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A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's financial future.

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 Walter White (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
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 Skyler White (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
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 Jesse Pinkman (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
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 Hank Schrader (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
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 Marie Schrader (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
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 Walter White, Jr. (62 episodes, 2008-2013)
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 Saul Goodman (43 episodes, 2009-2013)
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 Steven Gomez (34 episodes, 2008-2013)
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 Mike Ehrmantraut (28 episodes, 2009-2012)
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 Gustavo 'Gus' Fring (26 episodes, 2009-2011)
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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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When Saul first approaches Walt about a business arrangement, he compares his services for Walt to Tom Hagen's role as consigliere to Vito Corleone. Walt objects, saying "I'm no Vito Corleone," to which Saul responds "Right now, you're Fredo." Soon after, when Walt and his family hear that his tumor has shrunk, Hank misquotes The Godfather: Part III (1990), saying "Just when I tried to get out, they pull me back in." See more »

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In the pilot episode Walt is celebrating his 50th birthday, S5 E4 Walt turns 51 and on the series finale he turns 52. However, it isn't until S4 E10 that Walt Jr, aka Flynn, celebrates his 16th birthday and in the finale episode he is coming up in his 18th birthday. The entire span of 6 seasons was to take place in 2 years of story line. See more »

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Walter White: Never give up control.
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Referenced in Pizza of Destiny: Cranston's Greatest Shot (2011) See more »

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Brilliant Character Work In Pitch Black Comedy-Drama
21 January 2008 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

The age of Bryan Cranston has returned. Once universally lauded for his work in Malcolm In The Middle, there had yet to be a good vehicle for this man's particular talents. He has that rare gift of generating sympathy and manic-energy at the same time.

For those that would be content to label this show a Weeds knock-off, bear in mind that Breaking Bad is a new kind of monster. It touches on the very same themes, "living realistically as a middle class in the United States" which often makes us resort to extremes to survive. Like the mother and daughter team that robbed that bank. But the weed selling antics of Showtime's hit show is really nothing like "Bad." The Pilot was about as perfect a Pilot as I've ever seen, and much of it rests on Bryan Cranston's shoulders.

Cranston plays Cheimstry teacher Walter White. He has a loving wife, a child with Cerebal Palsy and another is on the way. He also happens to be dying from an inoperable lung cancer situation, which happened although he "never smoked." His finances in disarray, the once great student of science turns to crime to solve his problems.

He cooks Crystal Meth with a good for nothing ex-student. From the antics of the first episode, the show is leading towards a dark place, but a place of truth. This is a no nonsense black comedy.

For people that love Tarantino or the Coen's, this might be your cup of tea.


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