Breaking Bad

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Breaking Bad
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Premiere January 20, 2008
Finale September 29, 2013
Creator Vince Gilligan
Network AMC
Style 60-minute drama
Company High Bridge Productions
Gran Via Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Seasons 5
Episodes 62
Origin USA

Breaking Bad is a drama that aired on AMC. The series stars Bryan Cranston as Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher with a handicapped teenage kid and a pregnant wife. When White is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he sets up a crystal meth lab with the aid of a former student and becomes wrapped up in a life of crime.

Contents

History

The series premiered on January 20, 2008. Originally intended to run 9 episodes, Season One ran for 7 after the Writers Guild of America went on strike just as it went into production. It was originally pitched to several cable television stations including HBO, Showtime and FX. Although FX reportedly liked the script, executives ultimately passed because they were concerned about whether or not advertisers would be willing to pay for spots during such a controversial show.

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Bryan Cranston Walter White 1 2 3 4 5
Anna Gunn Skyler White 1 2 3 4 5
Aaron Paul Jesse Pinkman 1 2 3 4 5
Dean Norris Hank Schrader 1 2 3 4 5
Betsy Brandt Marie Schrader 1 2 3 4 5
RJ Mitte Walter White, Jr. 1 2 3 4 5
Bob Odenkirk Saul Goodman 2 3 4 5
Giancarlo Esposito Gustavo Fring 2 3 4
Jonathan Banks Mike Ehrmantraut 2 3 4 5
Laura Fraser Lydia Rodarte-Quayle 5
Jesse Plemons Todd Alquist 5
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Charles Baker Skinny Pete 1 2 3 4 5
Matt L. Jones Brandon "Badger" Mayhew 1 2 3 4 5
Steven Michael Quezada Steven Gomez 1 2 3 4 5
Carmen Serano Carmen Molina 1 2 3 5
Christopher Cousins Ted Beneke 2 3 4 5
Tina Parker Francesca 2 3 4 5
Michael Shamus Wiles George Merkert 2 3 4 5
Jeremiah Bitsui Victor 2 3 4
Mark Margolis Hector Salamanca 2 3 4
Krysten Ritter Jane Margolis 2 3
Ian Posada Brock Cantillo 3 4 5
Emily Rios Andrea Cantillo 3 4 5
Lavell Crawford Huell Babineaux 4 5
Ray Campbell Tyrus Kitt 4

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
AMC
Season One January 20, 2008 March 9, 2008 7
Season Two March 8, 2009 May 31, 2009 13
Season Three March 21, 2010 June 13, 2010 13
Season Four July 17, 2011 October 9, 2011 13
Season Five July 15, 2012 September 29, 2013 16

In-Depth

DVD and Blu-ray Releases

DVD

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season February 24, 2009 2 purchase
The Complete Second Season March 16, 2010 4 purchase
The Complete Third Season June 7, 2011 4 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season June 5, 2012 4 purchase
The Fifth Season
First half of season five
June 14, 2013 4 purchase
The Final Season
Second half of season five
November 26, 2013 3 purchase

Blu-ray

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series November 26, 2013 16 purchase
Season Sets
The Complete First Season March 16, 2010 2 purchase
The Complete Second Season March 16, 2010 3 purchase
The Complete Third Season June 7, 2011 3 purchase
The Complete Fourth Season June 5, 2012 3 purchase
The Fifth Season
First half of season five
June 4, 2013 3 purchase
The Final Season
Second half of season five
November 26, 2013 2 purchase

External Sites