be young again!

Yes, I’m really late to the party when it comes to Breaking Bad, but to be honest that’s the beauty of the technology we’ve got nowadays. I don’t have to feel as if I’m really late to the party because I can watch the whole series on Netflix back to back if I want to. That is if I didn’t want to sleep for several days.

The cinematography in this show is incredible. The subtle symbolism of colours throughout could be seen as a precognitive to the theme of the episode being watched. I’m sure in a few years time students studying a degree in media will use Breaking Bad for one of their modules. 

As I say, I’m halfway through the 3rd season (I don’t normally use that phrase, as it’s an Americanism which sadly the English language appears to have adopted and I’ve used it twice now) and I love it. There were 5 seasons (third time) in total and I don’t want it to end. But luckily there are follow-up shows ‘Better Call Saul’ and the 2019 El Camino with Jesse Pinkman. So they’re next on my list!

If you’ve binged on Tiger King, and want something new to watch. Breaking Bad is your next must-see.