Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Pilot 

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Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell crystal meth.

Director:

Vince Gilligan

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
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
Steven Michael Quezada ... Gomez
Marius Stan ... Bogdan
Aaron Hill ... Jock
Gregory Chase Gregory Chase ... Dr. Belknap (as Greg Chase)
Carmen Serano ... Carmen
Evan Bobrick Evan Bobrick ... Chad
Roberta Marquez Seret Roberta Marquez Seret ... Chad's Girlfriend (as Roberta Marquez)
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Storyline

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 their 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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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

The episode won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. See more »

Goofs

The names (in the opening credits) contain capitalized letter(s) shown in a different color, referring to the chemical symbols of elements of the periodic table of the elements. In the opening credits of the first two seasons, one of them mistakenly implies that Ch is an element. This mistake is corrected in the following seasons. See more »

Quotes

[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,...
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Alternate Versions

The version of the pilot episode that was broadcast on IFC (Independent Film Channel) was uncensored and complete uncut. It was around one minute longer than the original aired version on AMC, who censored for example naked breasts via soft focus lens (when Walter watches Jesse escaping through the window Jesse's girlfriend is naked and throws his clothes out). See more »

Connections

References The X-Files: The Erlenmeyer Flask (1994) See more »

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Get Low
Performed by Pudge
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The pilot that started it all!

Breaking Bad comes RIGHT out of the gate: with Walt driving a filthy RV in the New Mexico desert, in his underwear. A television phenomenon starts right here in a bald, absurd and beautiful fashion. Bryan Cranston is a man freaking out about the current predicament he's in, and we get how difficult everything's become for him, before we even get to the title of the show. Vince Gilligan doesn't try to second-guess his audience's smarts. He starts the series where the story's already started, and then he takes us back to catch our breaths.

This pilot single-handedly launched the classic television show that has come to be the template of writer-driven television and its potential to have PHENOMENAL storytelling. The pilot gives us a taste-test of what we're to expect from the rest of the show, but it leaves us wanting more: in the most satisfying way. We're EAGER to see what happens next instead of begrudgingly thinking we should. This show is its own drug.

If you haven't already seen the Breaking Bad series please do yourself a favour and watch asap! You're missing out on pop-cultural history right here!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Einstieg See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TV)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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