Breaking Bad is a television drama series created and produced by Vince Gilligan and broadcast by cable channel AMC. A production of Sony Pictures Television, the story is set and produced in Albuquerque, New Mexico and it follows failed chemist and actual chemistry high school teacher Walter White, brilliantly portrayed by talented actor Bryan Cranston. Breaking Bad premiered in 2008 and is now in its final and fifth season, which was divided into two parts, each consisting of 8 episodes. The first eight episodes aired this summer, with the final eight being scheduled for the summer of 2013.
Enjoying great critical acclaim ever since its inception, Breaking Bad has won numerous television awards, such as seven Primetime Emmy Awards – three of which were consecutively awarded to Bryan Cranston for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series – and had several other nominations for Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. Breaking Bad follows the story of Walter White who, at the beginning of the series, is diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Afraid that he will die without providing a safe and stable future for his family consisting of a wife, impaired young son and a baby on the way, Walter takes the radical decision of entering the drug business.
Remembering a former student, Jesse Pinkman (played by Aaron Paul) who had been expelled from school for drug related charges, he sets out to look for him and convinces him to work together. Relying on his chemistry knowledge and on Jesse’s connections, Walter sets out to create the purest methamphetamine product on the market, which he eventually achieves. However, the quality of his product attracts bigger fish and in the attempt of staying clear of them, Walter and Jesse go through a series of unexpected and dramatic events; and when his brother-in-law, a DEA agent gets involved in following this new meth mogul which is Walter, things become even more complicated.
A very interesting role is played by Anna Gunn, Walter’s wife in Breaking Bad, whereas other parts are played by actors like Dean Norris, Betsy Brandt, RJ Mitte and Bob Odenkirk. Breaking Bad is special in that it focuses well on the development of its characters, all of whom have arcs, and all its plot stories lead somewhere. Nothing is random in this series, which makes it all the more exciting. An interesting aspect is following Walter and Jesse as they employ chemistry and physics knowledge to help them advance in the drug world or to help them fight enemies or opponents.