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Breaking Bad 

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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 future.

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Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Bryan Cranston ...  Walter White 62 episodes, 2008-2013
Anna Gunn ...  Skyler White 62 episodes, 2008-2013
Aaron Paul ...  Jesse Pinkman 62 episodes, 2008-2013
Dean Norris ...  Hank Schrader 62 episodes, 2008-2013
Betsy Brandt ...  Marie Schrader 62 episodes, 2008-2013
RJ Mitte ...  Walter White, Jr. 62 episodes, 2008-2013
Bob Odenkirk ...  Saul Goodman 43 episodes, 2009-2013
Steven Michael Quezada ...  Steven Gomez 34 episodes, 2008-2013
Jonathan Banks ...  Mike Ehrmantraut 28 episodes, 2009-2012
Giancarlo Esposito ...  Gustavo 'Gus' Fring 26 episodes, 2009-2011
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

All bad things must come to an end (season 5, part 2) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

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TV-MA | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Breaking Bad See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | DTS (DTS HD Master Audio 5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

When Jesse refers to moving to Oregon in season 1. He is talking about the huge meth market in Southern Oregon. See more »

Goofs

In Walter White's back yard, the outline of a fire place is next to the sliding back door. Inside the reverse wall is the dining room/kitchen. The fireplace should be on the side of the house. See more »

Quotes

Skyler White: And why did it feel so good?
Walter White: Because it's illegal.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits use chemical symbols from the periodic table of elements as part of names : bromine (Br), and barium (Ba) for the title, none for creator Vince Gilligan (except when he gets a V for Vanadium), one for cast and crew members. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Olympus Has Fallen (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
(uncredited)
Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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User Reviews

 
Everything you already heard about this show - is probably an understatement.
14 November 2017 | by robertmaybethSee all my reviews

Everybody has their own opinion of how many stars a show deserves, whether more stars or fewer it's seldom so many people agree. "Breaking Bad" is possibly the best TV drama ever made - there isn't a wrong step, bad episode or miscast character throughout the whole series run.

A willing suspension of disbelief is an absolute requirement to enjoy this drama. It is probably not plausible to believe that anyone like Walter White could succeed as a meth chemist for even one season without being killed or caught let alone the 62 episodes the series has. But the tight, virtually seamless story, and the sympathetic characters, who nearly all resonate with most viewers, make you willing to set aside any differences with plausibility (which, admittedly, the show takes huge liberties with).

Like most serials it is best not to watch the show out of order! More then any other series, huge changes in plot, story and character arc take place so fast you are likely to be completely lost if you skip episodes. And the show is the proverbial roller coaster, taking you to the low points and peaks right along with your favorite characters, you might not want to miss a minute in this original and daring TV drama once you start watching!


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