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<em>Breaking Bad</em> delivered the exact finale it promised, but was that enough?

Breaking Bad delivered the exact finale it promised, but was that enough?

Laurence BarberSep 30, 201310 Comments

Tonight marked the end of Breaking Bad, one of the most acclaimed television shows of the last decade. But was "Felina" the series finale of a show which too simplistically forewent broader cultural impact in favour of safer narrative closure?

Desert island: how <em>Breaking Bad</em> became the next <em>Lost</em>

Desert island: how Breaking Bad became the next Lost

Jack ReedAug 27, 20133 Comments

Game of Thrones is the dominant genre show of the moment. But with more science fiction and fantasy adaptations on the way, guest blogger Jack Reed asks where we turn for the imaginative mystery and unpredictability that The X-Files and Lost once gave us. Surprisingly, it's to a dark drama about a family man cooking crystal meth.

Watch this show: the meditative and beautiful <em>Rectify</em>

Watch this show: the meditative and beautiful Rectify

Laurence BarberMay 12, 20131 Comment

This quiet drama, following a death row inmate and his family after his release from prison, is one of TV's little-seen best.

<em>House of Cards</em> indeed: does the 'Netflix model' diminish television as art?

House of Cards indeed: does the 'Netflix model' diminish television as art?

Laurence BarberApr 21, 201312 Comments

Many have claimed that House of Cards will revolutionise TV, but it has all but faded from cultural consciousness before its season would have even ended had it aired in the traditional weekly manner. Is the streaming service creating a television landscape in which the forgettable is supreme and the supreme goes unseen?

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