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.
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.
Terrific premise--a Western-themed amusement park populated by robotic hosts where guests can live out their fantasies. The show is ambitious--tackling lots (too many?) Big Questions and delivers visually stunning special effects. Like Game of Thrones, the series relies on production value to compensate for sub-par writing as the seasons move on.