Sunday night will be a stressful time for television fans: they will have to make a decision between watching Breaking Bad and watching the Emmys. For some this may be an obvious decision—see these television critics declaring that Breaking Bad takes precedence—but assuming you weigh both experience equally it's quite a predicament. Don't worry. We'll walk you through it.
Why you should watch Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad is likely the clear favorite for most people, and really it's a good choice. You want to see what happens to Walt following his crazed phone call to Skyler as soon as possible. The Emmys, on a whole, are a rather silly affair, which often don't honor the best series. Hell, Breaking Bad hasn't even won a trophy yet for best drama series. Whereas the Emmys often don't reward what's of the cultural moment, Breaking Bad really is the cultural moment right now. No one's going to be tweeting about a Neil Patrick Harris skit when stuff is really going down with Walt. Please. Even if Breaking Bad is actually going to win the big drama trophy you can probably head back to the Emmys broadcast in time to see them collect.
Why you should watch the Emmys
We almost convinced ourselves that Breaking Bad is for sure the way to go, but there are some caveats. First off, you're probably going to be watching the Emmys to begin with: they start at 8 p.m. (Giuliana Rancic is probably at the Nokia Theatre right now starting E!'s red carpet coverage), so there's a good chance you might just get sucked in and not want to leave. If you're not watching an awards show live, what's the point of watching? There's something nice about the immediacy of watching an awards show as it happens, especially in the days of DVR.
Why you should watch the Dexter finale
If you're still watching Dexter, you should probably just watch the season finale, which is on at 9 p.m. You do you, loyal Dexter fans.
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