• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 20, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
96

Universal acclaim - based on 15 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 15
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 15
  3. Negative: 0 out of 15
  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Jul 14, 2011
    100
    A taut exercise in withheld disaster, Breaking Bad is riveting.
  2. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jul 14, 2011
    91
    Giancarlo Esposito's Gus will prove once again that he is the most shockingly unknowable of villains. Yes, Breaking Bad is back, and bent on upending every expectation you bring to it.
  3. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 13, 2011
    100
    They know how great the show looks, they know how much their actors can give them, and they know just how much they can get away with.
  4. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 14, 2011
    80
    Like "The Sopranos," Breaking Bad finds nuance and drama within this compromised world, and in the process suggests intriguing and sometimes unsettling parallels to the world in which the rest of us live.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 14, 2011
    100
    A stunning, brilliant, terrifying launch to TV's best series.
  6. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jul 7, 2011
    100
    The Show has evolved into a modern underworld Western--there's nothing else like it. [18 Jul 2011, p.41]
  7. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 18, 2011
    100
    None of these twists are for the faint of heart, which is why Breaking Bad is a smart, thought-provoking TV show that elevates the artistic achievements of the medium.
  8. Reviewed by: Renee Scolaro Mora
    Jul 18, 2011
    80
    One of Gus' thugs (Jeremiah Bitsui) simplifies all of his chemistry class geek-speak in the season opener: "It all comes down to following a recipe. Simple, complicated, it doesn't matter. The steps never change." The same might be said of Breaking Bad: it's a formula made of actions and reactions, choices and consequences.
  9. Reviewed by: Curt Wagner
    Aug 1, 2011
    100
    The visual style pours as much emotional juice into the boiling, moody brew that Gilligan cooks up as his actors' searing performances do.
  10. Reviewed by: Brian Holcomb
    Jul 20, 2011
    100
    This is one of the rarest finds on television: a show where cast and character are so perfectly matched by a creator who understands exactly what journey he wants take his audience on.
  11. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 13, 2011
    100
    Breaking Bad is unquestionably one of the greatest dramas in TV history. What it should be rewarded and applauded for is the wanton willingness to throw the concomitant success of all that away in the service of the story.
  12. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 14, 2011
    90
    In season 3, the show perfected its approach to good old-fashioned suspense, added some terrific characters to its great core cast and its queasy moral quandaries became ever more compelling and addictive. At this point, it's just not possible to look away.
  13. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 15, 2011
    100
    For those who prefer a more riveting, nail-biting variety of TV, one of cable's darkest masterpieces of mayhem is back after a long absence, having lost none of its sinister allure in its fourth season.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 12, 2011
    100
    Either appropriately or ironically for a show about meth cookers, Bad is simply one of TV's great addictions.
  15. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jul 15, 2011
    100
    Creator Vince Gilligan's much-lauded meth lab saga Breaking Bad, which is back for what looks to be another superior season Sunday night on AMC, is one of those shows that comes from such a dark hole of the American cultural psyche that you sometimes have to wonder how it ever made it on TV.
User Score
9.4

Universal acclaim- based on 1404 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 2 out of 138
  1. Oct 20, 2011
    10
    This season was mind blowing. It's slow at the beginning, but which season isn't? The ending is so amazing, but somewhat predictable. But that's ok! For once, you get what you expect! Amazing season, amazing show and amazing televison. Full Review »
  2. Aug 18, 2011
    10
    tense , expertly written , brilliant cast , stunning locations , if you have not seen this , watch now , best drama EVER , the only criticism i have is that its only 60mins long Full Review »
  3. Nov 8, 2011
    10
    Brilliant show. The writing on this is the best I have ever seen, and nothing in this genre comes close. Amazing casting with fantastic performances from the entire cast. The suspense is crippling at times and the show leaves you breathless on many occasions. It is hard to tackle this subject material without being corny, pretentious, or dull but they execute flawlessly. Cranston has taken a character and made it his own to the point you forget him being Malcom's dad. Its dark, gritty, but also has moments of real comedic genius. The way the show is shot reminds me a lot of the early work of Sam Mendes and they do so on a much smaller budget. I tell everyone to watch this show because it is some of the best work ever to be on television. Full Review »