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Alyssa Rosenberg (The Washington Post) and Scott Meslow (The Week)

On Critic Proof, Alyssa and Scott dissect the shocking Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias” (contains spoilers). Why are some viewers still rooting for Walter White? They compare Skyler with Carmella Soprano, and Breaking Bad and The Sopranos more generally. What will the show’s ending say about Breaking Bad‘s moral universe? Moving on to the new TV season, Alyssa and Scott eviscerate Dads but are optimistic about Brooklyn Nine-Nine. They discuss whether Masters of Sex represents an evolution of the prestige drama, and close by offering some recommendations for other new shows to watch.

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Recorded:Sep 18    Posted:Sep 19, 2013
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Critic Proof | Sep 19, 2013 | Alyssa Rosenberg & Scott Meslow

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