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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
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  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: 74 out of 78
  2. Negative: 1 out of 78
  1. Sep 11, 2010
    10
    This show has really gotten serious in a flash, making the show **** more awesome than Brian Cranston's first career, on Malcolm in theThis show has really gotten serious in a flash, making the show **** more awesome than Brian Cranston's first career, on Malcolm in the Middle. Excitement leaving you on your seat, anticipation that can keep you on the couch long enough waiting for the next episode, and humor that makes you laugh your ass off. I would recommend this TV show to someone who loves cliff- hangers, violence, the chemistry of meth, and hilarious characters, with a absolutely perfect storyline. Can't wait for season four!! 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 stayI'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. Collapse
  3. Jul 20, 2011
    10
    This shows plot flows like the storyline of an enticing book. Not quickly as to miss something, but not slow as to become boring. It's slow,This shows plot flows like the storyline of an enticing book. Not quickly as to miss something, but not slow as to become boring. It's slow, methodical plot is barely seen in any form of media. Its delivery is perfect, and its season finale will have you grasping for more. Expand
  4. Oct 28, 2013
    10
    Now this is what IAM talking about! Breaking BAD HAS RETURNED AGAIN BROS. In this season, there was a big suspense that ended season 2. So,Now this is what IAM talking about! Breaking BAD HAS RETURNED AGAIN BROS. In this season, there was a big suspense that ended season 2. So, this season kicks it off with it! No Spoilers but I am just telling you its badass. This season wraps up with an excellent Half Measures scene which is the charm about it. Cranston is perfect and Paul is epic. BREAKING BAD is still the best show on earth. Expand
  5. Jun 24, 2014
    10
    Breaking Bad continues to get better as Walter White dramatically changes into a drug kingpin. The show continues to be top notch and theBreaking Bad continues to get better as Walter White dramatically changes into a drug kingpin. The show continues to be top notch and the story lines are even better 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.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 wasI 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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