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: 4416

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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…

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…
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…

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…

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…

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…

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 1

  • 7h ago
    It took me a few episodes to really get invested. But, once I was hooked, I was absolutely hooked.
  • Jul 25, 2020
    "EL INICIO DE "LA" SERIE" En cuanto vez por primera vez a Walter White cocinando su famoso producto junto con su rebelde compañero Jesse Pinkman, no tienes ni idea de todo el viaje que te espera en este tren de emociones y pautas de alto nivel en todos los aspectos posibles, llega al punto para personas que devoran series de TV que Breaking Bad se convirtió en la serie que tomo el podio definitivo del primer lugar y lo sostiene con orgullo sobre los años.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    The first season of the now iconic show was great, a sometimes messy but thoroughly engaging mix of seedy crime, character drama and splashes of very dark humour. The characters are distinct and memorable, and it's very entertaining seeing personalities clash and play off each other. The standouts and leads of the series, the reluctant, sympathetic Walter White and juvenile stoner Jesse are very well-acted and entertaining, their naïveté making the pair's increasingly dire situation all the more tense and relateable. The series plays out more or less like a tragicomedy, and while sometimes the dilemmas and caricature-like nature of the criminals they encounter seem often quite exaggerated and eye-rollingly clichéd at times (the series really only shines through from the contrast and juxtaposition of the family drama and the drug-addling cartel stuff, not particularly too nuanced in either's presentation) season 1 of Breaking Bad was still a fresh, thrilling watch with interesting characters and plotlines. I can't wait to see what comes next.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Breaking Bad Season 1 | Detailed note: 8.9
  • Jul 07, 2020
    A- 9/10 ............
  • Jul 05, 2020
    The first season of Breaking Bad is what I consider a really well acted setup for the insanity of season 2. I have never seen this before so I'm taking a wild guess. It's about a chemistry teacher that is diagnosed with lung cancer, and realizes that he can make money out of cooking meth. He does this to secure the future of his family. By the end of the season you can see Walter starting to become less afraid and way more confident. I am really curious to see what they do in season 2, since they have all the possibilites in the world to develop this.
  • Jun 25, 2020
    Empieza bien ... y finaliza de forma espectacular! Ya se perfilaba como una Gran Serie!
  • Jun 16, 2020
    the best show ever which is so damn realistic.
  • Jun 10, 2020
    One of the greatest shows out there. 9/10 (-1 for the fifth season)
  • Jun 04, 2020
    Really good first season, although the conclusion feels rather abrupt (writers strike).

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