4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking Bad-Sized Hole In Your Heart

By Andrew Bridgman / January 3, 2014

4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking BadSized Hole In Your Heart

With no Breaking Bad to look forward to in 2014 (although the Better Call Saul spinoff might count), people are looking for another show to give them the same adrenaline rush that only the tragic tale of Walter White could provide. Luckily, we have some recommendations for shows you can watch that can almost fill the Breaking Bad-sized hole in your heart. 

 

1. The Shield

  4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking BadSized Hole In Your Heart

Similarities:

  • Morally-complex anti-hero protagonist with a shaved head who is a destructive force in the lives of everyone close to him

  • Good mix between nail-biting, tension-filled drama and comedy

  • SO MANY GREAT TWISTS

  • DRUGS DRUGS DRUGS

  • Just the closest thing out there to Breaking Bad.

 

Differences:

  • Has a better ending. THAT'S RIGHT, THE ENDING IS BETTER.

  • Main character pretty much starts off in Evil-Walt mode instead of gradually moving there

  • Somehow gets darker than Breaking Bad ever got (and Breaking Bad had child-poisoning) - cats are strangled for no reason, there are brutal sexual assaults, and...the ending. Oh man, the ending.

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2. The Sopranos

  4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking BadSized Hole In Your Heart

Similarities:

  • Morally-complex anti-hero protagonist

  • Blonde wife complicit in the main character's crimes disliked by fans for sometimes nagging the evil murderous sociopath husband who is constantly putting his family in danger

  • Daughter representing the last shred of innocence

  • Pointless son

 

Differences:

  • Main character only balding, not fully bald

  • Less plot-driven, more "Tony is having weird dreams"-driven

  • Zero intentionally-poisoned children

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3. The Wire

  4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking BadSized Hole In Your Heart

Similarities:

  • Everyone who has ever seen it will tell you that you just have to watch it, since it's probably the best TV show ever

  • Morally-complex anti-hero protagonist

  • Features a loveable junkie who viewers just want to make it out alive and be happy

  • DRUGS DRUGS DRUGS

 

Differences:

  • Is about how the failure of institutions which are slowly chipping away at the fabric of society, whereas Breaking Bad is about making it impossible for you to ever watch Malcolm in the Middle again without thinking Hal is a monstrous sociopath

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4. Trailer Park Boys 

   4 Shows You Can Marathon To Fill the Breaking BadSized Hole In Your Heart

Similarities:

  • People down on their luck turning to drug production and distribution as a way of achieving financial independence.

  • Dogged lawman (sorta) in constant pursuit of them.

 

Differences:

  • Is a delightful, hilarious, much more light-hearted take on "making drugs to provide for my family," which is a nice way to cleanse your soul of the infinite darkness and despair of Breaking Bad.

  • No kids get poisoned! Wait. Maybe a couple do? Sorta.

  • Extremely Canadian.

 

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