Breaking Bad: Season 1 (2008)

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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.

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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
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Air date: Mar 2, 2008
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Air date: Mar 9, 2008

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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 (29) | Top Critics (21)

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…

Breaking Bad explores an anxious slice of contemporary life, at just the moment its restrained protagonist cuts loose into unchained mania.

Jan 20, 2008 | Full Review…
Top Critic

What a show.

Jan 15, 2019 | Full Review…

There's a reason it's the biggest watercooler series to arrive in the last decade.

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

While the pilot let viewers know how exhilarating the show would be, the third episode let them know how brutal it would become too...

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

A poignant, and at times, downright heartbreaking series.

Jun 13, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 1

½

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."

KJP

Super Reviewer

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

EugeneB

Super Reviewer

½

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

WildalyM

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

Super Reviewer

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