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.

Bryan Cranston

Bryan Cranston

Walter White

Aaron Paul

Aaron Paul

Jesse Pinkman

Anna Gunn

Anna Gunn

Skyler White

Betsy Brandt

Betsy Brandt

Marie Schrader

Dean Norris

Dean Norris

Hank Schrader

RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte

Walter White Jr.

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Fan Reviews (207)

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

    Breaking Bad has set a standard for other dramas to meet, pure and simple. Negative reviews say that episodes were slow or boring but what they miss was that those episodes were REAL. Those episodes showed real life and how drama really plays out. Life is not constant gun play play and explosions,

    In Vietnam, the Land of BAD THINGS, our Marines were not constantly blown away. It was long stretches of silence and waiting for action that explained the rest of their lives.

    This is the same of BB.

    This the genius and madness of Breaking Bad.

    The slow but real descent from every day but under appreciated utilized and mind of Walter White to Heisenberg. It plays out like any great Greek tragedy.

    Other great shows like The Wire, The Shield, The Sopranos show this but Breaking Bad excels in this. And now Better Call Saul is extending the story. I didn't know what to expect from the spin off but I have been amazed by how true and even beyond it has gone with the world of BB it is going.

    You owe it to yourself to immerse yourself in this series and of course its source, Breaking Bad.

  • A bit over rated but a great show.

    The first few seasons were a bit meh... A little above average, but it was needed so that the ending could be great. It was all about the character, walter whites development. From innocent teacher to HEISENBERG MUAHAHAHAHA. The last few seasons were better than... Super amazing ninja yea. Must watch.
  • sound

    Does anyone else get really irritated with how the dialogue is quiet, but for example the sound of a doorbell ring is extremely loud through the speakers. I love this show, but am constantly having to adjust the volume every couple of minutes during episodes. I watch it on Netflix so maybe that is the problem. Anyone else have an issue with this?
  • Undecided

    Like many of you I was drawn to this show because of the hype surrounding and friends saying it is the best thing out. I personally enjoyed this a lot and thought it was very well executed and how Walter White was both a protagonist/antagonist in his own right. However, it may have been over hyped just a little bit or my expectations going in were to high. I liked it a lot though and may have even loved it if the hype surrounding didn't ruin for me.moreless
  • Most overrated show probably ever

    Before people start bashing me with dislikes I gotta say, I watched the entire series this summer because a friend of mine recommended me as the single best TV show to date, aswell I read reviews on several website recommending Breaking Bad as a must watch. By the end of the show I still dont get how or when this show got such insane amount of hype that made most people praise it as the Overlord of TV. I am not in any way saying Breaking Bad is bad, far from it, Bryan and Aaron are great actors, and the tragic plot is believable enough for me to stick with it to the end, but calling a show which only benefits from when Bryan and Aaron are around can't be called a Masterpiece. Breaking Bad isnt a masterpiece, its side characthers and villain are way far from original, Walter "home time" is the pure definition of bore, as an incredible slow pace, some episodes fell meaningless to the overall point of the story, the women on this show are a disgrace as characthers, one is worse than the next, etc.

    TL:DR - For some reason this show is highly overrated, described as one of the best shows around, but its that is just now true, at all. At best is good TV, a good drama, with a good anti-hero, a show that most of the times can figure out itself, if it should be a comedy or drama. Just dont be on the hypewagon, Breaking Bad isnt really that worth.moreless
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