Breaking Bad is an 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 Grand Finale airing on September 29, 2013.
Mild-mannered Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high school chemistry teacher in Albuquerque, New Mexico with unrecognized genius in his field, 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 (Anna Gunn) 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 (Dean Norris), 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 (Aaron Paul), 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.
A prequel series has been created about 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. A movie, focused on Jesse, is also in the works.
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.
We will only Walter White out spoilers for the fourth and fifth seasons (and even those aren't 100% guaranteed). If you do not want to know what happens in those seasons, we suggest you tread lightly, bitch!
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