re: Breaking Bad -- great show, but seriously...how long can anyone realistically expect these guys could keep getting away with what they're doing? The last thing I want to see is the show becoming a parody of itself. I fully expect a "non-happy" ending, lol.
re: Sons -- kind of the same deal for me. But on this one, I lost interest early on. The premise of a biker gang eluding the slammer (for life) like they were just wasn't realistic enough for me. I know it's TV and all, but these are the kinds of shows that try to weave some kind of "this is plausible" into the story lines.
Weeds? It absolutely became a joke as it was so far-fetched after a while.
Personally, I've always the realism of Star Trek
. Well, that and the Road Runner and the Coyote.
I don't have any "realism" expectations of a sci-fi series or a cartoon, lol. But a show about a chemistry teacher who finds he's terminally ill and thinks up a plan to provide for his family based upon his knowledge of the subject matter? Hey -- some dude was just busted for that in real life (although there probably wasn't the mitigating terminal illness involved).
I'm just not a fan of the deus ex machina
approach to story lines in shows where there is some attempt made to make them appear otherwise plausible in present-day life. If it's a sci-fi program's starship warping in at the last second to save the day, that's another story. Or if roadrunners can outrun coyotes (they can't) and coyotes can amazingly reincarnate after being hit by a fallen safe or anvil in a cartoon, etc., that's pure fantasy, and I'm down with that.
On the other hand, if I'm watching an episode of Law and Order and some guy's head gets blown off and doctors reconstruct and re-attach it and he lives, that's outside the realm of reason -- entertainment or otherwise. If it's a horror movie and somehow that happens, that's entertainment.
Obviously there's always some element of belief suspension in fictional entertainment. Depending on the type of story, though, it needs to be handled with care. Having miraculous circumstances occur just to prolong a series gets pretty lame. Don't know how else to explain it.
But, to each his own. That's what makes the world go 'round.