Marcus Snowden (The Artist Formerly Known as msnowden1)ParticipantDecember 22, 2012 at 7:48 am #267301
Both are fascinating series, both have great protagonists and antagonists, beautiful direction and great cinematography. But, best of all, they both have the best writing staffs in dramatic television history (even The Sopranos’ writing got way more writing nominations and wins than Breaking Bad’s.) Which series do you think is better?December 22, 2012 at 9:20 am #267303
It’s hard to say, but I will go with Sopranos , it lasted longer and I’ve never been so entertained by a show since this show ended, imo, BB loses for a bit, just a little bit.December 22, 2012 at 12:41 pm #267304
The Sopranos is less consistent, but more ambitious. There are more weak story arcs and episodes, but it had more intelligent commentary about human nature and morality. Breaking Bad is less flawed but I would say the highs aren’t quite as high, even if it’s probably got the best cinematography of any show. I would lean towards Sopranos now, but a great ending could push Breaking Bad over the top easily and make it essentially second to only The Wire in terms of nigh-on-flawless drama. Cranston vs. Gandolfini is impossible.December 22, 2012 at 12:44 pm #267305
It won’t be possible to make a definitive assessment until “Breaking Bad” ends, but at the moment I give “Bad” the edge. Like “The Wire,” it feels novelistic. Every episode and storyline feels like it’s leading to a particular end. “The Sopranos” never felt like it was driving towards a particular conclusion, and when the end game finally happened, it, well, kinda didn’t happen at all.
Vince Gilligan and company still have half a season to screw it up, LOL, but if they stick the dismount, I’d rank “Bad” ahead of “Sopranos.”December 22, 2012 at 3:36 pm #267306
I never really understood the acclaim for The Sopranos but then again I watched after having seen The Wire and the first two seasons of Breaking Bad, among many other great shows (Deadwood, Six Feet Under, etc). To me, none of the characters ever fully engaged me, they always felt very hollow and unspectacular. The story was engaging enough I disagree with the previous poster that thinks The Sopranos has had higher highs than Breaking Bad. I just don’t agree.
I think the writing on The Sopranos may have been slightly better but I think that was a result of them not going for the shocking, adrenline pumping moments that Breaking Bad does. The wiritng on The Sopranos was more delicate, which tends to lend itself to being meatier and more substantial. But they weren’t innocent of using cliche and poorly exected archtypes. For me, it is Breaking Bad in a landslide simply because I didn’t care about a single character in the end. The execution was there but the content failed to thrill me.December 22, 2012 at 6:59 pm #267307
Anyways, The Sopranos is the greatest drama series ever.December 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm #267308
lolDecember 22, 2012 at 7:14 pm #267309
Objectively, judging solely on the series for what we see, Breaking Bad. Of course, no one could argue that The Sopranos is much more important than Breaking Bad.
It’s okay, ROB. I prefer Six Feet Under over The Sopranos. I mean, I prefer The Wire over all of these, but still.December 22, 2012 at 7:35 pm #267310
The Sopranos, Deadwood, The Wire>>>>>>>>>>SFU
I can’t even argue this. It seems incomprehensible to me.December 22, 2012 at 7:44 pm #267311
I’m not saying Six Feet Under is better. It is very good, but it qualitatively does not compare. Still, I enjoy watching it more than The Sopranos. I like Nate and Ruth over Tony and Carmella, even if the latter pair have a narrative that is a superior construction.December 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm #267312
I could somewhat get with argument if Nate hadn’t become insufferable by season three and Ruth by season four. They were destroyed by the writers. Even when The Sopranos got bumpy Tony and Carmella remained engaging and grounded.December 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm #267313
Count me in as someone who also thinks “Six Feet Under” is superior than “Tony and ‘Em”.December 22, 2012 at 8:22 pm #267314
The posters it’s coming from don’t surprise me.December 22, 2012 at 8:25 pm #267315
I think most of us can agree that The Wire trumps all.
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