When AMC broke into original programming, they didn't mess around, following up the acclaimed first season of "Mad Men" with a series about a high school chemistry teacher who starts cooking and selling crystal meth with one of his former students. Sounds like wholesome family programming, right? "Breaking Bad" became must-see TV from the pilot episode's riveting opening scene, and creator Vince Gilligan hasn't let up since. With a sensational cast, led by two-time Emmy winner Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, "Breaking Bad" emerged as one of the best shows on TV. And now it's about to end.
As you'll see below, we've been on the bandwagon from the get-go. Check out our interviews with Cranston, Paul, Gilligan and other castmembers, read through our reviews of the first and second season DVDs, and don't miss the recap of our set visit in Albuquerque, New Mexico, as well as our Breaking Bad Blog and more!
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle | Sept. 13, 2013
I think Lydia’s got a little bit of an issue with women. She was, like, supernaturally scared of Skyler. She high-tailed it out of there way faster than she would have if it had been a guy.
Mike Ehrmantraut | August 30, 2012
That was an emotional parting. When we were running lines, it was all of a sudden for the first time when I realized, “As far as the show, this is it. This is the last time we’re ever gonna see each other.” So that was tough. That was tough.
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, Betsy Brandt | July 14, 2011
Bryan Cranston on the richness of the series: It's fascinating how we can evolve a crime story, a man's devolvement into this new world, and yet it's a family drama as well. It's like a hybrid of different concepts.
July 15, 2011
It’s been a long, cold wait for Walter White to start making meth again, but "Breaking Bad" is finally back on AMC. Will Harris previews the fourth season with a look at what's in store.
Walter White | Nov. 13, 2009
In the history of television, it's never been done before: to introduce a character with one set of circumstances and conditions, get to know that guy and who he is and how he thinks and how he walks and talks, and completely change him.
Jesse Pinkman | Jan. 14, 2010
Jesse goes through a huge change throughout season three. He kind of accepts who he is and maybe he accepts he's not really that good of a person. It's very sad. This season is really intense. It's much darker, if that's possible.
Skyler White | June 15, 2010
On 'Breaking Bad's' everchanging scripts : You maybe start going down one road, and you say, “You know what? Let's veer off on this path over here'. It's quite like life: you don't ever really know what's coming around the corner.
Gus Fring | July 08, 2010
('Breaking Bad') has provided an outlet for thinking man's television. It has truly encapsulated the form perfectly this year, and I hope to be involved in the fourth season and have more excitement go on that's equally as sublime and powerful.
Hank Schrader | May 03, 2010
People love Hank as a common guy…and I love playing Hank as a common guy, too! Hank was so much more fun in Season 1 as a bit of comic relief to the dark stuff that was going on. Now he's become part of the dark stuff that's going on.
Series creator | Jan. 25, 2010
My hat's off to anyone who sustains a series for more than a season or two, because it's tough. To me, the way you hook people is to parcel it out slowly. Don't fill the waters with every bit of chum you have. Just put a little bit of bait.
Albuquerque, NM | Jan. 25, 2010
Aaron: When I read ('Breaking Bad'), I was, like, 'This is quite possibly the best thing I've ever read.' But I'm, like, 'AMC is never going to pick this up,' you know? 'How are they going to make this a series?'
Saul Goodman | Jan. 14, 2010
I think Saul gets taken out, but I don't know when or by whom…or if it'll happen, really. The other thing is, I've said that to a couple of people, and I've also had people say, 'Oh, no, no, no, no. Saul's the only guy who walks away!'
The "Breaking Bad" boys (06/20/2010)
Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul and Vince Gilligan sat down for a roundtable chat in the days leading up to the Season 3 finale.
"Breaking Bad" roundtable (03/19/2010)
Will Harris sat in on a group discussion with Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn and Bob Odenkirk during the Winter 2010 TCA Press Tour.
Aaron Paul (03/09/2009)
We first spoke to Aaron Paul after Season 1 had aired and the debut of Season 2 was on the horizon.
Krysten Ritter (10/24/2009)
See what actress Krysten Ritter had to say about the tragic end to her time as Jane on "Breaking Bad."
When you're an easily-amused TV critic, every day is filled with wonderful surprises which range from the arrival of an advance screener of an episode of one of your favorite shows to the opportunity to interview one of your favorite actors. Once in a while, though, something arrives via E-mail which blows your mind completely…and, in this case, it was a personal letter from Bryan Cranston inviting us to visit Albuquerque, NM, to tour the "Breaking Bad" set, talk to a few castmembers and, the highlight of the trip, join Cranston and co-star Aaron Paul for a night of authentic (and delicious) southwestern food, fantastic conversation and several pitchers of tasty margaritas. Check out our recap of the trip on the Bullz-Eye Blog!
Breaking Bad: Season 1
A shortened but brilliant debut season. You'll be hooked in the first few moments of the pilot.
Breaking Bad: Season 2
Consequences galore as Walt and Jesse continue to build their Blue Sky empire.
Breaking Bad: Season 3
Walt's personal and professional lives collide, leading to high drama, major tension, and plenty of action.
Breaking Bad: Season 4
Walt shows his true colors as he faces off against Gus Fring and makes enemies with his only friends.
The question at hand was whether or not Mr. White would be able to keep his ego in check successfully enough to take over Gus’s meth empire. The answer: not entirely.
With an end date now in sight, the series has grown more gripping than ever, and there’s little doubt that we’ll see Hank (Dean Norris) figure out what Walt (Cranston) has been doing behind the back of him and his fellow DEA agents.
The character relationships on "Breaking Bad" are among the most fluid of just about any series on television, but then, so are the characters themselves.
We've been psyched for Season Three of 'Breaking Bad' ever since Season Two ended. Thus far, we have not been disappointed.
When you think about it, 'Breaking Bad' is a lot like Walt and Jesse's outrageous drug-dealing business model – the formula is just crazy enough to work.
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