When The Sopranos ended its six-season run in June 2007, the controversial final sequence -- no spoilers here, dear reader -- became the stuff of water cooler conversations everywhere. By the time Breaking Bad came to its own conclusion last September, the very nature of such conversations had changed: the water cooler was now the internet -- social media, blogs and the countless websites offering instant, blow-by-blow recaps -- and the participants spanned the globe. (The rise in television piracy in Australia is no doubt due in part to this fact; the desire to take part in the conversation as it happens means that even a fast-tracked, overnight wait can be too long for some people.) New York Magazine's Matt Zoller Seitz (@mattzollerseitz) has experienced this transformation first hand.

"The conversation surrounding television is probably the same size that it was 10 or 20 years ago," Seitz told Crikey. "But it's happening online, and people can talk to each other in different parts of the country instantaneously."