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Head-2-Head TV Show Review: Weeds vs. Breaking Bad

The Matchup

By Jeremy Whitley
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breaking bad and weeds tv shows go head-to-head in review


The Matchup
There was a time, not so long ago, when you didn’t talk about drugs on television. Then, when you did, you only talked about them in an after-school special kind of way. While you could trace this evolution down the lines of television history, that is not what we’re doing today. Today, we’re going to take a look at two main characters -- protagonists even -- who are fronting two of the most acclaimed shows on television. These characters are every day working class suburbanites. They have kids that talk back, they have houses to maintain, heck they even both have zany brothers-in-law. They’re both a morning talk show and a talking woodchuck away from being Full House’s Danny Tanner. However, these two shows are not the kind you sit down with your kids and watch on TGIF, because the main characters of both of these shows are drug dealers.

The Weigh In
In the blue corner, weighing in Monday nights at 10, we have Showtime’s Weeds, with its widowed mother of two to three, Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker).

In the red corner, weighing in Sunday nights at 10, is AMC’s Breaking Bad and sad sack chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston).


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The Matchup
There was a time, not so long ago, when you didn’t talk about drugs on television. Then, when you did, you only talked about them in an after-school special kind of way. While you could trace this evolution down the lines of television history, that is not what we’re doing today. Today, we’re going to take a look at two main characters -- protagonists even -- who are fronting two of the most acclaimed shows on television. These characters are every day working class suburbanites. They have kids that talk back, they have houses to maintain, heck they even both have zany brothers-in-law. They’re both a morning talk show and a talking woodchuck away from being Full House’s Danny Tanner. However, these two shows are not the kind you sit down with your kids and watch on TGIF, because the main characters of both of these shows are drug dealers.

The Weigh In
In the blue corner, weighing in Monday nights at 10, we have Showtime’s Weeds, with its widowed mother of two to three, Nancy Botwin (Mary Louise Parker).

In the red corner, weighing in Sunday nights at 10, is AMC’s Breaking Bad and sad sack chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston).


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15 Comments So Far …

  1. danny archer danny archer says:
    i luvvvvv luvvv luvvvv weeds

  2. plankton post plankton post says:
    WEEDS!<33333

  3. Carlos Carlos says:
    Weeds is the best show on tv!! Mary Louise Parker is on fire. So hot.

  4. TdSolanz TdSolanz says:
    Walter's The Man

  5. Breaking Bald Breaking Bald says:
    Bryan Cranston > Mary-Louise Parker!

  6. silentboy silentboy says:
    Walter looks better in his underwear

  7. CobraKai CobraKai says:
    Walter's got a tougher job - meth heads. eh...

  8. rah rah says:
    "Breaking Bad" seems like a really funny and good show. I haven't seen the show but I have heard from my c-worker at DISH all about it. I think after reading some reviews I'm going to watch it. Be sure to watch "Breaking Bad" with DISH and save your money rather than waste it on any other company! www.BestTVForMe.com.

  9. sean sean says:
    Weeds is silly while Breaking Bad is dark and serious personally i like Breaking Bad a lot more and it is the best show on tv

  10. RayofTheCharles RayofTheCharles says:
    I'm convinced Walter was hatched while he was on Malcolm on the middle!

  11. Mangokhanal Mangokhanal says:
    if i really wanted you to summarize the two main characters of this show then i would have asked. Where's the commentary and analysis? never in this article is their a hint to where there is a comparison. these are just different facts about both characters and the author finds it necessary to act like she knows both characters personally. if you're going to write about two fictional characters don't act like theyre actuall people. and dont be afraid to critisize and compare them which should be the point of this article in the first place. You dont know them and they dont know you soi promise no feelings will be hurt. if you just let us know how you think one of the characters is better than the other than maybe the the "vs" in your title will actually mean something.

  12. Zach Zach says:
    Breaking Bad by a long shot. Weeds is for women.

  13. Chris Died for your Sins Chris Died for your Sins says:
    Weeds is about a drug that has positive effects of most people. Breaking Bad is about a drug that has negative effects on everyone, everywhere, especially the people who use it. Walter is evil. Nancy Botwin is hot.

  14. J J says:
    Both are quite good, but Breaking Bad will always win in my book. It's simply the superior show. Even if you were to remove the "apples and oranges" comparisons, it's is still better just in terms of sheer quality. The acting and characters in particular are done leagues better in BB than they are in Weeds. Like most comparisons like this, it all comes down to personal preference. In my opinion, Breaking Bad's characters, story, and situations are all far superior. It's more personal, more engaging, and more entertaining. Weeds has always been light-hearted, it's a comedy when you break it down to the raw basics. There's nothing wrong with that, but occasionally I found it did hurt the show's overall quality. In summary: Weeds is a solid 7/10, but, Breaking bad is a 10/10, no matter how you look at it.

  15. Ben Ben says:
    I think we root for Walt as you said, because we have hurt people. We're not perfect, and even though we try to be perfect, we become competitive to a point and we want no one above us. It's the human defect, and that is what makes breaking bad great. It shows us how evil, or how far someone will go to survive, or allow our closest loved ones to.

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