A high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with terminal cancer and begins producing meth to support his family. Walter White's descent into evil earns him a spot on the Mount Rushmore of TV criminals (between Omar Little and Tony Soprano). The show hit the trifecta of outstanding writing, characterization, and acting and sustained its quality through five seasons.
An explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in 1986 threatens unthinkable horror. The reactor meltdown provides the backdrop, but the real story is the Soviet government's attempt to minimize the disaster. And how a few brave scientists and government officials try to avert catastrophe.
It's true the quality of storytelling slipped once the showrunners pulled ahead of George R.R. Martin's books. But the first five seasons were some of the most powerful television ever made, and even the last three seasons dazzled with special effects and world-class cinematography.
This period gangster series is better than Boardwalk Empire and approaches the Sopranos The Shelby brothers return from the First World War to build their criminal empire in Birmingham. The attention to period detail is meticulous and the Shelby's Romany gypsy background is a fresh twist on the Italian mafia. Do not miss.