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Odessa American, Texas, Nathaniel Miller column

September 19, 2013


Sept. 19--Let's play a little game. It's called "Unpopular Opinions." What happens is you tell me something you think would be considered an unpopular opinion and I'll tell you one of mine.

Because I'm so generous, I'll let you go first. Go ahead -- just yell it out at the page.

Wow. That's pretty good. Now it's my turn. Are you sitting down? You should be, because this one is a bit of a doozy.

Ready? I promise there will be no going back after this one.

You know that show "Breaking Bad?" It's absolute garbage.

For some reason or another, people have been praising the show for its writing and the acting by the cast. If you check out any review of the show, critics around the nation will tell you it's the best thing on TV since the Beatles performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show."

I've given the show a shot. I've watched three episodes of the first season and was annoyed with the writing and the slow-moving pace, and couldn't stand that one Jesse character.

Don't get me wrong, I love character development, but when it takes three episodes for the lead characters to properly dispose of two bodies, I just gave up.

And I know a thing or two about slow moving shows; I used to watch "Dragon Ball Z" as a child.

During an average week, I probably only watch seven total hours of TV -- the majority of that time being taken up by sports. Most of the time in the day is usually taken up by work, the gym or doing many of the numerous chores needed to be done around the house.

So when I say I don't have time to invest into a show, I really mean it. It's much like the first sentences of our stories: If we don't grab your attention right away, you're not going to read the whole thing.

Sure, I've watched "Mad Men" and "The Walking Dead" through all the episodes they've made available at this point, but they've captivated me. Science Fiction shows like "Doctor Who," "Firefly" and "Lost" are also high on my list.

Reality TV shows like "Duck Dynasty," "Pawn Stars" or anything that involves people talking directly into the camera are unappealing to me. And shame on anyone who watches "Here Comes Honey Boo-Boo."

These shows are the reason the rest of the world hates us.

The Internet was buzzing last week with the latest "Breaking Bad" episode about how it was the greatest thing in TV history. These same critics also said the same thing when "The Sopranos" aired their last episode, and that was a far superior show.

For hard numbers, the most watched television event (besides Super Bowls) was the final episode of M*A*S*H, which is reported as having 125.59 million views on Feb. 28, 1983.

Even when "Breaking Bad" ends, it'll only be a matter of time before critics find their new "best show on television." Current frontrunners are "Boardwalk Empire," "Game of Thrones" and "House of Cards."

Go ahead and chastise me. Say how much you love your show. It honestly doesn't hurt me. When one show ends and I don't watch it, life, the universe and everything around me doesn't come crashing down.

I'll be OK knowing that while everyone is looking for the next best thing, I'll be moving along without a (television show) care in the world.

--Contact Nathaniel Miller on twitter at @OAgovernment, on Facebook at OA Nathaniel Miller or call 432-333-7769


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