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Breaking Bad: Season 1 (2008)




Critic Consensus: 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.


Air date: Jan 20, 2008
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Tv Season Info

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.

Genre: Drama
Network: AMC
Premiere Date: Jan 20, 2008
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Critic Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 1

All Critics (23) | Top Critics (20)

A TV series must dole out morsels of character motivation often enough to keep viewers tuning in, and I'm not convinced Breaking Bad does.

Full Review… | January 15, 2014
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Cranston is always fun to watch and "Bad" is no exception. What's more, a strong supporting cast suggests there is a lot of room for this series to grow.

Full Review… | January 15, 2014
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

It's very good, Breaking Bad, although as sad and disturbing as the mustache implies.

Full Review… | January 15, 2014
Los Angeles Times
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Breaking Bad... could wind up being one of the more toxically exhilarating shows to corrupt the programming schedule.

Full Review… | January 15, 2014
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Breaking Bad is not for everyone - but if you've got the stomach, AMC has got the guts.

Full Review… | January 20, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

It's a vanity-free, unexaggerated, incredibly empathetic performance [Bryan Cranston], and Bad could not work without it, because empathy is not exactly inherent in the show's story.

Full Review… | January 20, 2008
USA Today
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Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 1

A far-fetched premise with an ostentatious delivery. Season 1 of Breaking Bad displays the brilliance in Vince Gilligan's writing and Bryan Cranston's acting. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

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The beginning was quite interesting as well as the premise, but some episodes were a bit lackluster.

Wildaly M

Super Reviewer

A somewhat modest start for one of TVs greatest, Breaking Bad S01 was also cut short because of the Writer's Strike in 2008. Looking back now, we relate to Walter White's dilemas and can understand the situation he's going through. However, we start to see glimpses of him actually breaking, which would have severe consequences in the future.

The success really relies on the cast, which is pitch-perfect and would never grow too much on upcoming seasons. If we'd get more and more characters, the impact of this little storyline wouldn't have half the impact and all of this slow start was absolutely necessary for what came ahead.

Francisco G.
Francisco Godinho

Super Reviewer


Watching two performances that changed the future of television is really a true wonder. The first season of "Breaking Bad," driven by Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, is some of the best television you will ever be able to find. From sitcoms in the 80's and 90's, to the terribly cliched soap operas on today, this show is in another league of television. After being diagnosed with cancer, Walter White (Bryan Cranston) runs into an old student of his, and he gains the idea that if they cook and sell methamphetamine, he can make enough money to support his family long after he passes on (while trying to save his own life). Slowly becomming the hardened criminal that the later seasons will show, just watching his transformation is jaw-dropping. I would not recommend this as a great television show, but as a six hour film. Each season seems like an overlong film, with great cinematography, perfect script-writing, and an electric performance by Brayn Cranston. It is arguably the best television show of all time, but I do not like to lable. I can talk highly about this first season all day, but it isn't without it's faults. Being only seven episodes long, it feels a tad unexplored, but aside from that, it is a near perfect start. I love "Breaking Bad."

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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