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Breaking Bad (2008–2013)

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A chemistry teacher diagnosed with terminal lung cancer teams up with his former student to cook and sell crystal meth.


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Series cast summary:
 Walter White (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Skyler White (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Jesse Pinkman (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Hank Schrader (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Marie Schrader (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Walter White, Jr. (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Saul Goodman (43 episodes, 2009-2013)
 Steven Gomez (34 episodes, 2008-2013)
 Mike Ehrmantraut (28 episodes, 2009-2012)
 Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (26 episodes, 2009-2011)


When chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given only two years to live, he decides he has nothing to lose. He lives with his teenage son, who has cerebral palsy, and his wife, in New Mexico. Determined to ensure that his family will have a secure future, Walt embarks on a career of drugs and crime. He proves to be remarkably proficient in this new world as he begins manufacturing and selling methamphetamine with one of his former students. The series tracks the impacts of a fatal diagnosis on a regular, hard working man, and explores how a fatal diagnosis affects his morality and transforms him into a major player of the drug trade. Written by WellardRockard, jackenyon

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In the no-holds-barred world of Walt White, the end justifies the extreme. (season 2) See more »


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Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA)  »

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10 actors cast on the show have previously appeared in the Vince Gilligan produced The X-Files (1993). Bryan Cranston in The X-Files: Drive (1998), Aaron Paul in The X-Files: Lord of the Flies (2001), Dean Norris in The X-Files: F. Emasculata (1995), Michael Shamus Wiles in "The End" (Season 5) and "En Ami" (Season 7), Raymond Cruz in The X-Files: El Mundo Gira (1997), Javier Grajeda in _Tithonus_, Danny Trejo in The X-Files: Redrum (2000), Dale Dickey in _Existence_, Dan Desmond in The X-Files: Salvage (2001), and John Koyama who served as a stuntman on The X-Files (1993). See more »


In multiple episodes the view in the rear view and side mirrors is reversed , making it appear that the driver in the trailing car is sitting in the right front passenger seat. See more »


Saul Goodman: Better call Saul!
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Referenced in Grace and Frankie: The Spelling Bee (2015) See more »


The Ecstasy Of Gold (The Good The Bad And The Ugly)
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Mind Blowing
26 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BREAKING BAD:Season One explodes like a sucker punch to the gut, and is nothing short of mind-blowing. The pilot for this series is a definite "Must See", and stands with the greats of Action/Adventure Television and Cinema. This segment begins at such a giddy peak, that you think the only way forward would be to tell the tale as a long flashback. However, through a marvelous piece of editing and writing, the plot miraculously moves forward from that point. Bryon Cranston's idiosyncratic performance is a joy to behold. He embodies a man who is against a rock, and an even harder place, who has no other option but to throttle his higher aspirations and grimly carry on. His solace and validation in middle-class morality and virtuous conduct is long gone. I eagerly look forward to more of this ambitious, entertaining series.

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