PERSONAL DISCOVERY 001: Staying up all night and watching an entire season of Breaking Bad in one sitting is not good for one’s mental health

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  1. Edward
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 9:49 am | Permalink

    I wonder how many of us, given the right circumstances, would be capable of turning into monsters, like Walt.

  2. Eel
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 9:57 am | Permalink

    Cranston had lots of practice being evil. He played a bad guy on the Power Rangers in 1993.

  3. SparkleMotion
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:01 am | Permalink

    And he played the husband on Malcolm in the Middle, the most chilling portrayal of a doormat.

  4. Jeff Meyers
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:09 am | Permalink

    Breaking Bad is one of those shows I simultaneously can’t wait to see and dread watching. It may very well be the best show ever created for television. And I’m rarely given to hyperbole.

  5. Erika
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    So, which season was it? We are totally hooked, but we have suffered the agony of watching it week by week and season by season.

  6. Posted September 20, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Permalink

    I don’t get TV anymore. I tried watching some shows, but they move way too slow.

    I could read the script in under 5 minutes. An entire season would set me back a little more than an hour.

  7. anonymous
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    Spoiler Alert: He starts selling meth.

  8. Mr. X
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

    Parker Posey giving Brian Cranston a shout out.

  9. R2Me2
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    If you want to have your mind blown, follow this link. It’ll take you to footage of Cranston on an ’80s Lifetime Network show called Crisis Counselor. He plays a man in family therapy after discovering that he’s bisexual.

  10. dot dot dash
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Permalink

    I like when he strangled the guy who was chained to the pole in the basement. That was a great scene.

  11. Bob
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Peter Larson, that may be the funniest and most ridiculous thing I’ve read in weeks. Do we still believe that tv is all crap? Breaking Bad is brilliantly executed entertainment.

    I don’t really understand the “show cramming” approach though. That show gives you much to absorb and think about. Half of the joyis in waiting and anticipating where it will go. Why force it all down in one sitting?

    Or just read it all in five minutes. Adorable.

  12. Christine Moellering
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    Finally today a friend told me I don’t have to like him and now I feel like I can overcome the dislike of this show and try again. I have so so so many moral issues but I’m beginning to understand now that you aren’t supposed to like him.

  13. Posted September 20, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Permalink


    I can’t really say whether all TV is crap or not, being unable to watch all of it.

    The shows I have watched in the past few years move incredibly slow. So slow, that I watch them on fast forward and just read the subtitles.

    I used to love TV shows. The older I get, the less I like them. I fully blame myself.

    I merely though it odd. I’m sure there’s great TV out there.

  14. Posted September 20, 2012 at 5:57 pm | Permalink

    Peter Larson sounds like a tool. “I could read a season in an hour.” Oh hooray – good for you – television and cinematic experiences are more than just words on pages.

    MM – welcome to the cult! Breaking Bad is the greatest television show I know of. Wait until “Crawlspace.” Amazing.

  15. lorie
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    I cracked up when I saw title of this post. Yes indeed. I did the same thing when I discovered it on streaming. WOW. I watched the pilot and from the moment the pants flew in the air and the gun got tucked into his underpants waistband…I was hooked and it was a long marathon – luckily on a weekend.

  16. Posted September 20, 2012 at 7:29 pm | Permalink

    I don’t have a TV either, Pete. I mean, I have one, but it’s just to watch DVDs on. We don’t have an antenna, or cable. I’ve been watching Breaking Bad on Netflix streaming. I can’t remember how much it costs. I think it’s like $14 a month. I don’t watch much, but we sometimes watch movies on the weekend, and occasionally I get hooked on a show. The last show I got hooked on was The Wire. I think it’s better than Breaking Bad, but both shows are good. As for what season I watched last night, it was season two. Season three starts tonight.

  17. Posted September 20, 2012 at 7:30 pm | Permalink

    And I don’t know if it came across in my post, but I was trying to equate watching the show with doing meth.

  18. Posted September 20, 2012 at 8:29 pm | Permalink

    I watched two episodes of the Wire. I didn’t really get it.

    The last show I liked was that Joss Whedon thing that got cancelled.

  19. Posted September 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Pete likes old-timey serials.
    But breaking bad is thrilling, provocative.

  20. tom
    Posted September 20, 2012 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    Oh, sorry. Firefly.

  21. Posted September 20, 2012 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    You’ll have to be more specific, Pete. Everything Joss Whedon has ever touched has gotten cancelled.

  22. Posted September 20, 2012 at 10:11 pm | Permalink

    True, though they were all good.

  23. Bob
    Posted September 21, 2012 at 12:38 pm | Permalink

    Buffy but not The Wire? At least you didn’t accuse The Wire of being racist, your old go to criticism.

  24. Posted September 24, 2012 at 5:03 am | Permalink

    I’m with Pete.

    I used to waste time listening to music. Then I realized that I can get through a 3-minute song in about 20 seconds by just reading the lyrics.

    I used to waste time reading books. Then I realized that reading them takes too long, and you can get through hundreds of pages faster by watching a two-hour movie. Then I realized that you can get through the two-hour movie faster by turning on subtitles and fast-forwarding it. Then I discovered Book-A-Minute.

    Now I no longer read books, watch movies, or listen to music. It’s freed me to spend my valuable time on much more important things, like commenting multiple times on every post at

  25. Marie
    Posted September 24, 2012 at 6:02 pm | Permalink

    Hey, me too! I just watched all four seasons of Breaking Bad (on Netflix) in the last two weeks (finished last Friday). Yes, I completely felt like a drug addict by the end of it. Nothing got done. The house fell into chaos. It was even hard to work. I just wanted go home and watch Breaking Bad.

  26. You need to see this
    Posted November 6, 2012 at 3:05 pm | Permalink

    Breaking Bad with puppies!!!

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