Breaking Bad is an American television crime drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. Set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad is the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher who is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer at the beginning of the series. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine with a former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). White’s primary goal, when he begins manufacturing the methamphetamine, is securing his family’s financial future before he dies.
Premiering on January 20, 2008, the series is broadcast in the United States and Canada on the cable channel AMC and is a production of Sony Pictures Television. On August 14, 2011, AMC announced that Breaking Bad had been renewed for a fifth and final season consisting of 16 episodes.This final season is split into two parts, each consisting of 8 episodes and broadcast over the course of two years. The first half premiered on July 15, 2012, and concluded on September 2, 2012; the second half premiered on August 11, 2013.
The series has won seven Primetime Emmy Awardsincluding three consecutive wins for Best Actor for Cranston, two wins for Best Supporting Actor for Paul, and four nominations for Outstanding Drama Series. Cranston has also been nominated three times for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor and nominated four times for a Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor, winning once at the 19th Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Breaking Bad has received widespread critical acclaim and is considered one of the greatest TV dramas of all time. In 2013, it was named No. 13 in a list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series of All Time by the Writers Guild of America.
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Breaking Bad was created by Vince Gilligan, who spent several years writing the Fox series The X-Files. Gilligan wanted to create a series in which the protagonist became the antagonist. “Television is historically good at keeping its characters in a self-imposed stasis so that shows can go on for years or even decades,” he said. “When I realized this, the logical next step was to think, how can I do a show in which the fundamental drive is toward change?” He added that his goal with Walter White is to turn him from Mr. Chips into Scarface.The concept emerged as Gilligan talked with his fellow writer Thomas Schnauz, and they joked regarding their unemployment that the solution was “putting a meth lab in the back of an RV and driving around the country cooking meth and making money.”
Gilligan has said it is difficult to write for Walter White because the character is so dark and morally questionable: “I’m going to miss the show when it’s over, but on some level, it’ll be a relief to not have Walt in my head anymore.” Gilligan later said the idea for Walter’s character intrigued him so much that he “didn’t really give much thought on how well it would sell”, stating that he would have given up on the premise given it was “such an odd, dark story” that could have difficulties being pitched to studios. As the series has progressed, Gilligan and the writing staff of Breaking Bad have made Walter increasingly unsympathetic. Gilligan said: “He’s going from being a protagonist to an antagonist. We want to make people question who they’re pulling for, and why.” Cranston said by the fourth season: “I think Walt’s figured out it’s better to be a pursuer than the pursued. He’s well on his way to badass.” Gilligan defines the term “breaking bad” as “to raise hell”.
While still pitching the show to studios, Gilligan was initially discouraged when he learned of the existence of Weeds, and of its similarities to the premise of Breaking Bad. While his producers convinced him that the show was different enough to still be successful, he later stated that he would not have gone forward with the idea had he known about Weeds earlier.
I don’t know how many of you follow this series but i have completed Breaking Bad 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.