• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 20, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3 , 4 , 5
Metascore
99

Universal acclaim - based on 22 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 22 out of 22
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 22
  3. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Reviewed by: Emily Nussbaum
    Aug 22, 2012
    100
    Breaking Bad [is] a radical type of television, and also a very strange kind of must-watch: a show that you dread and crave at the same time.
  2. Reviewed by: Laura Emerick
    Jul 16, 2012
    100
    The season five preĀ­miere "Live Free or Die", more than maintains the series' record of excellence.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jul 16, 2012
    100
    Bad has taken the complexity of modern television storytelling to new levels. [23 Jul 2012, p.37]
  4. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jul 16, 2012
    100
    The arc of this character--series creator Vince Gilligan's invention of Walter White as a sick soul--is, it's clear now. one of the great narratives in Television histpory. [13 Jul 2012, p.62]
  5. Reviewed by: Jesse Cataldo
    Jul 13, 2012
    100
    Breaking Bad continues at the same disciplined, regimented pace, fussing over small details and picking at new threads, even with the end looming.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 13, 2012
    100
    The first half of the final season gets underway for AMC's masterpiece of intensity Breaking Bad.
  7. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    Jul 13, 2012
    100
    It might be 16 of the best upcoming hours on television.
  8. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    Jul 13, 2012
    100
    It has plenty to say about the things humans are capable of and, like most great series, it rewards the careful viewer.
  9. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    The creeping sense of dread has been part of what has made Breaking Bad so engrossing.
  10. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    Gilligan and company keep on pushing Breaking Bad to new highs.
  11. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    Bad is too complex a series and too brilliantly distinctive a creation to be reduced to a simple "Crime does not pay" motto.
  12. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    It wants to entertain you, to draw you in with exciting, exacting plotting, and precisely drawn characters.
  13. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    From the two new episodes made available to critics for review, it's clear that the quality of Breaking Bad will continue undiminished.
  14. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    Breaking Bad is one of the great shows of television's Golden Age, and the first two episodes of the show's fifth season will give viewers no reason to think otherwise.
  15. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    A show that manages year after year to accomplish that rare blend of Hollywood darling and fan favorite.
  16. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    Series creator Vince Gilligan wrote the first two episodes of this eight-episode batch, and they crackle, as always, with intelligence and an ever-lingering sense of dread.
  17. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jul 12, 2012
    100
    Taut, efficient and directed with a scalpel, Breaking Bad remains a marvel.
  18. It's never easy to say goodbye to a drama as mind-blowingly magnificent as Breaking Bad, but savvy creator Vince Gilligan has picked the right time to put his end game into motion
  19. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Jul 11, 2012
    100
    It's not a matter of wondering if Breaking Bad will be great, but where in the pantheon it will ultimately reside.
  20. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jul 10, 2012
    100
    Simply put, there's no more unpredictable series, and its delicate handling of combustible ingredients will be admired and studied by writers for years to come.
  21. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 10, 2012
    100
    Even with Walt's apparent victory over all who would seek to deny him, his genius and his strength, Breaking Bad is still a perfect model of filmed suspense.
  22. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jul 14, 2012
    67
    After some demented inspiration from Jesse (Aaron Paul), Walt launches a caper so audacious, it's almost comical.
User Score
9.7

Universal acclaim- based on 3201 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 317
  1. Jul 16, 2012
    10
    Now the summer is really beginning! I don't know how it does it but Breaking Bad gets better and better with every season.The acting stays magnificent and the directing and writing gets darker.In the last two scenes of last night's premiere I was afraid of Walt more than I was afraid of Gus,I think that's because it's kind of frightening the way he changed.Heisenberg is the king now! It's going to be a wild ride! Full Review »
  2. Jul 15, 2012
    10
    Just terrific.
    Breaking Bad still the best cinematic effort of 2000s, The acting in this premiere was beyond anything we have on cinema or
    television nowdays (see the genius of Jonathan Banks). The super-magnet scene was more than epic. Full Review »
  3. RFX
    Jul 15, 2012
    10
    The acting? Amazing. The screenplay? Outstanding. The twists, turns and nail-biting suspense that the show is known for? Yes ma'am. Breaking Bad is back, and it's better than ever. Full Review »