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
The character Emilio was originally written to be Mexican-American. But after Japanese-American John Koyama was cast in the role, the character was rewritten to be of Japanese heritage. See more »
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 »
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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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 »
The image of a show's main character in the middle of the road, without pants, ready to shoot it out with the approaching police . . . that's some ace cliffhanger material. Yet it's the first thing anyone sees!
An exhilarating hour of television, this pilot deals effortlessly with the unenviable amount of setup that "Breaking Bad" requires. Portrait of a man beaten down by mediocrity suddenly liberated by a cancer diagnosis, Walter White is the guy you feel sorry for, but you also desperately want the guy to snap out of his suburban malaise and grab life by the balls (played with no shortage of intensity by Bryan Cranston). This intro lays out the conflict and colorful supporting characters and laces it with excellent dark humor. As fun as it is to see this guy at the end of his rope, it also demands that you return for next week.
I've been telling people for years to ignore the hype and just give the first episode a shot. And for good reason; it's one of the best pilots I've ever seen.
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