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Ten of the best television shows that you should catching up on



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Breaking Bad
What do you do when you are suddenly diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer and immanent bills that will affect your family for years to come? Why, you set up a meth lab and call yourself Heisenberg, of course. This is the main premise of Breaking Bad, which was called “The Highest-Rated TV Show of All Time” by Guinness World Records. When people tell you that the show is good, they aren’t making it up, it’s good. Think of it this way: in the parking garage of television most good shows would be a BMW or an Audi or a Mercedes, but Breaking Bad is a Ferrari.  

(2008-2013) TV series – AMC (Available to stream on Netflix)
Emmy’s: Ten wins, forty-two nominations


Boardwalk Empire
Boardwalk Empire, a drama that takes place during the Prohibition Era, focuses primarily on gagster/political figure, Enoch “Nucky” Thompson (Steve Buscemi). The pilot episode is one of the most talked about, as it was directed by Martin Scorsese for a cool $18 million. And don’t forget about the bevy of historical characters who will pop up during the show, one of which is your friend and mine, Mr. Al Capone (Stephen Graham).

(2010- ) Season 4 finale November, season 5 confirmed. HBO (Available to stream on HBO GO if you have an account, or Netflix via DVD)
Emmy’s: Seventeen wins, forty nominations


Homeland
Homeland is a psychological thriller that follows Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) who is a CIA agent with bipolar disorder. Mathison believes that a US Marine Corps Scout Sniper and recently released al-Qaeda prisoner of war, Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), was “turned” while he was held captive and is now a threat to US national security.

(2011- ) Season finale December 2013. Showtime (Available to stream on Showtime Anytime if you have an account, or Netflix via DVD)
Emmy’s: Eight wins, twenty nominations

 

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