[[caption-width-right:300:[[Music/TheNotoriousBIG Mo' money, mo' problems]].]]
->''"Some straight like you, giant stick up his ass, all of a sudden, age -- what, sixty? He's just gonna break bad?"''
-->-- '''Jesse Pinkman'''

''Breaking Bad'' is an Creator/{{AMC}} series that debuted in January 2008 with a seven-episode season (shortened because of the writers' strike) and soon found itself renewed for a full-run second season. The show ran for five seasons in total, with its GrandFinale airing on the 29th of September 2013.

Mild-mannered Walter White (Creator/BryanCranston), a high school chemistry teacher in UsefulNotes/{{Albuquerque}}, UsefulNotes/NewMexico with unrecognized genius in his field, [[YourDaysAreNumbered receives a diagnosis of inoperable lung cancer]] after a meager lifetime of playing it safe. His world starts to fall apart as he realizes how his medical bills will cripple the finances for his family: his pregnant wife, Skyler (Creator/AnnaGunn) and his teenage son with cerebral palsy, Walter Jr. (RJ Mitte). After participating in a ride-along with his DEA brother-in-law Hank Schrader (Creator/DeanNorris), Walter learns about the highly dangerous methamphetamine market -- and how much money someone can make selling crystal meth. During the ride-along, Walter sees a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman (Creator/AaronPaul), escape a drug bust by sheer dumb luck. Walter approaches Jesse later that evening with an idea: Walter will use his chemical expertise and Jesse's drug trade connections to manufacture and sell the purest crystal meth ever made (and save his family from financial ruin as a result).

Walter and Jesse's blue-colored meth becomes a major hit in the illegal drug trade due to its high quality -- a benefit of having an incredibly skilled chemist manufacturing the drug -- but their work attracts the worst kind of attention from both fellow drug pushers and law enforcement. Walter and Jesse end up dealing with production problems, rival suppliers, psychotic distributors, and federal investigations -- but they also deal with the personal problems they both need to work out with their families and themselves.

[[Series/{{Better Call Saul}} A prequel series]] has been created about [[HeroOfAnotherStory Saul Goodman]], which delves into the lawyer's career before he met Walter White. The show debuted in February 2015. Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito reprise their roles as Mike and Gus respectively in ''Better Call Saul''.

Sony has an official Spanish-language remake of the show ''Metástasis''. The show follows the same general premise of ''Breaking Bad'', but alter specific details about the setting and characters so audiences in Mexico and South America better understand the story. "Metástasis" premiered on Unimás on June 8, 2014.

''This show has a [[Recap/BreakingBad Recap page]] that NeedsWikiMagicLove. You can also vote on your favorite episode [[http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/crowner.php/BestEpisode/BreakingBad here.]]''

'''We will only [[PersonAsVerb Walter White]] out spoilers for the fourth and fifth seasons (and even those aren't 100% guaranteed). [[Memes/BreakingBad If you do not know what happens in those seasons, we suggest you tread lightly]], [[ThisIsForEmphasisBitch bitch]]!'''

!!These ''are'' the tropes that knock:
* BreakingBad/TropesAToB
* BreakingBad/TropesCToD
* BreakingBad/TropesEToL
* BreakingBad/TropesMToR
* BreakingBad/TropesSToZ

--> ''# [[Music/{{Badfinger}} My baby blue...]] #''