AMC is the greatest cable network ever.
During the last year, I have become a Netflix AMC TV series junkie, thoroughly enjoying the hell out of three shows: Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead.
Mad Men is set at a Manhattan ad agency and takes a look at American life in the 60’s and how the characters struggle to balance work and home. We just finished watching season five and can’t wait for season 6 to start. We didn’t start watching it right away, but thank’s to Netflix we were able to catch up over a period of a couple months. (Warning: don’t watch this show if you are a former smoker).
Breaking Bad is about a terminal cancer patient who is a chemistry teacher turned crystal meth kingpin to pay his medical bills and leave cash for his family. The main character is the dad from Malcom in the Middle, he is transitioning from a meek high school teacher into Scarface. This show has been very addictive.
The most recent show on AMC we’ve started to watch is The Walking Dead, a zombie show. This is a post-apocolyptic show produced by Frank Darabont, who made one of my favorite films of all time Shawshank Redemption, as a cinematographer friend of mine put it; it is the perfect movie, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. I have high hope for this show and it’s already starting to draw me in.
Since becoming an addict to these three shows, the disks I get from Netflix are sitting on my coffee table collecting dust. It takes me a week or sometimes two to getting around to watching them. I wonder if cable TV series and mini-series are going to change the way movies are made and replace the standard 90 minute to 2 hour cinema experience somehow. The new series that just came out is Hatfields and McCoys, I have not watched it yet but plan to catch it on re-runs or hopefully it will pop up on Netflix or Amazon Streaming.
One of my favorite books of all time is American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I recently read that they plan on making a series out of it, this would great if done right as the book is way to intricate to do in a two hour movie. Can’t wait to see it. Keep up the good work AMC.