re: Breaking Bad Thread (NO SPOILERS OUTSIDE OF THIS THREAD. INCLUDING SIGS & CHATBOX.)
So BB is artificial, but Dexter, a show where every other person in Miami is some sort of serial killer, is not?
BB is all about characters, you know, breaking bad. That is one of the best aspects of the show. Most of the major characters have done things which are frowned upon by society, but they show how the characters struggle with their morals. It is up to the viewers to still like the characters or not. But we get to see what drove them to those extremes. Walter White started out as a man who you felt sympathetic about but at this point in the story he has completely turned over to the "dark side". The show has shown his slow change perfectly with him really questioning his deeds in the early seasons. It is fascinating to watch.
Don't know when the producers of Dexter were changed but it would make sense to me if it was after season 4. Seasons 1, 2 and 4 were the peaks of the show imo and since then the show has declined. Last season was a bit of an improvement from 6 but the sloppy writing was still there. And the best parts of 7 were the characters of Edward James Olmos and Mos Def, not Travis Marshall. Don't really care that the ratings have improved. That just means that Showtime is making lots of money, doesn't prove that the show is improving.
Edit - Forgot to mention that, along with Mad Men, BB is one of the most beautifully shot TV shows of all time. The cinematography, music, hell even the sound design, is almost always perfect.
Making money is important because it helps guarantee that the shows can continue. The show has improved greatly, And yes, I do believe that a city like Miami is littered with murderers of different flavors, not necessarily serial killers.
There's nothing fascinating about watching a pile of garbage allowing himself to toss aside his morals.
Dexter didn't vastly improve. The first 3/4 seasons were great, but after that it vastly declined in quality.
Stating lies over and over again doesn't turn them into facts.