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View Poll Results: Mad Men or Breaking Bad (or neither)?
Mad Men 30 18.63%
Breaking Bad 126 78.26%
Don't waste your time with either....watch baseball instead 5 3.11%
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:30 PM   #1
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Poll: Mad Men or Breaking Bad?

So now that summer time is upon us, I plan to catch up on stuff, but these two series are on my list to watch. As I want to intersperse a few movies in there (as well as Big Brother and possibly Glass Houses), I'm not sure if I will have time to do TWO complete series of shows. I've already gotten through 4 or 5 episodes of Mad Men (getting better, but still isn't REALLY grabbing me) and I started to record the Breaking Bad replay that started over the weekend.

So, if you only had time to watch one, which would it be, Breaking Bad or Mad Men?
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:34 PM   #2
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Not even close - Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever - maybe the best. Mad Men is just a good show.

And if Mad Men is a little slow for you, you won't have that problem with Breaking Bad.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:52 PM   #3
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I have only seen the first season of Breaking Bad. Based on their first seasons, I'd go with Mad Men. However, the hype around Breaking Bad only picks up more and more steam so I can only assume that it gets better and better and therefore my assessment is not worth the pixels it is occupying.
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Old 06-12-2012, 12:59 PM   #4
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Not even close - Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever - maybe the best. Mad Men is just a good show...
...Comparing apples to oranges...not a fair comparison. Two TOTALLY different types of shows.

I wouldn't call Mad Men "just a good show"...it's MUCH better than a "good" show....just not the high standard of BB, nor the same type of program.
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:36 PM   #5
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Whichever one you like better. Ya do that
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Old 06-12-2012, 01:51 PM   #6
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I'd go Breaking Bad over Mad Men

BB is just flat out awesome, while MM is very good.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:17 PM   #7
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Not even close - Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever - maybe the best. Mad Men is just a good show.
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Old 06-12-2012, 03:35 PM   #8
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Breaking Bad.

While I like Mad Men, I'm only on season 2.

I watched Breaking Bad by renting the discs, so i had 4 episodes at a time, and when I watched one, I wanted to watch the next, and then the next.

Now that I'm caught up it's hard to only have one a week.

Doesn't really happen with Mad Men.

Maybe because each episode is more self contained then Breaking Bad, but still...

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Old 06-12-2012, 03:35 PM   #9
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I can't choose.

I would definitely drop BB (which I do like), movies, whatever to make room for both of these.
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Old 06-12-2012, 08:47 PM   #10
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I'd choose Breaking Bad. And based on some of the comments I've seen you make, I think you'll like Breaking Bad better.

Having said that, I LOVE both of these shows, but they're very, very different. Both are extremely well written and well produced, but they're almost polar opposites in terms of the type of show. BB is an intense, in-your-face thriller that just continues to get darker and darker. MM is a period piece that's all about character development and subtlety and nuance.

You really can't go wrong with either one, but given that BB is about to start its 5th season, you can hurry and watch the first four seasons and then watch the 5th season in real time. MM just completed it's 5th season and the 6th won't be starting until 2013, so there's no real hurry to catch up with MM right now.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:01 AM   #11
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Not even close - Breaking Bad.

Breaking Bad is one of the best TV shows ever - maybe the best. Mad Men is just a good show.

And if Mad Men is a little slow for you, you won't have that problem with Breaking Bad.
I agree. Mad Men doesn't get any "faster".
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I'd choose Breaking Bad. And based on some of the comments I've seen you make, I think you'll like Breaking Bad better.

Having said that, I LOVE both of these shows, but they're very, very different. Both are extremely well written and well produced, but they're almost polar opposites in terms of the type of show. BB is an intense, in-your-face thriller that just continues to get darker and darker. MM is a period piece that's all about character development and subtlety and nuance.

You really can't go wrong with either one, but given that BB is about to start its 5th season, you can hurry and watch the first four seasons and then watch the 5th season in real time. MM just completed it's 5th season and the 6th won't be starting until 2013, so there's no real hurry to catch up with MM right now.
I think that's what I'm planning...but...crap...I only got the pilot recorded and the rest didn't record. I had the DVR set to record only 1st run, so it didn't pick up the rest. I fixed this and it should start picking up the rest, but I'm sure I missed a few. Is BB available on Netflix streaming?
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Old 06-13-2012, 10:29 PM   #13
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both are great shows. I'd watch MM during the summer and keep BB for winter when I am cooped up inside and want a marathon.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:16 AM   #14
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I think that's what I'm planning...but...crap...I only got the pilot recorded and the rest didn't record. I had the DVR set to record only 1st run, so it didn't pick up the rest. I fixed this and it should start picking up the rest, but I'm sure I missed a few. Is BB available on Netflix streaming?
Yes it is on Netflix streaming. Don't skip any episodes.
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Watched part of episode 1 of BB before I fell asleep so I will have to rewatch. Also watched another episode of MM before that (slower than the previous two episodes). They did bleep out the bad words on BB.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:04 AM   #16
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When does BB's new season start? I'm finding conflicting info on the tubes and I have new DVRs so I don't have a SP set.
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When does BB's new season start? I'm finding conflicting info on the tubes and I have new DVRs so I don't have a SP set.
July 15.
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When does BB's new season start? I'm finding conflicting info on the tubes and I have new DVRs so I don't have a SP set.
Everything I've seen says 7/15. Who is saying otherwise?
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I saw one website saying July 9 - don't remember who.
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Gadzooks, now it sounds like I need to check out Breaking Bad. How many seasons do they have behind them.

I just finished Season 2 of Mad Men last night. I figure I'll have S3 and S4 done sometime next week. Really loving the show. I only discovered it when S5 began...watched one ep and decided I really needed to go back and start at the beginning. Glad I did.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:20 AM   #21
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The correct answer is Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
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Yes, but Breaking Bad first!
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The correct answer is Mad Men and Breaking Bad.
Well I will finish both eventually (assuming I like them), but I only have a limited amount of time....so I need to prioritize. I think what I might wind up doing is watching Mad Men earlier in the evening since I feel "safe" watching it (so far a few episodes in) with my 13 year old walking in and out of the room while BB seems to be more adult visually. So maybe I will get through both, not sure yet.
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Old 06-14-2012, 11:54 AM   #24
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I've never seen Mad Men so I can't compare, but I've been watching Breaking Bad since season 1. At that time, I thought that it was a good show, I'll keep watching.

Then season 2 blew my mind. Then season 3 blew my mind. Then season 4 blew my mind. Now I'm wondering why they are starting Season 5 (the final season) so late because it feels like I've been waiting forever.
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I've never seen Mad Men so I can't compare, but I've been watching Breaking Bad since season 1. At that time, I thought that it was a good show, I'll keep watching.

Then season 2 blew my mind. Then season 3 blew my mind. Then season 4 blew my mind. Now I'm wondering why they are starting Season 5 (the final season) so late because it feels like I've been waiting forever.
The time between season 3-4 was brutal. They had started in March for the previous 2 seasons then 4 they started in July. This season is July too so it's actually less time than we waited last year.
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And the delay between to the start of this season of MM was pretty bad, too...

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I would say BB first just because it has a new season coming up and Mad Men just finished theirs.

I am starting to watch it again so I can get caught up for the new season.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:06 PM   #28
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So, I'll start out by admitting I'm not really answering the question, not exactly.....

1a. Game of Thrones
1b. Justified
2. Mad Men
3. Breaking Bad

That makes my answer, if I were really answering the question, Mad Men.
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The correct answer is The Wire.
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Old 06-14-2012, 08:18 PM   #30
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I like Mad Men better. To me Breaking Bad is like a really bad car wreck, I feel bad watching it (violence and subject matter), but I can't look away.
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