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  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 20, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
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  • Summary: Walter (Bryan Cranston) has to deal with the fallout from his dishonesty, which led to the plane crash and his wife, Skyler, leaving him.
  • Genre(s): Drama, Suspense
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  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
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  1. Soak in the visuals, listen to the mesmerizing use of sound. The writing and acting will lure you in, but have appreciation for all the details that go into making this series so great.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    100
    This show--still TV's best--remains utterly true to itself.
  3. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    100
    The show keeps delivering the kind of mind-expanding dramatic highs that ought to require a prescription.
  4. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    90
    The stakes couldn’t be higher, or the drama more compelling. Breaking Bad is back, badder and better than ever.
  5. Bad challenges anxious viewers, but it remains one of TV's best hours, thanks to strong performances from the entire cast and the steady, guiding hand of executive producer Vince Gilligan, who proves in tonight's episode that he values realistic, risk-taking storytelling over the more convenient status quo.
  6. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    90
    It's a drama that has chosen the slow burn over the flashy explosion, and it's all the hotter for that choice.
  7. Breaking Bad is as good as a show on this subject could possibly get, but the subject has its drawbacks. I like it, I admire it, but I can't say I enjoy it.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 66 out of 70
  2. Negative: 1 out of 70
  1. Nov 10, 2010
    10
    Stage a marathon watching if you haven't caught this gem yet. Best show on TV, the best ever produced imho. Season 1 was pretty good, season 2 uneven but good overall, season 3 breathtaking. I'm still counting the days until season 4 premiers. Aaron Paul earned his Emmy!!! I wish I could shake his hand and give him a thank you hug/kiss. I love the writers and directors, they are brilliant. Expand
  2. Aug 19, 2010
    10
    I've never seen anything like it, refreshingly original and brutally logical. Brilliantly cast and acted all around. It manages to stay unpredictable with absolutely no hint of jumping the shark. Just watch it. Expand
  3. Jul 21, 2011
    10
    I just reviewed season 1 and 2 because I discovered this great series later than most. And I will say what I have said twice before. This is the greatest show on tv, period. This season, specifically, is even better than it's previous seasons. I just can't believe how they can keep making this masterpiece of a television series. A movie cannot bring you the feeling you get when you watch this show. There are 33 episodes after season 3's end. each episode is 45 minutes. That is hours of character development, intense scenes, breathtaking action and suspense, and fantastic cinematography. This show is the greatest entertainment I have ever scene. No other movie or show has made me so excited when something crazy happens in the show. No other source of media has made me feel hopeless for a character as much as Breaking Bad. This is one of the best forms of entertainment, period. This show deserves the awards and deserves the praise it has received. In my opinion, this is the best season yet. The episode "One Minute" is hands down my favorite episode in the entire series. I can never explain how much I enjoy this show. I say that if you haven't seen this show yet, do it ASAP! It's a masterpiece. Brilliance. Expand
  4. Sep 25, 2013
    10
    I've never seen anything like it, This is easily the best show on television right now Just keeps getting better as the seasons go on, not many shows can manage that Expand
  5. Jan 31, 2014
    10
    I feel this is the season where things got real! The whole story became so much darker and intense. The characters have completely changed from the first season. All of the performances excelled in this season. Bryan Cranston well deservingly received his third consecutive Primetime Emmy Award for Best Actor. I especially loved episodes such as, Fly, Half Measures and Full Measure. Expand
  6. Dec 12, 2013
    9
    Breaking Bad simply gets better and better, and season 3 continues to show Walt as a changing man moving on to bigger and better things. Especially towards the end of the season the pace speeds up, creating constant revelations from the characters that build up to an explosive final episode. Expand
  7. Aug 27, 2013
    3
    I loved Breaking Bad when it started. The acting, directing and writing were next to none. In particular, its unflinching realism was excellent, and the logical difficulties that the protagonist was met with would be the same as it would be the same as it would be for any of us.

    By Season 3 however the game has changed. The main character allows himself to be treated like dirt by his wife, who fast becomes one of the most annoying characters on television. Her high-handed, hypocritical, judgemental (and occasionally irrational) moralisation detracts from the complexities of the family's position. Meanwhile, the fact that the main character's response is humility is specifically frustrating.

    On the other hand we have the main character and his sidekick/partner fighting "cat and dog" as one character puts it. The reason for their disagreements seem tenuous. This relationship was the underpinning of the series; so its near absence detracts greatly from Breaking Bad Season 3. The new "Big Bad" cartel boss, whilst initially, expertly portrayed, soon veers off into implausibility. Sloppy writing "where did the baby disappear", idiocy "are you going to pepper spray me?" and character changes "lets buy a car-wash" abound. There is no episode without flaws, although episode 5, "Más", is by far the weakest. *pity*
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