I have to say, upon reflection Breaking Bad is now my official #1 TV show ever, having surpassed The Sopranos with these last 16 eps.
It surpassed "The Sopranos" long before that, m'friend.
"Breaking Bad" is superior to "The Sopranos" in every way. There's a TON of bad/cartoony acting, bad writing, inane plot-lines, and a few massive plot holes in "The Sopranos", which was pretty much a dead man walking after season 4, iirc. The Joey Pants season was just ok, and then it basically went to shit.
Chase just didn't know how to handle success or expectations. He tried to "film school" it to hide the simple fact that he ran out of story.
There was none of that in "Breaking Bad": it was tight, well-written, with "very good" to "downright epic" acting across the board. And it only got better as the seasons went on, with a relentless yet methodical "out of the frying pan into the fire" nature to the proceedings.
There was NONE of that kind of tension in "The Sopranos". Not even in the early days, I don't think, and definitely not in the last 4 seasons; you knew what was coming, who HAD to be killed, but they'd stop off and spend some time with Tony's family or some nonsensical side-nonsense.
"He's so out of touch and delusional that he doesn't realize his entire life is built around extravaganza." - Benjamen