Breaking Bad returns this weekend for its final 8-episode run this weekend. You can find an answer to why the show has joined the pantheon of greats including The Sopranos, The Wire, Mad Men and more in TV’s current Golden Age, in Brett Martin’ s new book, Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution. Brooke talks to Martin about how we ended up in this TV renaissance.
How have channels like HBO, FX, and AMC helped television become a significant and influential part of our culture? Writer-show runners created shows with not-always-likable characters, plots that didn’t wrap up neatly every episode, or subjects deemed safe and appropriate.