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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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Walter White Is a Chemist, Father, Compulsive Liar, Meth Cook, "Heisenberg", Killer, Cancer Survivor, Meth Master Chef, Drug King Pin? (season 5, part 1) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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20 January 2008 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Jonathan Banks (Mike) played in Gremlins (1984), while Dean Norris (Hank) appeared in the sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990). See more »

Goofs

Gustavo Fring is presented as being from Chile. Yet the character has an extreme amount of difficult speaking Spanish and certainly does not do so with Chilean accent. See more »

Quotes

Walter White: Who are you talking to right now? Who is it you think you see? Do you know how much I make a year? I mean, even if I told you, you wouldn't believe it. Do you know what would happen if I suddenly decided to stop going into work? A business big enough that it could be listed on the NASDAQ goes belly up. Disappears. It ceases to exist, without me. No, you clearly don't know who you're talking to, so let me clue you in. I am not in danger, Skyler. I AM the danger. A guy opens his door and gets ...
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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, one for cast and crew members. See more »

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Referenced in Robot Chicken: Stone Cold Steve Cold Stone (2014) See more »

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Breaking Bad Main Title Theme
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Written by Dave Porter
Performed by Dave Porter
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Mind Blowing
26 February 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BREAKING BAD:Season One explodes like a sucker punch to the gut, and is nothing short of mind-blowing. The pilot for this series is a definite "Must See", and stands with the greats of Action/Adventure Television and Cinema. This segment begins at such a giddy peak, that you think the only way forward would be to tell the tale as a long flashback. However, through a marvelous piece of editing and writing, the plot miraculously moves forward from that point. Bryon Cranston's idiosyncratic performance is a joy to behold. He embodies a man who is against a rock, and an even harder place, who has no other option but to throttle his higher aspirations and grimly carry on. His solace and validation in middle-class morality and virtuous conduct is long gone. I eagerly look forward to more of this ambitious, entertaining series.


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