Breaking Bad and the advent of television.

As Breaking Bad soon comes to a close and Mad Men ends in 2014, I have to wonder if this marks the end of the golden age of television. Since 1999, we’ve been treated to numerous culture-defining television that have shaped television as we know it.

  • The Sopranos – 1999- 2006
  • Six Feet Under – 2001 – 2005
  • The Wire – 2002 – 2008
  • Carnivale – 2003 – 2005
  • Deadwood – 2004 – 2006
  • Mad Men – 2007 – 2014
  • Breaking Bad – 2008 – 2013

While there do seem to be several solid shows still on the horizon such as Person of Interest and Looper (Idris Elba, anyone?), there doesn’t seem any other pop culture-defining shows on the horizon. While television has certainly enjoyed itself a golden age, I have to say that I would be disappointed if this marks the end of the quality television we’ve come to expect.

Does the end of Walt’s empire and Don Draper’s troubles mean the end of television as we know it? Voice your thoughts in the comments below.