Having been inspired by my expose on television's recent assault on viewers, I have decided not to leave you in a state of comatose-like depression created by aforementioned assault, but instead attempt to lift your spirits by suggesting five excellent shows. Perhaps this will leave you feeling somewhat more positive about the creativity, art, and orgiastic amounts of money-making that is the entertainment industry. I want you all to know that there is more to television than the following:
|Hell Date, BET., Are You Smarter than a Fifth Grader?, FOX., Minute to Win It, NBC...All quality programming.|
1.) Breaking Bad, AMC - Last week I saw a car accident. It was a wreck so uncompromisingly glorious that I nearly crashed my own vehicle while rubbernecking. Breaking Bad is television's glorious car wreck; a show so tense your buttcheeks will clench together in glee and exuberant horror as you watch. Veteran actor Bryan Cranston is Walter White, a terminally ill, middle-aged, high-school chemistry teacher who turns to cooking meth to provide for his family. The resulting tale is a white-hot descent into a moral maelstrom as Walter's deal with the devil causes all hell to break loose.
2.) Mad Men, AMC - I love watching rich white men do whatever the f@ck they want, whenever they want, to whomever they please. I enjoy it much more when it's set in the 1960s and the main character is a brooding, yet dashing, alcoholic. Just when you think Jon Hamm's turn as the liquor guzzling, testosterone sweating, ad man Don Draper is enough excitement for one day, Mad Men turns it up a notch with a fine supporting cast that keeps the ball rolling. The series continues to be an excellent insight into a number of critical social issues including civil rights, the women's movement, Vietnam, and changing social mores all seen through the eyes of the richest, classiest badass in New York who is far more concerned with the style of his cufflinks and making everyone else his bitch. So tune in to Mad Men, and watch as Don Draper obliviously drinks and f@cks his way to happiness while the cultural shift of the 1960s roars across the U.S.
|Ron Swanson (above). Don't you wanna make love to that moustache?|
|Not your momma's Spartacus.|
As this is a Top 5 list, there will obviously be some shows left out of the running. Leave a message if there's a show you think deserves a lil' lovin' from the Panda community. More than likely it's a shitty show, but seriously, give it a shot.