This isn't a show I'd typically watch, and the pilot didn't exactly reel me in, but I stuck through it by suggestion of a friend and by episode 4-5, I was hooked. I don't think I've ever seen a show filmed in such a way, and with such a storyline, and the characters -- you either hate them or you love them. Unexpectedly, my two favorite characters so far are Hank, the hard, but loveable beefcake, and Saul, who isn't a criminal lawyer, but a *criminal* lawyer. There's a lot of blood and guts, drugs (of course), and a whole lot of screaming, but if you can get past that, you may be able to get into this show.
Warning: I watched all three seasons in one weekend.
Maybe you remember a certain sitcom from the late 90's called Malcolm in the Middle. It got attention for a few respects: First, it had a reasonably realistic portrayal of a genius kid in its title character. Malcolm didn't run around being a computer math nerd - he never asked for his mental gifts, resented being in the special class, played pranks, fought with his parents, and cared about his image in school. The show's mother, Lois, could have been a certified nutcase. She was a loud fire-breather … more
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One of several fascinating original series from cable's American Movie Channel, Breaking Bad was produced by Vince Gilligan of X-Files fame. Former Malcolm in the Middle regular Bryan Cranston starred as high school chemistry teacher Walter White, who at age 49 was told that he was suffering from terminal lung cancer--even though he'd never smoked a cigarette in his life. Unable to pay for his medical treatment or provide for the future financial security of his pregnant wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) and his son Walt Jr. (RJ Mitte), the latter a victim of cerebral palsy, Walter began moonlighting at a car wash. When this proved inadequate to make ends meet, Walter entered into a slighly unholy alliance with former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul).
Using Walter's chemical knowhow, the two partners set up a crystal meth lab, with Walter supplying and Jesse dealing. Now the unfortunate Mr. White found himself straddling two worlds, one legitimate, one definitely not. Adding to Walter's crown of thorns was the omnipresence of his brother-in-law Hank (Dean Norris), a DEA agent who'd been trying to bust Jesse for several months--and who of course had to be kept completely in the dark as to Walter's new "sideline." Breaking Bad debuted on January 20, 2008. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide Close