A good TV drama needs heroes and villains, romance, momentum, crackling dialog, and the occasional chase scene (gunplay optional). Which makes me wonder: why hasn't anyone ever built a series around the Underground Railroad? There were plenty of heroes, and even more villains; it's got all the high moral drama you could ever want, and thrills? Just read Bound for Canaan or Beyond the River if you want thrills. If Vince Gilligan is looking for something to do after Breaking Bad, I for one would pre-order the boxed set.
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