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Friends don’t let friends miss ‘Breaking Bad’

Thanae Sideropoulos can’t wait for Sunday night’s “Breaking Bad” finale. One of the show’s millions of fans? Hardly. The Simmons College nursing student just wants the pressure to stop. “My family is obsessed with it — they’re always telling me to watch.”

If there’s a downside to living in this Golden Age of television, it’s this: We’ve become a nation of televangelists, relentlessly badgering pals, loved ones, colleagues to tune into the shows we love. Friends don’t let friends miss “Breaking Bad.” Or “Homeland.” Or “Orange Is the New Black.” Or “Game of Thrones.” But what happens when they do? The groaning strains on the ties that bind become palpable.

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