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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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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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You Got No Proof: Getting Away With It Since 2008 - A Dealer In Style (season 3) See more »

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Trivia

10 actors cast on the show have previously appeared in the Vince Gilligan produced The X-Files (1993). Bryan Cranston in The X-Files: Drive (1998), Aaron Paul in The X-Files: Lord of the Flies (2001), Dean Norris in The X-Files: F. Emasculata (1995), Michael Shamus Wiles in "The End" (Season 5) and "En Ami" (Season 7), Raymond Cruz in The X-Files: El Mundo Gira (1997), Javier Grajeda in _Tithonus_, Danny Trejo in The X-Files: Redrum (2000), Dale Dickey in _Existence_, Dan Desmond in The X-Files: Salvage (2001), and John Koyama who served as a stuntman on The X-Files (1993). See more »

Goofs

Don Eladio is a Mexican drug kingpin. However, he speaks Spanish with a Cuban accent. The actor,portraying the character, Steven Bauer, is a Cuban-American. See more »

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Hank: Talking it through? What, like to a Psychiatrist? No, go down that road you can kiss your Career Goodbye.
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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 »

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Referenced in Chelsea Lately: Episode #8.94 (2014) See more »

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Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
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99.44% Brilliance
15 April 2010 | by See all my reviews

To say this program has great writing is an understatement. BB has the best writing I have ever had the pleasure of listing & reading (I always leave the captioning on). The acting is top notch by Cranston. It is also very good by Aaron Paul (Pinkman), Dean Norris (Hank), Betsy Brandt (Marie), RJ Mitte (Walt junior). Unfortunately, it feels like Anna Gunn (Skyler) is the weak link. It is hard to know if the Gilligan is trying to make a somewhat awkward and unlikable character, or if it is just not hitting the mark. I prefer to think that the writing is intentionally odd for Skyler for some reason, and that we will get to learn more in the episodes and seasons to come. The dialogue is absolutely brilliant for the most part – it almost always rings true. The episodes are gripping (for the most part). The story is brutal and comedic at the same time. I have to opt for a 10/10 because there is not another program that comes close – even Dexter which I've been enjoying for 5 seasons doesn't have the writing or acting to stand up to BB.


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