Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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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.


Vince Gilligan


Vince Gilligan (created by), Vince Gilligan





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)


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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Did You Know?


The actress who portrays the woman in a green dress at the car wash Walt glimpses before fainting was actually only 17 at the time of filming. There was even a deleted scene in which she drives away but due to her age another actor had to actually drive the car. See more »


When Walter vomits outside the RV, he is sick off-screen. However, when we see the whole screen, the ground is clean and dusty. 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,...
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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 »


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Superb Beginning
8 October 2015 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

Well, I'm on the journey. With many series, it's just too much of an investment. But this has become a cultural icon and now that the whole thing is available, I decided to jump in. The opening episode (pilot) really does a great job of introducing us to the principles. The poor science teacher with the death sentence of inoperable lung cancer, his partner, a former student, and the sad state of affairs he must face each day with a disabled son and a pile of bills. I asked myself the question: How can you care about someone who is producing a deadly drug that has devastated our culture, and yet one sees the desperation. I'm a former teacher. I'm surprised that at 50 he has so little, but his son has probably been a draw on his bank account and his wife probably can't work outside the house. The most tragic scenes are when he has to work in the pit at the car wash and have his students taunt him and take cellphone pictures of him. We are also made privy to the dangerous world of the meth trade and the types of people he is going to be facing. This is a very good opening episode.

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20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

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