According to June Thomas at Slate, the hit U.S. show Breaking Bad barely got off the ground in England, attracting only 120,000 viewers on FX in its first airing. The most recent season 5 premiere in America, in comparison, brought in nearly 3 million.
What’s going on? Start with the show’s premise. For Brits, who have relied for decades on the National Health Service—where money never changes hands for medical care—the thought of someone turning to crime in order to pay for cancer treatment is more far-fetched than a body-switching time lord.
I knew the U.S. health care system was good for something.