Breaking Bad: Season 1 (2008)

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Though at times it feels forced and its imagery can be gruesome, Breaking Bad is darkly gripping and features a strong sympathetic lead in Bryan Cranston.

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Critic Ratings: 42

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Episodes

Air date: Jan 20, 2008

A high school chemistry teacher is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and resorts to selling methamphetamine to provide for his family when he is dead.

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Air date: Jan 27, 2008

Walt and Jesse try to decide what to do with the body of Emilio and their prisoner, Krazy 8.

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Air date: Feb 10, 2008

Walt is struggling to decide if it's best to kill Krazy 8 or let him go.

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Air date: Feb 17, 2008

Walt tells the rest of his family about his cancer. Jesse tries to make amends with his own parents.

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Air date: Feb 24, 2008

Walt rejects everyone who tries to help him with the cancer. Jesse tries his best to create Walt's meth, with the help of an old friend.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2008

Walt and Jesse sell their product to a new distributor, named Tuco.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2008

Walt and Jesse try to up their game by making more of the crystal every week for Tuco. Unfortunately, some of the ingredients they need is not easy to find. Meanwhile, Skyler realizes that her sister is a shoplifter.

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Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school teacher uses his expertise to secretly provide for his family by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.

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Critic Reviews for Breaking Bad Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (27)

It's unpredictable and stimulating, like the drug that White manufactures, but it produces a much safer high.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

The show tries too hard to be socially relevant, with Walt representing a desperate middle class attempt to gain footing.

Jan 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Its achievement rarely matches its ambitions, but the effect is still pretty dope.

Jan 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Breaking Bad falls around the middle of the pack in the new wave of cable dramas. But it's got a solid cast and a good upside.

Jan 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Cranston's performance alone is enough to keep me watching for a while, but I'd like to see something resembling a completed formula, and soon.

Jan 20, 2008 | Full Review…

Occasionally, something will pop up to remind us of just how good television can be when smart writers come up with an intriguing concept and execute it well.

Jan 20, 2008 | Full Review…

So far the ride in the Winnebago has been worth even the price of having to see those jocks.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Creator and executive producer Vince Gilligan has crafted a show that veers into black comedy over the course of the first three episodes, one that is bloody, unpleasant and tedious.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Cranston tackles the role with a measured intensity, bravely putting Walt's flaws and human frailties out on display for all to see. He manages to make you root for the guy even when you know his actions are seriously misguided.

Oct 18, 2019 | Rating: 9/10 | Full Review…

About as addictive as any drama that has ever been on television.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

The morality of Walter's actions and the bleakness of his situation will doubtless be explored in later episodes. But for now its unusual protagonist and offbeat humour show a good deal of promise.

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

Bryan Cranston's Walter White, high-school chemistry teacher by day and meth cooker by, well, later in the day, is compellingly screwed-up.

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 1

  • 15h ago
    A truly binge-worthy series! Once I started watching, I couldn't stop!
  • Jan 08, 2021
    One of, if not the best TV show ever made in every conceivable way. It's perfect.
  • Dec 26, 2020
    Great season, that is not saying much when this whole show is great.
  • Dec 24, 2020
    The most overrated show I have ever seen. It's boring with no real plot. It tries to be deep but isnt
  • Dec 15, 2020
    Very strong first season to Breaking Bad. Its episodes will keep you hooked throughout the season. With its strong storyline, acting, and writing, this season offers top-notch entertainment. 9.8/10
  • Dec 09, 2020
    Featuring some of the best writing, acting, and cinematography to date it is no bold assertion to say that Breaking Bad is a pinnacle of American television.
  • Nov 22, 2020
    Vince Gilligan's masterpiece initiates with a strong presentation containing a well-crafted story and interesting characters, but most of all, the plot elements such as drama and black comedy are perfectly balanced to form the shape of the essence of the show: tragedy.
  • Nov 19, 2020
    Star so,so but at the end is the beginning of greatness
  • Oct 27, 2020
    Breaking Bad S1 is a solid introductory to one of the best shows of all time.
  • Oct 27, 2020
    The beginning of my life time favourite show!

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