Breaking Bad: Season 1 (2008)

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Season 1
Breaking Bad

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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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User Ratings: 4075
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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 20, 2008
2
Air date: Jan 27, 2008
3
Air date: Feb 10, 2008
4
Air date: Feb 17, 2008
5
Air date: Feb 24, 2008
6
Air date: Mar 2, 2008
7
Air date: Mar 9, 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.

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Critic Reviews for Breaking Bad Season 1

All Critics (42) | Top Critics (23)

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

Oct 17, 2019 | Full Review…

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

Jan 20, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

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…

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…

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…

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…

The lead performance by Emmy Award-winner Bryan Cranston is one of the most riveting I've seen in the last few years. He is pitch-perfect and everything that works about this unusual series comes from his great star turn.

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

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

Oct 17, 2019 | Rating: 4/4 | 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…

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 1

  • Nov 10, 2019
    The first season of Breaking Bad shows a lot of promise and gives us something to look forward to. It has an excellent story and compelling characters that make it worthwhile to watch. The performances, mainly Bryan Cranston, are absolutely phenomenal. A-
  • Nov 03, 2019
    This was some of the greatest television moments i have ever seen. The story was great and I instantly feel in love with the main characters.
  • Oct 30, 2019
    Though the First season hooked us all up for the remaining story ; but as an individual it's far from what the other seasons provide!
  • Oct 27, 2019
    Season 1, even though is the shortest season of breaking bad it is able to pack so much into its characters and gets you invested into one of the greatest shows of all time. 9.5/10
  • Oct 20, 2019
    Breaking Bad starts strong with its strong and vibrant storytelling, compelling characters, and fantastic acting.
  • Oct 19, 2019
    The best tv pilot ever. Arguably the greatest television show ever made.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    Amazing !! Must see for anyone.
  • Oct 14, 2019
    The Kick off to the best show of all time!
  • Oct 13, 2019
    An amazing start to possibly one of the greatest TV shows to date. This season successfully explores who Walter White is and what causes him to break bad. While a few episodes do have a slower pacing than others, this season is still far from being disappointing!
  • Oct 12, 2019
    Holds up re-watch after re-watch. Bryan Cranston as a man squashed by life and circumstances... and his wife (lol) is so endearing to me despite not really being such a nice guy. Walt and Jesse's adorably dark antics are gold, just gold.

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