Breaking Bad enters Guinness Book of Records as highest rated TV show

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Breaking Bad has (ahem) ‘broken’ into the Guinness Book of Records 2014 as the highest rated TV series. As Hollywood continues to wallow in a lowest common denominator morass of adaptations, comic book heroes, mindless action and derivative nonsense, television has taken up the mantle for quality writing, acting and penetrating depth. Breaking Bad follows the likes of The Wire, The Sopranos and Mad Men into ground breaking, quality drama and has been rightly recognised for its contribution to the arts. Walter White, the antihero star of the show has ridden a juddering juggernaut of black humour, gritty thematics and vast quantities of crystal meth into critics’ hearts worldwide.

After pooling reviews from around the world, website metacritic.com awarded the AMC drama, made by Sony, a metascore of 99 out of 100, effectively averaging out a broad range of critical ratings into one definitive score. Last year’s winner, Downton Abbey romped home with a metascore of 92, but two more different takes on reality can scarcely be imagined.

Breaking Bad is currently in its fifth and final series, hurtling towards its highly anticipated finale.

The delightfully barmy Betty White also secured her place in the record books as she was awarded the Guinness World Record for “Longest TV Career for an Entertainer (Female)”. The inimitable Bruce Forsyth scooped the male equivalent and both have been in the entertainment business for a whopping 74 years. Betty White, at the age of 91 described that despite once having wanted to be a zookeeper, "I have no regrets at all. None. I consider myself to be the luckiest old broad on two feet."

Other winners were the presumably far less timeless Justin Bieber, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Rhianna, who won the Most Liked Person on Facebook award. Apparently that is a real award these days!

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