Breaking Down “Breaking Bad”

Course will look at groundbreaking series' 'single narrative arc'
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February 26, 2014

Breaking Down “Breaking Bad”

University at Buffalo

Taught by SUNY Distinguished Professor and James Agee Professor of American Culture Bruce Jackson, also a filmmaker who served, in 1966, as a senior consultant on President Lyndon B. Johnson’s Crime Commission

Here’s how the course is described: “ ’Breaking Bad’ was one of the most spectacular narrative achievements in television. Its five seasons comprised some 60 hours of a single narrative arc, something no film or television program has ever accomplished. In this seminar, we’ll take a close look at all the components of the series; we’ll talk about what was done, how it was done, why it worked. There is one prerequisite: that members of the seminar have seen the series before the seminar’s first meeting. We’re going to be studying it, not greeting it.”