Breaking Bad

AMC (ended 2013)
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  • Bryan Cranston (Malcolm in the Middle) stars in this drama focused on a mid-life crisis gone bad for an underachieving high school chemistry teacher who becomes a drug dealer after discovering he has lung cancer. With a new sense of fearlessness based on his medical prognosis, and a desire to gain financial security for his family, Walter White joins forces with an old student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), in a quest that follows their entry into a dangerous world of drugs and crime. Breaking Bad is produced by High Bridge Productions, Inc. and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC Television. Filming takes place in New Mexico. Breaking Bad has won 16 major category Primetime Emmy Awards from 2008-2014, despite not qualifying for awards in 2011. Most notably, Bryan Cranston has won for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times (2008-2010, 2014) during the series' run. Aaron Paul won for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times (2010, 2012, 2014). In 2012, he beat fan favorite Giancarlo Esposito in the same nomination category. Anna Gunn won for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series twice (2013, 2014). The show also picked up the Outstanding Drama Series award in 2013 and 2014. The show has 98 critical wins and 168 nominations in total. Critics have largely agreed that Breaking Bad was generally one of the best shows on television, praised for its acting, writing, directing, cinematography, and feature content. By the end of the series, the producing team consists of Vince Gilligan, Mark Johnson, Michelle MacLaren, Melissa Bernstein, Sam Catlin, Peter Gould, George Mastras, Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett, Bryan Cranston, Diane Mercer and Stewart Lyons.moreless

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  • S 5 : Ep 16


    Aired 9/29/13

  • S 5 : Ep 15

    Granite State

    Aired 9/22/13

  • S 5 : Ep 14


    Aired 9/15/13

  • S 5 : Ep 13


    Aired 9/8/13

  • S 5 : Ep 12

    Rabid Dog

    Aired 9/1/13

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bryan Cranston

    Walter White

  • Aaron Paul

    Jesse Pinkman

  • Anna Gunn

    Skyler White

  • Betsy Brandt

    Marie Schrader

  • Dean Norris

    Hank Schrader

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (177)

    • Walter: Chemisty, it is the study of what?...Ben Ben: Chemicals? Walter: Chemistry is, well technically, chemistry is the study of matter. But I prefer to see it as the study of change.

    • Jesse: (to Walt) Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, age what? Sixty? He's just gonna break bad?

    • (Walt gets handed a gun) Walt: This is heavy. Hank: (Referring to the police force) That's why they hire men.

    • (Walt is washing his student's car) Chad: Hey, Mr. White! Make those tires shine. Ha! (Takes a photo of Walt washing the wheels) Female student: (on the phone) Oh my god! You won't believe who's cleaning Chad's car.

    • (referring to Walt's penis) Skyler: What is going on down there? Is he asleep?

    • Walt Jr.: So, how does it feel to be old? Walter: How does it feel to be a smart ass? Walt Jr.: Good!

    • (To Skyler who starts questioning him on his aberrant behavior after he ultrasound) Walt: I haven't been myself lately, but I love you. Nothing about that has changed, nothing ever will. So right now, what I need, is for you to climb down out of my ass. Can you do that? Will you do that for me, honey? Will you please, just once, get off my ass? I'd appreciate it. I really would.

    • Walter: Look, you skipped, clowned around or otherwise jerked off to every lecture I ever gave. As far as I'm concerned your chemistry education is over. Jesse: Oh, OK, be a dick about it.

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    Notes (143)

    • Featured Music:
      "Come on Home and Have Your Next Affair With Me" by Stonewall Jackson
      "Dirty South Hustla" by Carolina Slim
      "Tamacun" by Rodrigo y Gabriela
      "Mango Walk" by The In-Crowd
      "Dead Fingers" by Working for a Nuclear Free City
      "A Gosar" by SDK (feat. Tori Papa)
      "Get Low" by Pudge
      "Apocalypsh*t" by Molotov
      "Out of Time Man" by Mick Harvey

    • Original International Air Dates: United Kingdom: September 28, 2008 on FX Czech Republic: January 14, 2011 on Nova Cinema

    • Awards and Nominations:  2008 - Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series (won) 2008 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Cinematography for a One-Hour Series (nominated) 2008 – Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series (nominated)

    • Bryan Cranston studied real chemistry procedures, items, methods, etc via a professor at USC (University of Southern California) for Breaking Bad. As such he had to call the writers to correct some mistakes in scripts.

    • An actual DEA agent was brought on board to show the actors/crew how to make crystal meth.

    • Filming Location: Albuquerque, NM

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: January 21, 2011 on Nova Cinema

    • Featured Music: "You're Movin' Me" by Clyde McPhatter "Keep Ballin'" by Trump "Nine Years" by Ticklah "The Hole" by Glen Phillips

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    Trivia (160)

    • In the original script to the pilot episode, Jesse's name was going to be 'Marion Alan Dupree,' and he was always going to be referred to as his last name.

    • Unlike the episode, Walt would never be able to actually ride-along with DEA agents. They have strict rules about this and civilians are not even able to enter the DEA cars.

    • Vince Gilligan admitted in a Season 4 episode podcast that the location of the show was supposed to be set in Riverside, California. The original pilot was filmed there but they learned of the incentive ABQ was giving out for production teams to film there. They ended up staying in ABQ.

    • Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris were interestingly also cast in "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006). This movie had a part when the family makes a sleep-over stop in Albuquerque. Both actors showed up in the movie at this point. Therefore, it's possible that they were already scouting or starting production on Breaking Bad as far back as 2005.

    • Casting: Bryan Cranston and Anna Gunn have both previously guest starred on Seinfield. Anna played one of Jerry's girlfriends while Bryan was the infamous dentist Dr. Tim Whatley.

    • The chemical formula shown in the intros, C10H15N (149.24 molecular weight), is the real formula for methamphetamine.

    • A plaque on the wall of Walt's home says he did research in proton radiography in 1985 that contributed to someone's Nobel Prize win. According to the Nobel Prize website, the winners in 1985 for Chemistry were Herbert Hauptman and Jerome Karle who won for their development of methods to determine crystal structures.

    • A critic argues that no real-world high school chemistry lab would stock such a large amount of hydrofluoric acid. It's often bought in small amounts (maybe one gallon maximum) and severely diluted for simple chemistry experiments. Also, Walt should know that a strong solution of sodium hydroxide (i.e. similar to lye or caustic soda) would be a better choice to dissolve the body because it would convert fat to soap which would wash away with water.

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    Allusions (29)

    • Jesse: You ain't Welcome Back, Kotter, so step off. No speeches.
      Welcome Back, Kotteris a television show about a former high school Sweathog that returns to his roots as a teacher. The title character, Gabe Kotter, reached out to the current Sweathogs to try and help them through their difficulties.

    • Title: The name of the episode, "Cat's In The Bag," is a reference to a line spoken in the movie Sweet Smell Of Success where a character is referring to a bad deed taken care of. Vince Gilligan, creator of this series, has said he believes that movie to be, for his money, the most quotable movie ever.

    • The titles of this episode and the previous one are an allusion to the line "The cat's in the bag, and the bag's in the river" from the 1957 movie Sweet Smell Of Success. The line refers to a bad deed taken care of. Show's creator Vince Gilligan has said that, for his money, the movie has the most quotable dialogue of any.

    • Hank: I'm Rain Man, counting his toothpicks. Referencing Rain Man (1988), which stars Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise.

    • Hank: "Hey, Sky, you got anymore chicken? Emeril here is gonna need a fresh pack. Bam!"
      Emeril is a chef with his own television series, Emeril Live. He is famously known for saying, "Bam!" when he is cooking.

    • Hank: This dude's like The Jeffersons- movin' on up.
      He is referring to the television show, The Jeffersons. The theme song to the show repeats the phrase, "Movin' on up" to describe the family's ascent to wealthy living.

    • Title: The episode's title alludes to The X-Files character The Smoking Man (C.G.B. Spender) who was often referred to as Cancer Man by Agent Mulder. Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan served as an executive producer on The X-Files and also wrote 30 episodes for the series.

    • Title: The episode's title refers to a component of the central nervous system. Crystal meth (the drug Walter produces) can destroy up to 11% of a person's gray matter over a prolonged period.

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  • Fan Reviews (210)
  • Best Crime drama

    By Manu85, Dec 26, 2015

  • Science B.

    By Hasanth, Dec 02, 2015


    By vaelh2005, Sep 13, 2015

  • The Bar has been set set for other shows to meet

    By heisenberg2104, Jul 01, 2015

  • A bit over rated but a great show.

    By DarkKai33, Aug 02, 2015