But in the days after "Breaking Bad" ended, people kept asking me: What should we watch now?
I kept saying "The Good Wife," the CBS drama in its fifth season. Go back and watch those first four seasons, via DVD or Hulu Plus, and you'll be rewarded with hours of involving storytelling, sharp characters and powerful performances.
Yet "The Good Wife" is often overlooked in this new golden age for drama. Neither the series nor its star, Julianna Margulies, received Emmy nominations this year, both bizarre omissions. And watching can be a chore during football season because the start time often can be delayed or uncertain. The show's designated start time is 9 p.m. Sunday.
I think "The Good Wife" may not get the love that trendier series do because it's about office politics among well-to-do characters. My comeback: Don't ignore them because they're wealthy, confident and often abrasive. This show, like "L.A. Law" and "Boston Legal" before it, makes office politics fascinating. This Sunday's episode is "The Good Wife" at its peak on that issue.
Attorney Alicia Florrick (Margulies) will depart Lockhart/Gardner, the law firm where she thrived, with fireworks, putdowns and anguish.
There are many reasons to follow Alicia, beyond Margulies' sterling performance. "The Good Wife" is the best series to catch guest actors these days. Michael J. Fox and Nathan Lane have done remarkable work on the drama. Other standouts include Chris Noth (as Alicia's husband), Amanda Peet, Dylan Baker, Martha Plimpton, Carrie Preston, Gary Cole, Rita Wilson and Stockard Channing (as Alicia's mother). But any fan will cite other names.
Some viewers may mistakenly believe "The Good Wife" is old-fashioned, but no other series delves into modern media and the Internet with such intelligence and bravura. A recent episode illustrated NSA spying with insight and humor. "The Good Wife" also has a memorable way of handling sex scenes. (Just ask fans.) Stuffy, it's not.
And with "The Good Wife" you get more episodes (22) each year than you do from the favorites of cable. On "The Good Wife," quantity doesn't mean a slide in quality. This remains the best drama on broadcast TV.
"The Good Wife" is the superb melding of cast and writing. Archie Panjabi won an Emmy as the mysterious investigator Kalinda Sharma, who keeps viewers guessing. Christine Baranski does imperious as well as poignant as Diane Lockhart. (The Baranski glare is formidable, frightening and fun.) Josh Charles smolders as Will Gardner, and the actor has his finest episode yet this weekend. Matt Czuchry has pulled off a deft maturing act as the increasingly dashing Cary Agos (the actor gives "Gilmore Girls" fans a reason to tune in).
The most important players, however, are series creators Michelle King and Robert King. They found a skillful way to balance the case of the week with the private lives of the regular characters to present a fresh, adult legal series.
The show remains consistent, stylish and intelligent -- qualities in short supply on television. With all it has going for it, "The Good Wife" is TV's most underrated drama.