Breaking Bad: Season 3 (2010)

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Breaking Bad's well-toned storytelling flares up this season with dramatic story changes and calculated direction.

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Air date: Mar 21, 2010

Skyler is planning to divorce Walt now that she knows about the crystal meth. Jesse finishes rehab.

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Air date: Mar 28, 2010

Walter Jr is having a rough time accepting his parents separation. Jesse buys his old house from his parents. Meanwhile, two mysterious men have come into town looking for Walt.

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Air date: Apr 4, 2010

Walt has moved back into the house without Skyler's consent. Now she can't get him out. Meanwhile, Jesse continues to cope with Jane's death.

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Air date: Apr 11, 2010

Walt's world crumbles even more when he finds out that Skyler is cheating on him. Jesse tries to set up a meeting with Gus to try and sell his own version of the blue meth. Meanwhile, Hank is growing obsessed with finding Heisenberg.

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Air date: Apr 18, 2010

Gus tries to get Walt back in the business by offering him three million dollars and a brand new lab. Jesse is furious that Walt received half of the money for his blue meth. Hank tries to track down the RV meth lab.

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Air date: Apr 25, 2010

Walt's new business and assistant, Gale, are making his life much easier. Hank trails the RV back to Jesse. When Walt finds out, he tries to destroy the RV.

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Air date: May 2, 2010

Jesse ends up in the hospital after getting beaten up by Hank. Now he is threatening to press charges against the DEA. To stop him, Walt decides to bring Jesse on as his partner, once again.

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Air date: May 9, 2010

Hank ends up in the hospital after being attacked by Tuco's cousins. Walt spends too much time by his family's side when he should be cooking meth.

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Air date: May 16, 2010

Skyler hatches a plan as Hank's hospital bills stack up. Meanwhile, Walt and Gus come to a better understanding as Jesse, looking for more independence, pursues a new opportunity.

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Air date: May 23, 2010

There is a fly loose in the lab. Walt and Jesse must do whatever they can to kill it before it contaminates the meth.

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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 3

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (18)

Walter has long since become irredeemable... But Cranston is magnetic; it's no wonder he snagged a third consecutive Emmy for this season.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

With its sense of place, its spare dialogue and its oddball peripheral characters, Breaking Bad is the closest that TV comes to the best Coen brothers movies. That's pretty high praise.

Jan 15, 2014 | Full Review…

Through it all, Breaking Bad still has the power to make a viewer care about what befalls the Whites.

Jan 15, 2014 | Rating: A | Full Review…
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The shadows are deep enough over "Breaking Bad" that it's hard to imagine a ray of hope or light shining through anywhere. But the actors and writers are so good that, like Walt, we'll keep looking for it.

Mar 21, 2010 | Full Review…

AMC's "Breaking Bad" - still the best drama you're not watching.

Mar 21, 2010 | Full Review…

"Breaking Bad'' is one of the most cinematic TV series I've ever seen, a visually sophisticated work in which every shot has been micromanaged, every color has something to say.

Mar 21, 2010 | Full Review…

Breaking Bad is well on its way to becoming an American dramatic classic.

Feb 12, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

It's funny, heartbreaking, and extremely intense, leading up to a season finale that builds and builds until you find yourself screaming at your television.

Oct 18, 2019 | Full Review…

A subdued affair save for multiple homicides and a nightmarish undercurrent that ran throughout.

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No half measures for this series, ever. And harking back to the brilliant "Fly" episode, the contamination (moral) is now complete.

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While you'll revel in the stillness of the sporadic long, compelling takes, Breaking Bad has in no way lost its zing, quirk or remarkably realistic craziness.

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As a show it's never been overly concerned with your expectations of it, and certainly not with your preconceptions of TV traditions as a whole; it just does what it does and lets you catch up in your own time.

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Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 3

  • Sep 04, 2020
    This whole series is absolutely terrific. My only grouse is the mumbled, whispered acting of actress Annie Gunn. I turn the volume full on when she appears on the screen and, even then, I can't tell what she's saying half the time.
  • Aug 29, 2020
    SPOLIERS AHEAD READ LAST FEW SENTENCES FOR OVERALL RECOMMENDATION After watching this season months after the first two and consecutively with the 4th, this season was while not what the 4th was is almost like its the same season and is incredibly important to the 4th. The seasons villains included the likes of Walt's almost ex wife who the writers made the good choice of allowing her to figure out the bulk of her husbands illegal activity on her own. Although we know Walt has traveled far in terms of a conscience for some reason the show ingeniously gets its audience to want to see Walt win. Even against his wife who is simply trying to protect her family from Walt's activity's and escape him and the lies he told her. After everything we as the audience saw him put her through in the first two seasons her reaction was understandable but not exactly what I wanted to see. Luckily what I did want to see came to fruition when Skyler eventually decides she is gonna make the best of her situation and marriage after Walt refuses to divorce her and leave the house. The other villains of the season include some of my personal favorite characters The Cousins who I was at first very confused about since it had been a while since I saw the first two seasons but even without that information it was clear that these two were deadly, highly trained, and awesome. Their silence was almost as deadly as them and their screen presence always gave the feeling of danger. My disappointment at their eventual deaths was great at first but there is no doubt they had a lasting influence on the show after Hanks fatal encounter that eventually ended his ability to walk and their ability to live. Then there was Jessie and Hank who aren't exactly overall villains but ended up being a lot of trouble for Walt throughout the season. The show always knows how to build tension as it proves in each season and although that RV scene wasn't to the level of Tuco's home it still was a close call. Also Jessies arc this season was interesting as he accepts himself as a villain and deals with the death of Jane but soon realizes that the advice given to him by his Rehab therapist only led him to make worse decisions which he confronts in the next Season. In the season he is saved by Walt from death by Gus after he takes issue with the use of children in the drug game. This causes Gus to attempt a peaceful accord with his employees but ends with the child Jessie was attempting to protect being killed which sets him on a warpath. Walt helps Jessie escape Gus's wrath which causes Gus to try and end them both. Walt is able to get information to Jessie that saves both of their lives as Gus needs Walt's Meth formula which he attempts to learn through the character of Gale who is eventually killed by Jessie which sets up his arc for next season. Although for most of the season Jessie is unlikable by the end he and Walt's bond is strengthened. Gus becomes the main antagonist for the end of the season and all of the next season and he is such a interesting character even when we don't know much about him. The way the show treats all its secondary characters it almost feels like they are main characters even if they don't get as much screen time as Walt and Jessie. Characters like Saul, Sky, Junior, Hank, Marie, Gus, and Mike are all somehow in one way or another human. They aren't simple, they don't have gimmicks they all have things they are dealing with, some more than others of course. The show never leaves a thread unsewn and I have yet to finish its 5th season. Despite it being shown up by season 4 this is still a fairly perfect season of television with interesting characters, arcs, and a plot that continues to build and build while slowly paying off each plot point throughout its seasons. Amazing show everyone should see.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Fantastic season, as usual. As we continue to get invested with these characters, we get a great pair of villains who spoke with their facials; they barely talked, but you could tell what they were doing. And, getting to know more about Gus Fring was amazing .
  • Jul 25, 2020
    "CONTINUA CON FUERZA" Sigue y sigue la serie que marco un hito en la TV, los arcos de los personajes se expanden, mientras vemos mas y mas el deterioro de sanidad en la mente de Walter White y como su pasado suburbano y su nueva personalidad criminal se pelean para ver quien toma la batuta.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    Breaking Bad Season 3 | Detailed note: 9.5
  • Jul 14, 2020
    Breaking Bad's third season it's definitely the best one yet, expanding on different archs that I wouldn't think they would be important at all. It goes without saying how great the acting is in this season, like on all other seasons. But I still feel this is the best performance by the cast so far. I found myself at times being more interested in the storylines of characters like Skylar than the actual main storyline of Walter and Jesse. Not saying Walt's and Jesse's storyline wasn't gripping enough, or anything like that. I respect seeing side-plots making me feel interested in them more than the main storyline. This season is the most entertaining and complete season yet, and it also flows perfectly into the next season, ending at a perfect time which isn't a cliffhanger but leaves you wanting for more, even though you are pretty sure what happens in the end. So, the third season of Breaking Bad is the best one yet, and my expectations for season 4 are really high.
  • Jul 07, 2020
    A+ 10/10 ..................
  • Jun 16, 2020
    a masterpiece and quite better than the sopranos.
  • Jun 08, 2020
    it is very bored Tv show . or the borest one I have ever seen . the storyline is very slow . i can't even finish it . just a few cast to grasp caracter building . i just wonder how some people consider it as the best show ever
  • May 23, 2020
    This and better call saul are the best shows ever

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