This is a good place to note that I limit this list to no more than one episode per show. If not, there might be nothing but Louie, Parks and Recreation and America's favorite crystal-meth drama. Breaking Bad could have been selected for half its season: the knife-edge (cough) tension of "Box Cutter," the humanizing Gus Fring flashback in "Hermanos," the cat-and-mouse game and gut-punch final moments of finale "Face-Off." But when I look back on its season, the first thing I see is the bloodcurdling image of Walter White lying in the dust, laughing maniacally as he senses his and his family's doom Walt, shot from above, literally at his lowest. This episode kicked off the final struggle between Walt and Gus, which Walt won only at a terrible moral price. Breaking Bad has always been a show that tells its story through astonishing visuals, and that particular one said it all: Walter White is going to hell.