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Was “Breaking Bad” Better Than “The Sopranos?”

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For those Netflix customers who need their Walter White fix, they won’t have to wait too long, because the comapny just announced that it will be releasing the final eight episodes of “Breaking Bad” for streaming. So for those who want to re-live all the craziness of the last season they’ll be able to do so on Feb. 24, according to The Huffington Post.

It’s been almost four months now since the show about a teacher turned meth-dealer went off the air, and ever since, loyal fans have been dying to get their hands on the final season to see if they can pick up anything that they missed before. And if you’ve never seen the show before, Feb 24 will be a great time to experience all the drama and humor the show has to offer, and you can also include yourself in the many “Breaking Bad” conversations that seem to happen at just about every workplace and dinner table.

Since the show went off the air, many people on social media and on blogs have asked if “Breaking Bad” is better than “The Sopranos?” If Walter White is more compelling than Tony Soprano. And what if you compared Skyler White to Carmella Soprano, which character was it easier to feel empathy for, and which actress played the role more convincingly?

And if you took a look at the rest of the supporting characters, which ones were more interesting to watch? Chrissy Moltisanti or Jesse Pinkman? Hank Schrader or Paulie Walnuts? And finally, which of the series’ plot lines rang more true? The questions could go on forever and one could probably come up with a million hard-to-call comparisons, because both shows were incredible.

But based on this writer’s take, “The Sopranos” wins the prize every time, although I’m sure many people would disagree. For one, the story lines were a little more realistic, as Walter White and company did a lot of improbable-made-for-TV-things to get out of jams. “The Sopranos” did the same at times, but far less frequently. For example, reality might have been stretched a little when the mob characters did a “hit” and all they did was clean up the blood and not worry about the DNA. But for the most part, the “The Sopranos” was more gritty, had darker, yet funnier story lines and the writer’s added a philosophical component to each episode than “Breaking Bad” didn’t have, which is not an easy feat when you’re writing a show about a bunch of sociopaths.

Don’t get me wrong, “Breaking Bad” was obviously right up there with “The Sopranos,” in terms of quality and plot twists, but due to the fact that AMC wasn’t able to show as much as HBO, I think “Breaking Bad” suffered a bit for it, and “The Soprano’s” writers had little more room to be creative.

But either way, you can judge for yourself next month when you sit back, grab some good eats and enjoy “Breaking Bad’s” last eight episodes. And when you’re done, watch a bit of the “The Sopranos” and make the comparison yourself, but both shows were so well-made it might be hard to make a final decision. Unless of course you’re just a bigger fan of one show over the other. Then your decision will be easy. It’ll be biased, but it’ll definitely be easy.

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Was “Breaking Bad” Better Than “The Sopranos?”
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  • Will Cox

    Breaking Bad was a very enjoyable show. I enjoyed it enough to watch it twice, but it doesn't even hold a candle to The Sopranos. The Sopranos had something to say. It was relentless commentary on the hypocrisy and decay in the American family, and much more. It was also expertly shot, and even the smallest characters and scenarios were well thought-out and written.

    Breaking Bad was good in spite of itself. It had novelty going for it, but a couple of its really standout performances carried almost ALL of its weight. Walt's entire family is made up very weakly written, one-and-half-dimensional characters (Hank's paralysis, Walter Jr's disability, Marie's kleptomania, Skyler's cheating) ; and several of its scenarios are far too contrived for it to be called "greatest show ever", so blindly, by so many. There are TONS of things to say in favor of The Sopranos over Breaking Bad, but comparing the writing for Carmella to the writing for Skyler is, to me, what best exemplifies the massive quality difference in the two shows as a whole. I'll give Breaking Bad that is has more mass appeal, but The Sopranos is simply the more intelligent show (the former being BECAUSE of the latter).

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