Breaking Bad is an AMC neo-western crime drama series which 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 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 falls apart when he realizes that his medical bills will destroy his family's future: In addition to raising a son with cerebral palsy (RJ Mitte), his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) has a baby on the way. After participating in a ride-along with his DEA brother-in-law Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), Walter sees a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), escape a drug bust through dumb luck. Seeing a potential ladder into the methamphetamine market, Walter entraps Jesse and makes him a proposition: Walter will use his chemical expertise and Jesse's drug connections to manufacture crystal meth and make them both rich, thus saving Walt's family from financial ruin.
Their product, nicknamed "Blue Sky" for its bluish tint, makes waves in the drug trade for its purity — a benefit of having a peerless chemist designing the drug. But their work attracts the worst kind of attention from both local drug pushers and law enforcement. The pair find themselves juggling production problems, rival suppliers, psychotic distributors, and federal investigations — but they also wrestle with personal problems as the work takes a toll on their loved ones and psyches.
A prequel centering on Ascended Extra Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) debuted in Febuary 2015 under the title Better Call Saul. It delves into the lives of the Alberquerque underworld before Walter White. Jonathan Banks and Giancarlo Esposito reprise their roles as Mike and Gus, respectively. A Netflix sequel movie, El Camino, was released in October 2019 and wrapped up Jesse's story, serving as Grand Finale of the entire Breaking Bad universe.
Sony has an official Spanish-language remake of the show Metástasis. The show follows the same general premise of Breaking Bad, but alters specific details about the setting and characters so audiences in Mexico and South America better understand the story. Due to its following the standard scheduling format for telenovelas, Metástasis was able to run daily without the original series' weekly schedule or inter-season hiatuses. As a result, it premiered on Unimás on June 8, 2014 and aired its finale just under three months later.
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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