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Staring this Sunday, August 10 and continuing each Sunday through October 5, AMC will be re-airing its Emmy Award-winning drama Breaking Bad in its entirety. The Bryan Cranston-led series officially signed off last September after five thrilling seasons—but the network will now spend the next nine weeks revisiting the dramatic and dangerous, sometimes humorous, and always entertaining adventures of Walter White and Jesse Pinkman. Fans and new viewers alike can look forward to nine weeks' worth of mini-marathons; each one will run from 5pm to 1am and be accompanied by never-before-aired interviews with the cast and crew, including series creator Vince Gilligan, stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, and more.

To celebrate, we've cooked up a bunch of blue meth and compiled a short list of the episodes we're most excited to revisit. We did consider just listing all 62 episodes of the series and calling it a day, but that felt like cheating—so here are the 13 episodes we especially can't wait to see again, in chronological order:


"Pilot"

Although some people believe Breaking Bad was a bit slow in the beginning, this is where it all began. It's where we first met Walter White, the sad-sack chemistry teacher diagnosed with cancer, and his pregnant wife Skyler. It's where Walt Jr. ate his first breakfast. And it's where we were first introduced to Jesse Pinkman, who immediately fell off a roof without his pants on. "Pilot" was the beginning of a (tragically) beautiful friendship.


"... and the Bag's in the River" (Season 1, Episode 3)

Breaking Bad taught us many things over the course of its five seasons; in "...and the Bag's in the River," we learned the sanctity of the coin flip. It's also the episode where Breaking Bad got REAL, as Walt was forced to strangle Krazy-8 as Krazy-8 tried to stab him with a plate shard. And that was after Walt and Jesse flushed the remains of Emilio down the toilet.


"Peekaboo" (Season 2, Episode 6)

One of the earliest indications of Jesse's kind soul—something we'd see more of throughout the remainder of the series—came through in the way he took care of the child in "Peekaboo." It was also the episode in which a dude's head was smashed in by a stolen ATM


"4 Days Out" (2x09)

In addition to showcasing several beautiful shots of the New Mexico landscape, "4 Days Out" contained plenty of humor, despite the dire circumstances Walt and Jesse found themselves in after the RV's battery died in the desert. Let's also not forget the many lessons we learned about wire and robots.


"One Minute" (Season 3, Episode 7)

Everyone (rightfully) remembers "One Minute" as the episode in which Hank took on the the Twins unarmed and ultimately emerged victorious. But it's also the episode where Hank beat the crap out of Jesse, which resulted in one of Aaron Paul's finest performances.


"Fly" (Season 3, Episode 10)

Perhaps the most divisive episode of the entire series, "Fly" was a Season 3 bottle episode that, on the surface, merely focused on Walt and Jesse's attempts to kill a fly in the super lab... but as character study, it was oh-so-much more than that.


"Half Measures"/"Full Measure" (Season 3, Episodes 12 and 13)

So we cheated a bit and combined these episodes, but they're pretty much a package deal anyway—it's right there in the paired titles! As the two-part culmination of an exceptional season, "Half Measures" saw Walt save Jesse's life, while "Full Measure" technically reversed the roles. We'll never forget you, Gale Boetticher. 


"Problem Dog" (Season 4, Episode 7)


Aaron Paul is one those actors who can play it both ways: He can communicate without saying much at all, or he can ramble off a big speech like this one at the support group he attended while trying to deal with the crushing guilt of shooting Gale and sell some drugs, too. Watch it again and I promise it will leave you wanting to hand him all the awards forever until the end of time.


"Face Off" (Season 4, Episode 13)


I dare you to show me a season finale better than Season 4's "Face Off." An hour of non-stop thrills, you won't find many episodes of television that are as well-done from start to finish as this one; between Gus's death, the destruction of the super lab, and the revelation that Walt did indeed poison Brock, it was an hour that proved exactly what Walter White was capable of.


"Dead Freight" (Season 5, Episode 5)

Also known around these parts as "The One Where We Realized Todd Was a Dick," "Dead Freight" staged a train robbery reminiscent of old westerns and basically made me pee my pants with anxiety. And I look forward to doing it all over again.


"Blood Money" (Season 5, Episode 9)


Even if you don't remember everything that happened in the Season 5B premiere, you definitely remember the speech Walt delivered at the end of it. You know the one, where he told Hank to "tread lightly" and the world collectively held its breath as we all waited to see what would happen next.


"Ozymandias" (Season 5, Episode 14)

A devastating hour of television that will go down in history as one of the all-time greats, "Ozymandias" ripped families apart in every sense of the word. From Hank's quick (albeit badass) death to Walt's confession to Jesse about letting Jane choke to the final confrontation between Walt and a terrified Skyler and Walt Jr., this episode ripped my heart from my chest, lit it on fire, put it in a blender, fed the resulting goop to a shark, and then sent that shark up into space and into a black hole where all the light and happiness from the universe goes to die.


"Felina" (Season 5, Episode 16)

The record-breaking series finale will forever be known by me personally as the series finale during which I got drunk and cried, but it will be known to many as one of the finest final chapters to ever close out a TV show. It's tough to stick a landing, but Breaking Bad managed to pull it off with "Felina." In fact, I'll probably get drunk and cry again the second (and third, and fourth, and fifth) time I re-watch it.


What Breaking Bad episodes are you most looking forward to re-watching?


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AIRED ON 9/29/2013

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only started watching at end of season, enjoyed watching reruns one night, allnight

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Man. Caught a few eps of the marathon on AMC. Crazy Handful of Nothin' is so good. Maybe it's not the first glimpse of "Heisenberg" that we got, but it was the moment he realized what he was fully capable of in that mode.
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That nearly made the list! SO GOOD.
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I thought this show was amazing from the word go!! I knew it was going to be great television. I never found this show to be slow. It might had been slow to find an audience but I never wanted the hour to end.
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There will never be another show like Breaking Bad
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"Ozymandias" is the single greatest piece of entertainment ever conceived.
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When I started watching BB there were so few people watching it that it was almost impossible to find anyone to discuss episodes with. Online or offline. It was about mid season 3 or 4 that I found BB soul mates. So, how come now the show has become sooooo big, everybody loves it, and rematch it again and again and again?. And how come now people don't get ever tired of talking about BB?
I myself have come over it a long time ago, I could not think to use my time to watch it again yet, being other shows as good on TV right now (don´t ask me to name shows please). Good shows come and go. From Six Feet Under and X-files to LOST and now Breaking Bad. Now I am into BANSHEE, a show that I think with time may be a new Breaking Bad. Or the new Breaking Bad may be next year. Most episodes were very good and exciting while watching Breaking Bad, but honestly few got stuck in my mind after the hour. Still, one of my favourites was Four Days Out (2x09), a good old drama/dialogue/ character acting/ still camera old style TV. I do agree with those that mean that Aaron Paul was a much better actor from season two and Brian Cranston had these three faces, one with the twisted mouth (and glasses) and all his monologues sounded the same. While Jesse was rich in facial expressions and oral speeches. Hank was for me a bit of a disappointment in the last season, having fount out the truth, I think the writers could have given Dean Norris much more depth to go. But, yeah! this is my own opinion. Bitch!

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For those of us that read TV.com outside USA, it could be good to put a link to Blood Money S05E09 that can actually be watched it. And not this:

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I miss "Boxcutter" the scene where Fring changes clothes, does his thing and changes clothes once more is bonechilling, showing how cold of a monster he is.
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Hard to argue with any of these choices (I don't know why Fly is so divisive, it's great). Salud and Crawl space probably belong in this list, but hell if I can find 2 episodes to remove.

"Although some people believe Breaking Bad was a bit slow in the beginning"

I'm currently rewatching the show (nearing s3) and indeed I wrongly remembered the beginning to be slow, when it's actually not. I probably got spoiled by the later seasons because each one was more thrilling than the previous one.
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This list just reminded me how much I hated Walter White
also... I know I'm going to get a lot of hate for this... but: Bryan Cranston is such an overrated actor. Aaron Paul is way more talented and gives diversity in his roles. The only range i get from Bryan (from the other roles i saw him in) is WW before he broke bad and WW after he broke bad. Come on you have such a distinctive voice, change it a little from time to time.
(I loved Bryan in BrBa, he was perfect in the show, just my thoughts of him as an actor in general)
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I wholehearteldly DISagree, Cranston is BRILLIANT
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I got boosebumps just reading through this list. There are very few shows I'd consider watching again nowadays, purely because there is just so much to watch currently on television (and then there's the stuff that's finished), but Breaking Bad is definitely deserving of a re-watch.

I'm not a fan of 'Peekaboo' (it was the first episode of the series I ever watched, and it almost put me off), and I think 'Fly' is overrated nonsense, but I agree with all the others on the list. Words cannot describe how much I love 'Ozymandias', it really was the pinnacle of an understanding series.
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All of the 5A episodes are masterpieces in my opinion. They may not be very action-packed but they are shot so perfectly and they do so much with the cinematography, it's simply incredible.

Also, ABQ and Salud are must watches for. Aaron Paul's acting in ABQ was amazing. Just watch that seen when Jesse cries. :(
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Salud... another great one.
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I really love every episode of this show. I don't think I'd only be able to pick just 11. But the 11 chose are all very, very good. Like I could pick 11 just from one season. I really miss this show and I sincerely hope something comes along that can top it in my mind.
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Good list. No complaints here (for once). I'll have to work my way through BB again when I'm done re-watching The Wire & Chuck.
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Even though I'm quite new to the BB fandom, here's my list:
- Cancer Man
- Grilled
- Peekaboo
- Better Call Saul
- 4 Days Out
- One Minute
- Half Measure
- Full Measure
- Crawl Space
- Face Off
- Gliding Over All
- Ozymandias
- Felina
I know I'm missing some eps...
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I feel like s2e04 "Down" should be included on the list (Seriously, rewatch this one, guys!).
Then again, I wouldn't know which on to kick off the list...
What an unbelievably great series this was.
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Agree with all, but replace Problem Dog with Crawl Space, which is second only to Ozymandias as my all time favorite of the show.
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I rewatch Crawl Space a lot because those final five-ten minutes are so insanely perfect I forgot to breathe the first couple of times I watched it. Other than that I mostly agree with your list.

I liked Todd a lot though (Until, you know, the kidnapping), I agreed with his decision in Blood Money, and I think Walt and Jesse needed someone that would just do the things they (Jesse mostly) still struggled with.
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So true... so many goosebumps from that scene in Crawl Space.
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Not even gonna wait until the body is cold ey. Ok.
"One Minute" + "Dead Freight" are the best eps.
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I just can't bring myself to revisit yet, it's too soon. I'm still reeling from the last episode and realising after it ended that there truly never will be another show as good. Although I love Sopranos, the wire, the walking dead, justified, deadwood.... They don't in my estimation come close to breaking bad in terms of emotional attachment and the excitement and seat edge anxiety I used to feel every single episode. Too soon man... too soon
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What about Game of Thrones?
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change Peakaboo to Grilled and you got my list :)
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