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BREAKING BAD
July 29, 2012  | By David Bianculli

AMC, 10:00 p.m. ET

 
Last week’s opening of this season’s second episode, with its German-language scene set inside a food-science manufacturing laboratory, was a marvel of singularly different and daring TV writing. (Thanks, Vince Gilligan!) And by the end of that episode, a major new character (Lydia, played by Laura Fraser, right), and new motivations and conflicts, had been established, setting the stage for tonight’s hour. Which, by the way, is the first of this season’s batch that I wasn’t sent in advance, so I’ll be watching just as eagerly, and nervously, as you. Against the best drama on TV, the Olympics can wait.
 
 
 
 
 
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"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

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