Unless you live under a rock you know that one of the most talked-about shows in television history had its curtain call Sunday night. Breaking Bad came to a glorious conclusion, capping off one of the greatest television shows of all time.
It’s crazy to think that there were rumors of the show’s cancellation at one time, but Breaking Bad slowly picked up steam until talk about the final season on social media platforms reached critical mass – try to look at your newsfeed without seeing some kind of discussion about the final episode (and watch out for spoilers).
But now that Breaking Bad is officially over, what show will take its place? We’re not talking about just any popular show. A show that can rival Breaking Bad for its popularity as well as its across-the-board talent will be hard to find. Here’s a few candidates for taking up the mantle of must-see shows that all of your friends will be talking about:
Eastbound & Down
It’s no coincidence that the first episode of season 4 of Eastbound came right after the ending of Breaking Bad. Though Eastbound is obviously quite different from the mostly serious Breaking Bad, the writing is superb and Danny McBride is hilarious as journeyman relief pitcher turned regular guy Kenny Powers. This is the final season of the series, so borrow a friend’s DVD set and burn through the first three seasons. Airs every Sunday at 10:00 PM.
No doubt most Charlotteans are at least familiar with the Showtime series that’s filmed here in our hometown. The show revolves around Carrie Mathison, a bi-polar CIA officer who suspects that a returning war hero may secretly be a member of Al Qaeda and makes every effort to expose him. Since it began filming in 2011, Homeland has received relatively great reviews from critics, Ratings have been stellar. Season 3 premiered last night and airs every Sunday at 9:00 PM.
House of Cards
There are many Netflix original series that are worth watching, but House of Cards was the first (and still the best, though Orange is the New Black is certainly up there). Starring Kevin Spacey as House Majority Whip Francis Underwood (D-SC), the show revolves around Underwood being passed up for his initially promised role of Secretary of State and his desire to exact revenge on those who deceived him. The show received a lot of hype for its directing credits (Social Network director David Fincher was at the helm for the first two episodes in addition to being an executive producer alongside Spacey). The strength of the cast and its new format – a whole season of the show is released altogether, giving viewers the option to watch at their leisure – may make this the next series that everyone feels the need to watch. Season 2 is slated for Spring 2014.
The Walking Dead
Much like House of Cards, The Walking Dead belongs to a packed roster of AMC shows that are all worthy of your time (Mad Men, Hell on Wheels, The Killing, and newcomer Low Winter Sun). Chances are you’ve already heard of this show as it has quite a large following. Based on the comic book by Robert Kirkman, Tony Moore and Charlie Adlard, the series stars Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes, a deputy sheriff who wakes from a coma to find himself a part of a post-apocalyptic world that is inhabited by zombies. Grimes travels around with a group of survivors (including fan favorite Daryl, played by Norman Reedus) looking for safe refuge and often coming into contact with the flesh-eating zombies. Though there have been struggles in-house about the direction the show should take (Scott Gimple is replacing Glen Mazzara as Showrunner for season 4), reviews of each season have been generally favorable, with the season 3 finale reaching 12.4 million viewers, the highest ratings in the history of cable (though last night’s Breaking Bad finale well may have beaten it). Season 4 begins on Sunday, October 13 at 9:00 PM.
Think there’s another show that deserves to be mentioned alongside these four? Leave your opinions in the comments below!