Looking at all the waves that Breaking Bad has been making , the past couple of months, got me thinking about such similar television shows which went way and beyond and got fans excited .It certainly is the best show ever, you won’t find anything as good as breaking bad. Well, if you’re all done watching it, here are a few shows that were similar to it, that dealt with various aspects of science such as psychological, medical, supernatural and science fiction. So whilst you and me are waiting with bated breath for the series finale, and believe you me, there will be an emptiness left after it ends,I decided to compile a list of similar shows, so that I don’t get any Breaking Bad withdrawal pangs and end up throwing my plasma TV away. Just scan through the following list of the best TV shows and of course, your opinion is always more than welcome.
10. The X-Files
X files, The show that generated slogans like, ‘the truth is out there,’’ I want to believe, ‘was an American science fiction horror television series that follows two FBI agents, Fox Mulder and Dana Scully who investigate extraterrestrial or paranormal activities and cases. The show redefined the usually paranormal concepts that had coincided with the 1980’s era of governmental mistrust, secret FBI files and conspiracies. A very spooky show that got off to a creepy start with elaborate dialogues and not so bad effects, X files garnered a lot of praise for its serious unique plots.. One of the most influential shows of the twentieth century, what is even spookier is that paranoid, overly suspicious people mistake it for a documentary.
9. The Big Bang Theory
Another great American show, The Big Bang Theory is about four geeky socially awkward science nerds , who also happen to be brilliant physicists, and how their lives are changed when a hot waitress moves in next door. It is one of the best shows that deal with science, with very intelligent humor and educated and thoughtful characters. There’s Sheldon, the very intelligent Cal tech physicist, a Nobel prize craving and coitus avoiding geek who basically looks down upon his other coworkers. Leonard Hofstadter is the lucky physicist who gets to go out with penny .His equally nerdy coworkers; Raj and Howard crack the funniest jokes. Two more equally wacky and eccentric characters were added, Bernadette’, Howard’s fiancee and later wife, and Amy, Sheldon’s love interest. By the time most television series reach the sixth series, there’s a slump but the show’s gotten through six brilliant seasons. The show deals perfectly with the Star wars, Star Trek and superheroes obsession.
8. Grey’s Anatomy
Grey’s Anatomy is an american medical drama that premiered on ABC on march 27 2005.Featuring a stellar cast of actors like Katherine Heigl, Patrick Dempsey, Eric Dane, Sandra oh, Jesse Williams and many more, it went on for 9 seasons, and was renewed for a tenth season due to premiere in September. The show featured the personal and private lives of surgeons and their interns at the Seattle grace hospital.One of the distinct features of this show was the beautiful vistas of Seattle and the space needle that they showed in the beginning of each episode. One of the most popular medical dramas it was nominated for more than twenty five prime time Emmy awards and a golden globe.The cast is phenomenal, the writing is full of substance and the chemistry between the cast is something to watch. Each episode features humorous exchanges between the protagonists of the show and is filled with comedic gems.Some episodes will make you cry and some will make you laugh, so hold on tight when you watch this show, because it is like an amazing roller coaster ride of humor, romance, drama with a little mix of medicine.
Fringe is the perfect show for all those looking for a good dose of drama, thrill, mystery and action. The show is centered on the three characters, Olivia Dunham, Peter Bishop and Walter Bishop, members of fringe division team who investigate a series of unnatural or supernatural occurrences. Although the show received lukewarm reviews in the beginning, it gained more favorable reviews in the subsequent seasons and has gained a cult following. What this show does it is, it takes the usually boring, done to death, concept of unexplained ghostly phenomena and turns into an intriguing and gripping premise. It ends up making you wonder about some of these concepts. The cast is great, the story is very interesting, the concept is thoughtful and creative, it keeps you going. A perfect blend of science, humor, action and a little paranoia.
6. The Twilight Zone
One of the most iconic and legendary shows of the twentieth century, The Twilight Zone has become one of the greatest dramas of all times. It has been referenced to in numerous, movies and television shows, spanned off a series of spin offs, comic books, radio series and magazine. The show centered on ordinary people who somehow found themselves in extraordinary or unusual situations. The cast was one of the most talented of all times, especially Rod Serling who maneuvered, directed and created the show. He expertly blended different tales of aliens, ghosts, monsters and the unknown with stories of people in bizarre situations. As a television show, it went way above and beyond in handling different plots, some of them ending up being quite iconic. What is iconic is that Rod Serling used the show to confront numerous political issues and social concerns in an abiding concern for humanity.
5. House MD
An incredibly charismatic, controversial doctor who leaves no stone unturned to solve cases and trusts no one, forms the basic premise of the medical television show, House MD. Played brilliantly by English actor, Hugh Laurie, who manages to get his American accent perfectly well, House MD is another brilliant show that features none of the old clichés or dumb writing. Every episode is thrilling and Hugh Laurie’s electrifying character is supported by an equally amazing cast. The show has the best writing I’ve seen in a long time, it is spontaneous, witty and absurdly humorous. Leave out all the medical stuff and watch this show purely for Hugh Laurie’s character, Gregory House who is a misanthropic, scathingly honest, egoistical jerk who has sudden flashes of epiphanies when it comes to curing his patients. Once he convinced, he ignores the rest of his team, often deriding them or being horribly sarcastic .One of the best medical dramas of recent years.
With boring, unfunny and over the top, trying too hard to be controversial, shows like Family Guy and the Cleveland show clogging our television sets, Futurama was a refreshing change for all those looking for an adult animated show. Created by Matt Groening, the creator of the iconic show, The Simpsons, Futurama follows the exploits of fry, a pizza delivery boy who is frozen in the year 1999 and finds himself in the year 3000 amidst some wacky and just plain crazy characters, like Dr. Zoidberg, Professor Farnsworth, the hilarious robot bender, who frankly has some of the best lines in the show, and Leela, fry’s love interest. The future settings are crazy and a number of other eccentric characters make an appearance. The episodes are uplifting, creative and hilariously funny, one particular episode concerning fry’s dog will leave you in tears. Futurama is witty, silly, goofy, funny and perfect for the whole family.
3. Breaking Bad
Breaking bad, which is presently being touted as one of the greatest television shows of all time is a show about a chemistry teacher who turns to selling the world’s purest crystal meth, after being diagnosed with an inoperable form of lung cancer. Joining hands with an ex student, Jesse Pinkman, Walter White goes on a mission to secure his family’s financial future. Walter White, the desperate gangsta nerd, has become synonymous with that of a legend. The show has got everyone raving, it is intense and gripping, leaves you on the edge of your seat and it’ll tear you up between scorn and pity for the main character. A perfect, amazing and unique mix of dark comedy, moral conflicts and wacky adventures in a series of unusual and nail biting twists and turns
2. Doctor Who
Another iconic and perhaps the longest running show on TV, Doctor Who is a British science fiction show following the adventures of a titular time lord, a time travelling humanoid alien known as the doctor who explores the universe in a TARDIS, the distinctive blue time travelling telephone booth. It is iconic in the sense that it features an open ended format with different doctors, coming in every couple of seasons who along with their counterparts, save mankind, human civilization and help ordinary people. Each season has been considered a masterpiece and the show is one of Britain’s’ finest television shows with great intellectual writing, intriguing science fiction and all round brilliantly witty episodes. Another show that has garnered a cult following and made the blue telephone booth, iconic.
1. Star Trek
The granddaddy of all television shows, let alone science or science fiction, Star trek is the quintessential, iconic, legendary, classical and archetypal television show that has spanned so many obsessed fans and launched a number of legendary actors like William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols, George Takei and many more. Cult is not even the right word to describe this show, rather a phenomena, an obsession with fans calling themselves trekkies of trekkers. The show is set in the Milky Way galaxy where captain Kirk and his first officer Spock, in their shiny, iconic star ship USS Enterprise go about on a series of missions with a diverse and complex crew. I can’t write what already has been writing about star trek. May the fourth be with you!