Man is diagnosed with incurable lung cancer. Man, faced with crushing medical expenses that his insurance won't cover, turns to cooking methamphetamine and builds himself a drug empire. Man buys a hat, yells at his handsome partner a lot and uses hydrofluoric acid to dissolve a bunch of dead bodies in plastic bins.
"Breaking Bad": Only in America!
Here's why the premise of the show really only works in the United States and not other wealthy nations, as articulated (and illustrated in a five-panel comic strip) by writer and artist Christopher Keelty:
One thing that really interests me about the show is how it juxtaposes two of America’s most catastrophic policy failures: The for-profit health care industry and the failed War on Drugs, which has created a black market that makes the manufacture and sale of illegal drugs incredibly profitable.
I got to thinking how uniquely American the show is, and that led to this comic strip.