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    AMC marks ‘Breaking Bad’ birthday with marathon

    Bryan Cranston (left) and Aaron Paul in “Breaking Bad.”
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    Bryan Cranston (left) and Aaron Paul in “Breaking Bad.”

    Picture a plate of diner eggs and home fries, with the number 10 written in bacon instead of 52.

    Yup, the 10th birthday of the premiere of “Breaking Bad” is coming next month; the AMC show, one of TV’s best ever, began on Jan. 20, 2008.

    To mark the occasion, AMC is going to reair all 62 episodes of the drama that saw Mr. Chips become Scarface. The marathon will start on Dec. 31, and it will continue every weekend through January, finishing up on Jan. 29.


    A number of very fine dramas have premiered in the decade since “Breaking Bad” showed up, but I don’t think any of them — “Fargo,” “Game of Thrones” — can match Vince Gilligan’s tense portrait of a man in flux for pure originality, masterful cinematography, precise storytelling, and revelatory acting. (Important note: “Mad Men” premiered in 2007.)