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Critical Reception & Popularity - Head-2-Head TV Show Review: Weeds vs. Breaking Bad
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posted on Jul 24, 2011 at 5:17PM

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

Critical Reception & Popularity

By Jeremy Whitley
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showtime logoFirst, for a quick look at the shows. Weeds is now going into its seventh season on Showtime which makes it Showtime’s longest running narrative show, not to mention one of the longest running shows on Showtime (losing out only to “Penn and Teller’s B.S.”). When it first debuted back in 2005, it was a surprise hit. Critics loved it, fans loved it, and it was like nothing else on television. Its mixture of wacky humor, incredibly written and acted characters, and an ability to suddenly turn very serious without warning made it the show to watch on Showtime. Weeds is largely responsible for the current crop of great original shows on Showtime including: Dexter, Shameless, Episodes, Californication, Nurse Jackie, The United States of Tara, and The Big C.

amc logoBreaking Bad was in a tough spot from the beginning. Less than a year after AMC delivered Mad Men to the world, they premiered their next big original, Breaking Bad. Mad Men took off like a rocket, while Breaking Bad fulminated just out of the view of the public. That is, until last year when it took home both the leading and supporting actor in a drama Emmys. Last season (season 3) was critically acclaimed and this season’s return was one of the most highly anticipated returns for any show. Mad Men may have set the bar for American period drama on television, but Breaking Bad is AMC’s little show that could.


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Critical Reception & Popularity - Head-2-Head TV Show Review: Weeds vs. Breaking Bad
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showtime logoFirst, for a quick look at the shows. Weeds is now going into its seventh season on Showtime which makes it Showtime’s longest running narrative show, not to mention one of the longest running shows on Showtime (losing out only to “Penn and Teller’s B.S.”). When it first debuted back in 2005, it was a surprise hit. Critics loved it, fans loved it, and it was like nothing else on television. Its mixture of wacky humor, incredibly written and acted characters, and an ability to suddenly turn very serious without warning made it the show to watch on Showtime. Weeds is largely responsible for the current crop of great original shows on Showtime including: Dexter, Shameless, Episodes, Californication, Nurse Jackie, The United States of Tara, and The Big C.

amc logoBreaking Bad was in a tough spot from the beginning. Less than a year after AMC delivered Mad Men to the world, they premiered their next big original, Breaking Bad. Mad Men took off like a rocket, while Breaking Bad fulminated just out of the view of the public. That is, until last year when it took home both the leading and supporting actor in a drama Emmys. Last season (season 3) was critically acclaimed and this season’s return was one of the most highly anticipated returns for any show. Mad Men may have set the bar for American period drama on television, but Breaking Bad is AMC’s little show that could.


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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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