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"Breaking Bad" Pilot (2008)

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Original Air Date:
20 January 2008 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to cook and sell crystal meth. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Bryan Cranston ... Walter White

Anna Gunn ... Skyler White

Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman

Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader

Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader

RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.

Max Arciniega ... Krazy-8

John Koyama ... Emilio Koyama

Steven Michael Quezada ... Steven Gomez
Marius Stan ... Bogdan Wolynetz

Aaron Hill ... Jock
Gregory Chase ... Dr. Belknap (as Greg Chase)

Carmen Serano ... Carmen Molina
Evan Bobrick ... Chad
Roberta Marquez Seret ... Chad's Girlfriend (as Roberta Marquez)
Allan Pacheco ... Irving
Jason Byrd ... Chemistry Student
Linda Speciale ... Sexy Neighbor
Jesus Ramirez ... Jock's Friend #1
Joshua S. Patton ... Jock's Friend #2
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Christopher Dempsey ... Paramedic (uncredited)
Edward A. Duran ... DEA Agent #1 (uncredited)

Andrea Good ... Laundry Worker (uncredited)

Sergio Kato ... DEA Agent Tom (uncredited)
Benjamin Lax ... Chemistry Student (uncredited)
William E. Marshall ... Parent (uncredited)
Peggy Ann O'Neal ... Pedestrian (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Vince Gilligan 
Writing credits
Vince Gilligan (created by)

Vince Gilligan (written by)

Produced by
Melissa Bernstein .... co-producer
Vince Gilligan .... executive producer
Mark Johnson .... executive producer
Karen Moore .... producer
Gina Scheerer .... associate producer
Original Music by
Dave Porter 
Cinematography by
John Toll (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Lynne Willingham 
Casting by
Sharon Bialy 
Sherry Thomas 
Production Design by
Robb Wilson King 
Art Direction by
James F. Oberlander  (as James Oberlander)
Set Decoration by
Marcia Calosio 
Costume Design by
Kathleen Detoro 
Makeup Department
Lori Ann Baker .... hair stylist (as Lori Baker)
Sixth Gun .... hair stylist
Jolynn Nieto .... assistant makeup artist
Frieda Valenzuela .... makeup artist
Francie Fillatti .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Elizabeth Gallegos .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
Pepper J. Gallegos .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Deidre Parness .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
Production Management
Stewart Lyons .... unit production manager
Aaron Ponciano .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lily Garcia .... second second assistant director
John Nasraway .... second assistant director
Kaaren F. Ochoa .... first assistant director (as Kaaren Ochoa)
Art Department
Paul Breuninger .... property master
Asa-Luke Twocrow .... construction coordinator (as Asa Luke Twocrow)
Lance Cheatham .... set dresser (uncredited)
Damon Green .... propmaker (uncredited)
Jane Gulick .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Nicole Hansen .... props (uncredited)
Andy Linderkamp .... propmaker (uncredited)
Amahl Lovato .... set designer (uncredited)
Roberta Marquez Seret .... art department coordinator (uncredited)
Nichole Miller .... paint foreman (uncredited)
Dennis Riewerts .... draper (uncredited)
Colin Zaug .... on-set dresser (uncredited)
Sound Department
Kurt Nicholas Forshager .... sound supervisor (as Nick Forshager)
Darryl L. Frank .... sound mixer
Eric Justen .... re-recording mixer
Jeffrey Perkins .... re-recording mixer
Jason Patrick Collins .... sound utility (uncredited)
Rodney Gurule .... sound utility (uncredited)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (uncredited)
Hal Levinsohn .... adr editor (uncredited)
Edwardo Santiago .... boom operator (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Dennis Petersen .... special effects (as Dennis K. Petersen)
Mike Stull .... special effects technician (uncredited)
Al Goto .... stunt coordinator
Richard Burden .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Edward A. Duran .... utility stunts (uncredited)
G. Peter King .... stunts (uncredited)
Michael Sinclair Walter .... stunt performer (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
William Buckingham III .... key grip (as Bill Buckingham)
Michael A. Chavez .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Mike Chavez)
Brooks Robinson .... "b" camera operator
Jarred Waldron .... chief lighting technician
Joe Bacharka .... electrician (uncredited)
Liza Bambenek .... second assistant camera (uncredited)
Theodore Y. Bott .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Kenneth Coblentz .... grip (uncredited)
Tulio Duenas .... film loader (uncredited)
Kevin Gosselin .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Chris Owen Jones .... film loader (uncredited)
Michael McCormack .... video playback engineer (uncredited)
Paul Meehan .... grip (uncredited)
Chris Milani .... electrician (uncredited)
Stephen Mullen .... best boy rigger (uncredited)
Val Schubert .... dolly grip (uncredited)
Chris Toll .... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Carl Vigil .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Kathy Kaplan .... casting associate
Shari Rhodes .... location casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Maria Bentfield .... set costumer (uncredited)
Emily Egge .... set costumer (uncredited)
Juliet Hyde-White .... set costumer (uncredited)
Nancy Molleur .... tailor/seamstress (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Kelley Dixon .... assistant editor
Robert Nichols II .... archive editor (uncredited)
Location Management
John P. Meade .... location manager (as John Meade)
Dominic Garcia .... location assistant (uncredited)
Alex Gianopoulos .... location scout (uncredited)
Dennis Muscari .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Hilton Clay Peres .... assistant location manager (uncredited)
Music Department
Thomas Golubic .... music supervisor
Tom Villano .... music editor
Transportation Department
Bill Getzwiller .... transportation captain (as Billy Getzwiller)
Juan J. Rodriguez .... transportation captain (as Juan Rodriguez)
Ray Heiser .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Zita Mazzola .... production coordinator
Suzanne Potts .... assistant production coordinator
Judi Townsend .... script supervisor
Kathleen Breton-Collier .... teacher (uncredited)
Jim Giesler .... additional craft service (uncredited)
Johan Grimm .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christy Harrington .... production assistant (uncredited)
Christina Wayne .... network executive (uncredited)
Ayla Wilder .... production assistant (uncredited)
Sean Woerter .... set medic (uncredited)
Martin Chavez .... the producers wish to thank (as Mayor Martin Chavez)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

58 min | 46 min (TV version)
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

The school Walter teaches at was filmed in Rio Rancho High School in Rio Rancho, NM, a suburb of Albuquerque. Minor alterations to the school were made such as replacing the whiteboards in the classrooms with blackboards and the use of attendance bells.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Walt and Jesse are in the desert standing in the road after Jesse has come out of the toxic RV, Walt bends over hacking. You can clearly see the outline of his wireless mic system underneath his shirt.See more »
[first lines]
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.
[covers camera momentarily]
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, I only had you in my heart. Goodbye.
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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Now THIS is how you start a series!, 5 April 2014
Author: Scott LeBrun (Hey_Sweden) from Canada

It's unfortunate for this viewer that he's only now beginning to check out this series, but that just means that he has a lot of good TV to look forward to. This pilot episode to the popular cable series knows how to sink its hooks into you with its opening sequence, involving a speeding RV out in the New Mexico desert.

Soon, we are introduced to the characters, chief among them Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a chemistry teacher and car wash employee who learns that he has inoperable lung cancer. Still, he wants to be able to provide for his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) and physically disabled son Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte), so he decides that what he's going to do is put his chemistry knowledge to good use and manufacture crystal meth. He hooks up with a former student turned dealer Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and after some reluctance on Jesses' part, they go to work.

This premise does get one wondering: at what point does the average person decide to throw caution to the wind and "break bad"? Walter Whites' dilemma is compelling, and Cranston is just superb in the role; you believe him every step of the way. The rest of the cast - including Dean Norris as Hank - is fine, although Skyler and Walter Jr. aren't given a lot to do here, and it's basically Cranstons' show. Key to the success of the plot line is that Walter remains sympathetic.

Series creator Vince Gilligan creates a solid narrative, cranking up the tension for the big finale (or rather, a reprise of that opening sequence). He does leave you wanting more, to see what will become of these people and his story. It's great television.

Eight out of 10.

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