‘Breaking’ It Down


Which “Breaking” is badder: “Breaking Amish: LA,” in which Amish and Mennonite youth leave restrictive homes for licentious Los Angeles (10 p.m. Sundays on TLC), or “Breaking Bad,” in which cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher Walter White (Bryan Cranston, above left) cooks crystal meth to reap big bucks (final season starts 9 p.m. Sunday on AMC). Time for a showdown!

Carnal Matters

“Amish”: Matt, above right, confesses, “I was worried about drinking too much and impregnating a girl.”

“Bad”: Walter yells at his wife, “You can screw Ted, you can screw the butcher, the mailman, whoever you want!”

Risky Behavior

“Amish”: Betsy uses a camera even though the Amish “don’t believe in taking pictures.”

“Bad”: Walter tells a Mexican drug lord, “We tried to poison you because you are an insane, degenerate piece of filth and you deserve to die.”

Getting High

“Amish”: On a plane, Betsy says, “The highest I have been up before is the barn roof.”

“Bad”: Walter tells his sidekick, “You’ll just have to depend on the kindness of strangers to get high. That and your little junkie girlfriend.”

Verdict: “Breaking Amish” can’t touch the superbadness of “Breaking Bad.”


Marc Silver has been watching TV since the days when people wrapped aluminum foil around TV antennae to improve reception.



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