Breaking Bad: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (20 Jan. 2008)

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A high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and resorts to selling methamphetamine to provide for his family when he is dead.

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Just days after his 50th birthday, chemistry teacher Walter White's life of quiet desperation completely transforms when he's diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. To support his pregnant wife and son, he partners with Jesse, a former student, to turn an old RV into a mobile meth lab. But their first attempt at unloading their product takes a deadly turn when Jesse introduces Walt to his unstable business associates. Written by Anonymous

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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. The winners of the 1985 Nobel Prize for Chemistry were Herbert Hauptman and Jerome Karle who won for their development of methods to determine crystal structures. See more »

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When Walter vomits outside the RV, he is sick off-screen. However, when we see the whole screen, the ground is clean and dusty. See more »

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Walter H. White: My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 87104. To all law enforcement entities, this is not an admission of guilt. I am speaking to my family now.
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Walter H. White: Skyler, you are the love of my life, I hope you know that. Walter junior, you're my big man. There are... there are going to be some things, things that you'll come to learn about me in the next few days. I just want you to know that, no matter how it may look...
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Stunning and riveting pilot
5 August 2013 | by (asyouwere) – See all my reviews

Absolutely intense, unpredictable and creative. Novel premise, challenges perception of what can be done in television, and draws the viewer into heightened awareness. It's the only show I can recall which demanded my attention within the first seconds. The show takes such a hold that it feels like being on the drug in question.

I wish the show had stopped at the end of the 3rd or 4th season, it was SO good. The early episodes were experimental and, as I understand from various interviews, relatively low budget. This combination some times encourages the best work, and the first few seasons reflect this. Corporate sponsors weren't present, unlike later seasons. It shows.


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