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Posted: April 27, 2020, 9:02 AM Post
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Question. Do I have to have watched Breaking Bad to watch Better Call Saul?


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Posted: April 27, 2020, 9:14 AM Post
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RoCoBrewfan said:
Question. Do I have to have watched Breaking Bad to watch Better Call Saul?


I haven't watched BCS but since it's a prequel it might be better to watch it before Breaking Bad.

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Posted: April 27, 2020, 9:27 AM Post
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Question. Do I have to have watched Breaking Bad to watch Better Call Saul?



For the most part, no. You could definitely watch Better Call Saul before Breaking Bad.

However, there will also be characters and other things that you could understand MUCH better if you saw Breaking Bad first. That's just my opinion, though.

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Posted: April 27, 2020, 9:39 AM Post
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I would also add that, at least for me, having seen Breaking Bad adds some intensity to some scenes that involve characters that *aren't* in Breaking Bad because you know they're not around anymore, one way or another.


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My wife and I are finally binging The Wire. We have HBO, but just so everyone knows, a bunch of their shows are free right now online.


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My wife and I are finally binging The Wire. We have HBO, but just so everyone knows, a bunch of their shows are free right now online.


The Wire has been on my to do list for ages, have just never gotten around to seeing it... So HBO is currently free?

Also, another oldie but goodie is Boston Legal.

William Shatner and James Spader are just excellent in this show. They just feed off each other in so many ways.

I have been watching 2 episodes at night before bed, and I can't get enough. I bought the entire series on dvd several years ago, but have just got around to plugging it in. It is just awesome.

I did watch it live when it originally aired, but I appreciate it now even more.

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thebruce44 said:
My wife and I are finally binging The Wire. We have HBO, but just so everyone knows, a bunch of their shows are free right now online.


The Wire has been on my to do list for ages, have just never gotten around to seeing it... So HBO is currently free?


No, a selection of HBO shows are free. Here is a link: https://www.hbo.com/hbo-news/watch-hbo- ... bscription

My wife and I also enjoyed Big Little Lies- it was pretty intense. We plan to watch Sopranos next.


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Posted: April 27, 2020, 6:06 PM Post
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turborickey said:
thebruce44 said:
My wife and I are finally binging The Wire. We have HBO, but just so everyone knows, a bunch of their shows are free right now online.


The Wire has been on my to do list for ages, have just never gotten around to seeing it... So HBO is currently free?


No, a selection of HBO shows are free. Here is a link: https://www.hbo.com/hbo-news/watch-hbo- ... bscription

My wife and I also enjoyed Big Little Lies- it was pretty intense. We plan to watch Sopranos next.


LOVED Sopranos... One of my favorite shows of all time!

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Posted: April 27, 2020, 10:21 PM Post
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thebruce44 said:
turborickey said:
thebruce44 said:
My wife and I are finally binging The Wire. We have HBO, but just so everyone knows, a bunch of their shows are free right now online.


The Wire has been on my to do list for ages, have just never gotten around to seeing it... So HBO is currently free?


No, a selection of HBO shows are free. Here is a link: https://www.hbo.com/hbo-news/watch-hbo- ... bscription

My wife and I also enjoyed Big Little Lies- it was pretty intense. We plan to watch Sopranos next.

McMillions is worth a watch, I think it's only 6 episodes and I binged it in one sitting. Documentary about an FBI investigation surrounding the McDonald's Monopoly promotion and how a group of people, loosely associated but all under one major insider con man, chose who would win the million dollar prizes for over a decade. Wanna say from the late 80s to early 2000s. Fascinating stuff.


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I just binged Castlevania on Netflix, and I was really entertained. The amount of gore and body parts might be a turn off to some people, but the story telling is actually really well done, and yeah, it's another "Dracula is kind of a sympathetic character, in a way, if you look at it in a certain light" story, but there's enough going on to make it worth watching. Unlike a lot of Netflix originals, it's got a nice pacing to it, and it doesn't drag with a lot of unnecessary exposition to lengthen the seasons. Worth watching if you don't mind a lot of semi-realistic cartoon gore and gratuitous F-Bombs.


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Question. Do I have to have watched Breaking Bad to watch Better Call Saul?

There are some flash forward scenes that you won't understand but I might even recommend BCS before Breaking Bad so you don't know who lives, dies or will not appear in Breaking Bad.


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Posted: April 29, 2020, 7:33 AM Post
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RoCoBrewfan said:
Question. Do I have to have watched Breaking Bad to watch Better Call Saul?

There are some flash forward scenes that you won't understand but I might even recommend BCS before Breaking Bad so you don't know who lives, dies or will not appear in Breaking Bad.

I'm torn because I think they play off of that knowledge as well, but I think you could watch them in either order really. It'll form some interesting discussion once there are people that have watched it in chronological order to see if they feel like they missed anything watching it that way.


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BCS is set up to watch after Breaking Bad. I think you could do it either way, but since Breaking Bad was over before BCS started, I'd watch Breaking Bad first.

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The Wire is also "free" on Prime Video, for those of you who have it. I've never had HBO, so finally watched it on Prime last year. If you haven't seen it, put it to the top of the list. Argument can be made that it's the best drama series ever.


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Showtime and EPIX had a couple weeks of free channels, all of their channels were free with cable. I recorded a bunch of movies to watch at a later date.

I am surprised that HBO and Cinemax haven't followed suit. Cheap SOBs.

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Showtime and EPIX had a couple weeks of free channels, all of their channels were free with cable. I recorded a bunch of movies to watch at a later date.

I am surprised that HBO and Cinemax haven't followed suit. Cheap SOBs.


HBO is doing a free thing though not on cable that I know of.

https://help.hbonow.com/Answer/Detail/703

You will have to use the HBO app or go to HBOnow on your desktop to watch these for free:

Series (all seasons, all episodes)
Ballers
Barry
Big Little Lies
Silicon Valley
Six Feet Under
The Sopranos
Succession
True Blood
Veep
The Wire

Documentaries
The Apollo
The Case Against Adnan Syed
Elvis Presley: The Searcher
I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth Vs. Michelle Carter
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
McMillion$
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
United Skates
We are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest

Warner Bros. Movies
Arthur
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Blinded By the Light
The Bridges of Madison County
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Empire of the Sun
Forget Paris
Happy Feet Two
Isn't it Romantic
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
Midnight Special
My Dog Skip
Nancy Drew And The Hidden Staircase
Pan
Red Riding Hood
Smallfoot
Storks
Sucker Punch
Unknown


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Posted: April 30, 2020, 11:11 AM Post
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Question. Do I have to have watched Breaking Bad to watch Better Call Saul?

If you're asking because you don't want to watch Breaking Bad at all, ever, then no, you don't have to watch Breaking Bad in order to understand Better Call Saul.

But if you intend to watch both shows I'd recommend watching Breaking Bad first.

Mainly because the characters in Better Call Saul aren't as in the forefront of the story in Breaking Bad so you'll come off watching Better Call Saul only to see the characters you grew to know really well on that show be pushed off to the side in Breaking Bad. Not that they aren't important, they're just not the focus. I just think it would be awkward to watch it that way.


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Bosch on Amazon Prime is a good one if you like a slow burn detective show.

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Bosch on Amazon Prime is a good one if you like a slow burn detective show.


Seconded. Bosch is pretty darn good.

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Bosch is solid, always look forward to it.

Also, final season of Homeland just completed. Showtime is offering a free 30 day trial, so I'm going to binge that next. Not as good as the first few seasons, but I still enjoy it.


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