Breaking Bad is also striking for sketching out a world that although dark, is morally ordered. In contrast, many other critically acclaimed dramas are essentially amoral. They tend to depict moral considerations as either irrelevant or simplistic, suggesting that life is too complicated to be constrained into categories of “good” and “bad.” When they do show human shortcomings, they’re often explained as the product of social construction. ButBreaking Bad refuses to treat its characters with condescension. The well-educated Walt, the high school dropout drug peddler, and everyone in between are portrayed as moral beings—not exclusively as the products of their backgrounds.
I should clarify that I am an atheist, but I thought this was a perspective worth sharing.