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: 4136
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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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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

  • 2d ago
    Great start for a great series.
  • 5d ago
    Breaking Bad: Season 1 perfectly sets up the world and characters.
  • Jan 05, 2020
    Simply a great opening for a great series.
  • Dec 15, 2019
    Up there with the godfather and scarface as all time classic. masterpiece
  • Dec 14, 2019
    Best CAST EVER on any TV show. Cranston off-the-charts great, but so is everyone. Thrill after thrill.
  • Dec 14, 2019
    An amazing show with great character arcs and storytelling.
  • Dec 14, 2019
    Vince Gilligan commits to a vision for a story, employs visual creativity and impeccable music - match this with an acting powerhouse and you have a show that is still great 10 years since its premier. Through deep character development over the course of 5 seasons, the show also explores many thought--provoking themes such as the philosophy of morality and the psychology of people.
  • Dec 02, 2019
    The first chapter in a historic narrative, Season 1 of Breaking Bad begins the flawless process of setting up the tone, tropes, imagery, and universe at large that will interweave and evolve throughout the rest of the show. Walter White's transformation begins in riveting fashion, and it's encased in an engrossing atmosphere of perfectly developed, believable characters, as well as gorgeous cinematography capturing brilliant acting guided by mastercraft writing. We're in for a ride.
  • 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.

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