As I tried to tell someone who was reluctant to even start watching Breaking Bad, I said:
Breaking Bad is quite simply the best written TV drama… ever. If you avoid it based on “House of Cards” which I’ve also seen, you will be diminished. BB is Vagnerian, Greek Tragedy, Voltaire, Kafka, and Vonnegut rolled into one.
Breaking Bad was in essence, man’s search for significance when faced with his own mortality. That’s what made it great drama.
The writers NEVER took the easy way out. Never went predictable, NEVER went in any direction that wasn’t authentic, yet they always surprised me, plotwise, which is damn hard to do.