Breaking Bad

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Television series
German title Breaking Bad
Original title Breaking Bad
Breaking Bad logo.svg
Country of production United States
original language English , Spanish
Year (s) 2008-2013
High Bridge Productions ,
Gran Via Productions ,
Sony Pictures Television
length 45-56 minutes
Episodes 62 in 5 seasons ( list )
genre Drama , crime thriller
idea Vince Gilligan
production Vince Gilligan ,
Mark Johnson
music Dave Porter
First broadcast January 20, 2008 (USA) on AMC
first broadcast
February 4, 2009 on AXN

Breaking Bad ( to German mutatis mutandis "astray agreement," "embark on a life of crime") is an American crime - drama television series by Vince Gilligan . It shows the conversion of an on lung diseased staid chemistry teacher to ruthless criminals. The main role of chemistry teacher Walter White is played by Bryan Cranston , who received four Emmys for Best Actor during the series broadcast . The television series, which is mainly characterized by elements of drama and black humor , was produced by Sony Pictures Television for the cable broadcaster AMC . It consists of 62 episodes in five seasons and first aired in the United States from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. The German premiere took place on February 4, 2009.

In addition to Metástasis (2014), a Spanish-language remake of the entire series, a prequel series about the lawyer Saul Goodman was created with Better Call Saul (since 2015) and a sequel film with El Camino: A “Breaking Bad” film (2019) to the character Jesse Pinkman.


season 1

After learning of his life-threatening illness, the chemistry teacher Walter White accompanies his brother-in-law, Hank , who works at DEA , on a mission to excavate a methamphetamine laboratory. He sees his ex-student Jesse Pinkman , who is fleeing from the crime scene. Walter later visits him and forces Jesse to become his meth production partner. Jesse is mainly supposed to sell the premium drug made by Walter. With the proceeds, he wants to pay for his expensive treatment, which is not financed by the health insurance, and to build a reserve for the family if he does not survive. Jesse is impressed by the quality of the product and later, through his friend Skinny Pete, puts him in contact with the local drug boss Tuco Salamanca , who poses challenges for the two of them with his extreme impulse control disorder and his psychopathic behavior.

season 2

Hank meets Tuco and shoots him. With Walters and Jesse's meth growing in popularity, Jesse enlists his friends Badger, Skinny Pete, and Combo to sell it on the street. Jesse rents a semi-detached house and gets closer to his neighbor Jane. Skyler takes a job with her old employer. Badger is arrested, whereupon Walter and Jesse hire the lawyer Saul Goodmann. Walter fears his cancer has gotten worse and cooks a large amount of methamphetamine. However, his doctor tells him that his health has improved significantly. Combo is shot by a boy, so Skinny Pete stops dealing. Since Walter no longer has any dealers, Saul arranges a meeting with Gustavo Fring, whom Walter sells methamphetamine. Jesse gets together with Jane, who is a former junkie. She learns that Jesse is a dealer and he stops at her request. Since both are now dependent again, Jane's father asks her to go into drug therapy. Jesse and Jane want to move away to start a new life. But they still want to use up the remaining amount of heroin. Jane chokes on her vomit that night while Walter watches, but doesn't help her because he doesn't want them to move away. Jesse is shocked by her death and goes into drug therapy while Walter has an operation. Skyler notices that Walter is hiding something from her. Jane's father is mentally affected by Jane's death and makes a mistake in his job as an air traffic controller, as a result of which two planes collide and 167 people die.

season 3

After Skyler learns about Walter's drug deals, she wants a divorce, but Walter can make it clear to her that they must keep the background of the separation a secret. Jesse has beaten his heroin addiction for now and is returning home from therapy. After the falling out with Walter, he gets back into the methamphetamine business alone. Walter is convinced by Gus Fring, the owner of “Los Pollos” and business partner of the Mexican drug cartel , to work for him. He gets the chemist Gale Boetticher at his side. However, since Jesse wants to continue to produce methamphetamine and threatens Walter with the fact that he would reveal his identity if he is arrested, Walter gives in and has Gale replaced by Jesse. Meanwhile, two cousins ​​of Tuco Salamanca approach from the south to avenge his death. It is only thanks to the intervention of Gus Fring that they let go of Walter for the time being. They ambush Hank; However, he can overcome the two, but is shot and is from then on paralyzed . Walter is reassigned Gale as an assistant and realizes that he should replace him in the medium term. Shortly before the time comes, he can convince Jesse that he must murder Gale so that both of them are again indispensable for Gus.

Season 4

Because of Gale's murder, Jesse feels guilty, wants to distract herself with drugs and parties, and sinks more and more into a depression . Gus sees this as a threat to his business. So he and Mike Jesse try to convey the feeling that he plays an important role in the drug business. At the same time, the Mexican cartel is putting pressure on Gus, intercepting deliveries and killing his men. With the help of Jesse and Mike, Gus can poison the most important people in the cartel in one fell swoop.

Skyler becomes more and more of Walter's accomplice. Together they buy the car wash in which Walter worked before his diagnosis in order to do money laundering there. Hank suspects Gus, but Walter can dispel the suspicion. Walter wants to expand his power and makes plans to kill Gus. Through Jesse he finally learns of Gus' relationship with Héctor Salamanca. He visits Héctor in the nursing home and shows him a way to get revenge on Gus. Walter arranges a meeting between Gus and Héctor. At the meeting, Héctor detonates a bomb attached to his wheelchair, killing both men. After the attack, Walter and Jesse burn the laboratory down.

Season 5

After Gus' death, his double life becomes public. The DEA is investigating several suspects with whom he has cooperated. They are interrogated, but no one is willing to give the police information because they receive money for hushing up. Meanwhile, Walter wants to continue producing methamphetamine because he has lost a large part of his money. He can persuade Mike to get into the drug business because he needs money to keep the hush money payments going. In order to be able to continue the methamphetamine production, they convince Lydia Rodarte-Quayle, who already organized the chemicals for Gus, to work with them.

When petty criminal Todd Alquist shot and killed a young boy in cold blood while he was robbing a train, Mike and Jesse leave the drug business in disgust, and Todd becomes Walter's new assistant. A short time later, Walter shoots Mike in the dispute, and with the help of Todd's uncle Jack, he has all the remaining witnesses murdered in one fell swoop.

Walter did good business for months and made a lot of money, and finally he let Skyler persuade him to get out of the drug business for good. The quiet time comes to an abrupt end when Hank accidentally finds clues that his own brother-in-law is the Heisenberg he is looking for. The DEA is starting the investigation again. Walter buries his money not far from where he first made methamphetamine with Jesse at the beginning of his criminal career.

Meanwhile, Jesse suffers from depression again; his guilt weighs heavily on him. Full of anger, he threatens Walter on the phone. Jack then orders Jack to kill Jesse. But Walter didn't expect Hank to be able to convince Jesse to work with him. With a ruse they lure Walter into the desert to get his money and get him to confess all his deeds on the phone, and so Hank can finally arrest him. At the same moment, however, Jack and his gang appear, and a wild exchange of fire begins. Despite all of Walter's pleading, Jack shoots Hank and his gang steals Walter's money, but leaves him a barrel of money; Jesse capture her. It is used to produce the required quality methamphetamine for Jack's gang and is kept like a slave all the time. Walter escapes and, with the help of Saul's contact, goes into hiding in a remote mountain hut in New Hampshire for several months . The widowed Marie mourns Hank; Skyler moves into a modest apartment with her two children.

When Walter sees his former friends and colleagues Elliott and Gretchen Schwartz denounce him in a television interview, he steals a car and drives back to New Mexico . With a bluff he forces Elliott and Gretchen to keep his money safe and to donate it to Walter Jr. for his 18th birthday. Then he buys an M60 machine gun , mounts it in the trunk and connects it to a radio transmitter. Then he poisons Lydia and drives to Jack's gang. His anger at Jesse is gone when he is brought up for being beaten up. He pulls him to the ground and triggers the machine gun. Almost everyone in the gang died in the process, but Walter himself was wounded in the exchange of fire. Jesse takes revenge on Todd, and the seriously injured Jack is shot by Walter. While Jesse escapes with a car, Walter goes through the laboratory again, where he dies of his wound shortly before the police arrive.

Meaning of the title

In breaking bad is a regional American speech. Vince Gilligan, the series creator, describes it as to raise hell (in German "conjure up hell"; the actual meaning is "to make a noise") and points out in a video interview that the term is colloquial, at least in his native Virginia . In addition, the term breaking bad has more violent connotations than to raise hell and is often equated with the phrase “got on the wrong track”; it can also mean deliberately violating social norms for one's own benefit.

Cast and dubbing

Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), Vince Gilligan (Creator) and Bryan Cranston (Walter White)

The German synchronization was commissioned by Berliner Synchron , under the dialogue direction of Erik Paulsen , who also wrote the dialogue books .

main actor

role actor Number of episodes Season German voice actors
Walter "Walt" White / Heisenberg Bryan Cranston 62 1-5 Joachim Tennstedt
Skyler White Anna Gunn 61 1-5 Susanne von Medvey
Jesse Pinkman Aaron Paul 62 1-5 Marcel Collé
Hank Schrader Dean Norris 51 1-5 Lutz Schnell
Marie Schrader Betsy Brandt 51 1-5 Gundi Eberhard
Walter "Flynn" White, Jr. RJ middle 53 1-5 Nico Mamone
Saul Goodman Bob Odenkirk 36 2-5 Michael Pan
Michael "Mike" Ehrmantraut Jonathan Banks 25th 2-5 Eberhard Haar
Gustavo "Gus" Fring Giancarlo Esposito 24 2-4 Frank-Otto Schenk
Christoph Banken (4x02)
Lydia Rodarte-Quayle Laura Fraser 9 5 Marie Bierstedt
Todd Alquist Jesse Plemons 11 5 Tobias Müller

supporting cast

role actor Number of episodes Season German voice actors
Steven Gomez Steven Michael Quezada 33 1-5 Sebastian Christoph Jacob
Skinny Pete Charles Baker 15th 1-5 Tobias Kluckert
Ted Beneke Christopher Cousins 13 2-5 Erich Rauker
Brandon "Badger" Mayhew Matt L. Jones 12 1-5 Tim Sander
George Merkert Michael Shamus Wiles 11 2-5 Jan Spitzer
Shell babineaux Lavell Crawford 11 4-5 Christoph Banks
Tire putty Ray Campbell 10 4th
Jane Margolis Krysten Ritter 10 2-3 Anja Stadlober
Carmen Molina Carmen Serano 9 1-3, 5 Victoria Storm
Victor Jeremiah Bitsui 9 2-4 Felix Spit
Andrea Cantillo Emily Rios 9 3-5 Marie-Luise Schramm
Héctor "Tio" Salamanca Mark Margolis 8th 2-4 Bodo Wolf (2x02–2x03)
Eberhard Haar (4x08, 4x11, 4x16)
Gale Boetticher David Costabile 7th 3-4 Uwe Büschken
Jack Welker Michael Bowen 7th 5 Ronald Nitschke
Kenny Kevin Rankin 7th 5 Asad Black
Leonel Salamanca Daniel Moncada 7th 3-4 Christoph Banks
Marco Salamanca Luis Moncada 5 3
Gretchen Schwartz Jessica Hecht 5 1, 2, 5 Susanne Schwab
Christian "Combo" Ortega Rodney Rush 5 1-3 Olaf Reichmann
Bogdan Wolynetz Marius Stan 5 1, 3, 4 Valentin Plătăreanu

All figures are listed with at least five appearances. Some characters who have already died later also appear in the form of retrospectives and memories, such as Jane Margolis and Combo Ortega in season 3 and Gale Boetticher in season 4.


Car wash location

Most of the series is set in Albuquerque and was shot there.

Breaking Bad reportedly cost $ 3 million per episode, an exceptionally high amount for a regular cable program.

The film was shot with analog 35 mm film , which is very rare for a television series, but allows a later transfer to the 4K format without loss of quality.

The pilot of the series Breaking Bad was commissioned by the American television broadcaster FX Network , but this withdrew after the viewing because he feared negative reactions. As a result, the broadcaster AMC reported interest in the series and took over Breaking Bad without any change.

Originally it was planned that the first season should consist of nine episodes; however, it was cut to seven episodes due to a strike by Hollywood screenwriters .

On May 16, 2008, AMC announced that the series would receive a second season of thirteen episodes.

On April 2, 2009 AMC ordered a third season with thirteen episodes.

The fourth season was commissioned in June 2010. Production for this season began on January 13, 2011.

On August 14, 2011, Charlie Collier, President of AMC, announced that the series had been extended by 16 episodes to close. The series creator Vince Gilligan had previously expressed plans to complete the series plot after a fifth season. The fifth season was split into two parts, each with eight episodes; Filming for the last eight episodes began on December 7, 2012.

Remake Metástasis

In May 2013, Sony Pictures Television announced a Spanish-language remake . The remake called Metástasis , aimed at the Latin and Hispanic American markets, was shot entirely in Colombia with a new cast . It was first broadcast on weekdays between June and September 2014 on the US broadcaster UniMás . The series is largely a faithful re-enactment of Breaking Bad and that's why it had to accept a lot of criticism.

Better Call Saul spin-off

In 2012 the idea of ​​a spin-off came up to revolve around the character "Saul Goodman", which had been developed by Peter Gould for the eighth episode of the second season of Breaking Bad , entitled Better Call Saul . Vince Gilligan advocated it. In September 2013 it was announced that AMC and Sony had decided to produce the series. First it was explained that the series would be conceived as a prequel to Breaking Bad and should explain the story of Saul before he meets Walter. In the one-hour format, the series should contain more comedy elements than Breaking Bad. In November 2013 it was announced that a mixture of prequel and sequel was also possible, as many viewers were interested in the further development of the story of Saul Goodman after the end of Breaking Bad. The broadcast of the spin-off, whose first season consists of ten episodes, was scheduled for November 2014 on AMC and was postponed to the beginning of 2015. The series started in the USA on February 8, 2015 on AMC and in Austria and Germany on Netflix , followed by season 2 on February 15, 2016 again on AMC (on February 17 in Germany on Netflix), and season 3 on April 10 2017 in the original and one day later in Germany as well as season 4 on August 6 and 7, 2018.

Feature film El Camino: A "Breaking Bad" film

On October 11, 2019, Netflix released a sequel to the series finale that continues Jesse's escape.


United States

The series first aired on AMC on January 20, 2008 . The first season ran until March 18, 2008. The second season ran in the USA from March 8 to May 31, 2009 on AMC, and the third season from March 21 to June 13, 2010.

The fourth season premiered on AMC on July 17, 2011. The broadcast date was set in the summer months, as there is less competition on US television. The last episode of the fourth season ran on October 9, 2011.

The first eight episodes of the fifth and final season aired between July 15 and September 2, 2012. The second part of the season, again consisting of eight episodes, ran from August 11, 2013. The final episode on September 29, 2013 set a new record in the USA with 10.3 million viewers.


The Pay TV transmitter AXN broadcast the first season of Breaking Bad of 4 February 2009 until 18 March 2009 on prime time from. The second season ran from October 15, 2009 to January 21, 2010 on AXN. The third season aired on AXN from February 10 through May 4, 2011. From November 10, 2011, the fourth season could be seen in double episodes. The first part of the fifth season was from October 4 to November 22, 2012 on AXN. The second part was initially broadcast in English from August 13, 2013, before broadcasting in German on October 9, 2013 also began on AXN.

The public broadcaster ARTE , which broadcast the first two seasons from October 9 to December 11, 2010, owns the first free TV broadcasting rights for Germany and France . The third season ran from October 11 to November 15, 2011. The episodes were available for seven days on the ARTE website. The same applied to the fourth season, which was shown on ARTE between November and December 2012. The first half of the fifth season was also shown on Arte from December 6, 2013, with the second half planned for 2014. The free-to-air RTL Nitro has been broadcasting the series in repetitions since February 2013 .


The first season started on May 17, 2009 in Switzerland as a free TV premiere on the SF 2 channel , and ended on June 28, 2009. From May 30 to August 29, 2010, the second season ran there. The third season aired on April 17, 2011 and ended on June 27, 2011.


From April 1, 2014, ORF Eins broadcast the series twice a week in the late evening in two-channel sound , on Tuesdays as part of the DIE.NACHT program window and on Wednesdays. According to ORF, all seasons should be shown in succession and without interruption; the last episode was shown on November 4, 2014.

Episode list

Season Number of episodes First broadcast in the USA German-language first broadcast
Season premiere Season finale Season premiere Season finale
1 7th January 20, 2008 March 9, 2008 February 4, 2009 March 18, 2009
2 13 March 8, 2009 May 31, 2009 October 15, 2009 January 21, 2010
3 13 March 21, 2010 June 13, 2010 February 10, 2011 May 5, 2011
4th 13 July 17, 2011 October 9, 2011 November 10, 2011 December 22, 2011
5 8th July 15, 2012 2nd September 2012 4th October 2012 November 22, 2012
8th August 11, 2013 29th September 2013 October 9, 2013 November 27, 2013
Movie October 11, 2019


Before the release of the second season, six webisodes under the name Original Minisodes were published on the website of the station AMC in February 2009 , which play before the first or between this and the second season. These episodes were released on February 25, 2010 on the German DVD of the second season as original webisodes with subtitles in the order given below.

German-language title Original title Summary length
The break-in The break-in Walter and Badger try to retrieve a vacuum cleaner filled with drug money from an elderly woman's locked garage. 4:53
Good cop / bad cop Good cop, bad cop Hank and Marie try to refresh their relationship on Valentine's Day. 2:56
wedding day Wedding day Walter and Hank talk on Hank and Marie's wedding day. 4:53
Twaughhammer TwaughtHammer Jesse and Badger are doing a behind the scenes video for their band TwaüghtHammër . 4:17
"Fallacies" by Twaughthammer "Fallacies" by TwaughtHammer Music video of the song "Fallacies" by the band TwaüghtHammër 3:02
Marie's confession Marie's Confession On the advice of her therapist, Marie creates a video diary. 2:51

Shortly before the release of the third season, another mini-episode entitled Team SCIENCE was released in the form of a cartoon on March 9, 2010 . This was designed and produced by . In the four-minute "Jesse Pinkman Production" Jesse's comic characters Dr. Chemistry and the whole SCIENCE team for their right to be extraordinary. In addition, some clips were produced around Saul Goodman.

The long break between the third and fourth season was originally intended to be bridged with several webisodes. The idea was then rejected.

Popularity on the internet

The Internet was increasingly involved in the marketing of Breaking Bad. Breaking Bad is one of the most popular newly produced series in the USA. The first few seasons showed Walter's cancer-related confrontation with the American health system, which was also quite critical; this led to increased attention from the audience. This aspect is seen by many breaking bad fans as a central statement, especially in the first episode, but also in the following episodes. Other current issues featured in the series are the war on drugs , cross-border drug crime, and poverty in the United States as a result of the economic crisis.

Viral campaigns

season 1

For the first season there was a viral campaign in which a changeable video message could be sent online. In this film, recorded with a webcam in the caravan, Walter urges the viewer not to waste his life, but to savor it to the full. Sirens can be heard approaching in the background. Walter then loads his gun, crosses the viewer's name from the list of time wasters ("Timewaster") and disappears from the trailer.

season 2

For the second season there was another viral clip at the web address (no longer available) in which the viewer met Walter directly from the first person perspective . In this film, which was also changeable, the head could be moved by mouse movements and the further action could be influenced, as it were in an interactive film . At the beginning of the film you escaped from Walter in the desert and were knocked to the ground by him. In the trailer, Walter explained why he couldn't let you live. In the end, you were left unconscious in the desert.

Sites from the series

Via the viral marketing websites, there were various web addresses that appear in the series and for which websites actually accessible were implemented.

A donation website created by Walter White Jr. for his father's surgery has gone online at On it he describes his relationship with his father and asks for donations.

The donation button originally led to the website of the National Cancer Coalition ("National Cancer Coalition"), but now you land on the website of the TV channel AMC. The website went live during the second season. The German equivalent at now redirects to the English page.

In the series, the lawyer Saul Goodman advertises for himself; the website of his campaign was found at It contained:

  • Legal Advice (“Consultations”) - four videos with Saul Goodman
  • Fashion Tips (“Dress Like Saul”) - different pictures with Saul Goodman
  • Testimonials from clients - three videos, including Badger and Wendy
  • TV commercials ("As Seen on TV")
  • "E-cards" - four different e-card that could send
  • Office webcam with which you could watch Saul "working" ("Office Webcam")

In total, just under 11 minutes of film material was shown on the website, which was put online during the third season.


The AMC website also includes:

  • Fictional blogs by Hank and Marie Schrader
  • The interactive role play comic "The Interrogation". In this one as DEA agent Hank Schrader you have to interrogate a suspected murderer and arms smuggler.
  • Insider podcasts on breaking bad episodes from season two with editor Kelley Dixon and frequent visits from screenwriters, actors and creator Vince Gilligan .
  • The interactive case file from Gale Boetticher's crime scene on which Hank's investigation in season four is based. Includes photos of the crime scene, police reports, and Gale's lab notes.
  • Exclusive interviews and photos
  • The toy figures for the series are sold via the game giant Toys “R” Us . These have come under fire because the action figures also contain toy weapons and drugs.



The title design uses the symbols of the chemical elements bromine (Br) and barium (Ba), including their atomic numbers . The two elements are not used in the synthesis of methamphetamine.

In the case of the credits and other lettering, suitable letter combinations of chemical elements are highlighted, for example "RJ With Te " (Te = tellurium ). The creators made a small mistake, because the "Director of Photography" "Mi Ch ael Slovis" lacks an element corresponding to the abbreviation " Ch " in the periodic table . During the third season that was changed and the name was instead shown as "Mi C hael Slovis", which thus refers to the element " C arbonium" (carbon).

RJ Mitte was actually born with Infantile Cerebral Palsy . However, he does not have to use crutches, as the disease is not as pronounced in him as in his character Walter White Jr.

Bryan Cranston shaved his hair during the filming. That is why he wears a wig in some scenes filmed later.

Betsy Brandt was pregnant while filming the second season. In some scenes, close-ups of her were therefore used for the role of Skyler , played by Anna Gunn , who, according to the script, is also pregnant.

Marius Stan is not a trained actor, but a scientist (with B.Sc. in physics and Ph.D. in chemistry ) at the Argonne National Laboratory in materials science and engineering . He happened to be on the set where he had taken his children for an extras casting when the creators of the series noticed his distinctive eyebrows, because of which he got the role of Walter's employer in the car wash, who, like Marius Stan, is a native Romanian.

The coordinates 34 ° 59 ′ 20 ″  N , 106 ° 36 ′ 52 ″  W of the place where Walter buries his money are identical to those of Albuquerque Studios.

In a special episode of the television series MythBusters - Die Wissensjäger , in which Vince Gilligan and Aaron Paul also appear, various effects shown in Breaking Bad on materials such as B. those of fumed mercury or hydrofluoric acid examined for their truthfulness.

In 2017, years after the series ended, it became known that the figure of Gustavo Fring was named after the former German professional footballer and current coach Torsten Frings . Author George Mastras says he is a big fan of German football and therefore chose the name as an homage .

The chemistry expertise for the series was provided by Donna Nelson , Professor of Chemistry at the University of Oklahoma . Several scientists confirmed the chemical science presentations in the series. Here is a selection of sources of information for the science behind the series:

  • The Royal Society of Chemistry has clarified the following questions: The poisoning of the gangsters by monophosphane, the dissolution of the corpses in acid, the break-in by thermite and mercury in the drug cartel.
  • Chemists Falk Harnisch and Tunga Salthammer also studied the chemistry in the series. Among other things, they wrote about drug synthesis.



The first season, which was generally well received by critics, received a 73/100 rating on Metacritic .

USA Today described it "the best thing that could happen to television since the first season of the Sopranos " ( english the best thing to happen to television since the first season of The Sopranos ). The Basler Zeitung wrote that even if the storyline was reminiscent of the TV series Weeds , the plot in Breaking Bad was "a lot more evil and caustic and the humor much blacker."

Time magazine ruled that the series "has what it takes to be successful" ( English : "has the elements of success" ). Writer Stephen King praised the series in his "Pop of King" column for Entertainment Weekly .

The following seasons received even more positive reviews; the second season got a rating of 85/100 on Metacritic , the third season 89/100. The fourth season came to 96/100 and the fifth season even achieved a rating of 99/100. This is the highest rating Metacritic has ever given a drama television series.

The increased popularity is also evident in the audience figures. The start of the second season was followed by 1.7 million viewers in the USA, 21 percent more than in the previous season. The start of the third season was watched by 2 million and the start of the fourth season by 2.6 million viewers. The first episode of the first part of the fifth season again set a new record in the history of the series with 2.93 million viewers. The start of the second half of the last season was followed by 5.92 million viewers. The very last episode of the series, Felina , which was seen by a total of 10.23 million viewers, achieved the highest ratings the AMC has ever achieved.

Based on more than 840,000 votes, Breaking Bad is one of the best rated TV series in the IMDb film database with an average of 9.5 out of 10 possible points .

In 2013 it was announced that Breaking Bad would receive an entry in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's top rated series. This record was based on the average ratings (based on the Metascore ) that Breaking Bad received for each season.

In an email to the lead actor, Oscar winner Anthony Hopkins expressed his enthusiasm for Breaking Bad and praised Cranston's performance as "the best performance by an actor he has ever seen."

Entertainment Weekly and Time put the 14th episode of the fifth season, Ozymandias , at number 1 of the ten best series episodes of 2013.


Golden Globe Awards

Emmy award

  • 2008 : Emmy - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston
  • 2008: Emmy - Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - "Pilot" , Lynne Willingham
  • 2009 : Emmy - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston
  • 2009: Emmy - Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - "ABQ" , Lynne Willingham
  • 2010 : Emmy - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston
  • 2010: Emmy - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul
  • 2012 : Emmy - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul
  • 2013: Emmy - Outstanding Drama Series
  • 2013: Emmy - Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - "Gliding Over All" , Kelley Dixon
  • 2013: Emmy - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn
  • 2014 : Emmy - Outstanding Drama Series
  • 2014: Emmy - Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series - "Felina" , Skip MacDonald
  • 2014: Emmy - Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston
  • 2014: Emmy - Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Aaron Paul
  • 2014: Emmy - Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Anna Gunn
  • 2014: Emmy - Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series - Moira Walley-Beckett

Television Critics Association Awards

  • 2009: TCA Award - Best Individual Achievement in Drama - Bryan Cranston
  • 2010: TCA Award - Outstanding Achievement in Drama
  • 2012: TCA Award - Outstanding Achievement in Drama
  • 2013: TCA Award - Program of the Year

Writers Guild of America Awards

  • 2009: WGA Award - Best Episodic Drama - "Pilot" , Vince Gilligan
  • 2012: WGA Award - Best Dramatic Series
  • 2012: WGA Award - Best Episodic Drama - "Box Cutter" , Vince Gilligan
  • 2013: WGA Award - Best Dramatic Series

Satellite Awards

  • 2008 : Satellite Award - Best Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston
  • 2009 : Satellite Award - Best Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston
  • 2009: Satellite Award - Best Television Series, Drama
  • 2010 : Satellite Award - Best Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston
  • 2010: Satellite Award - Best Television Series, Drama
  • 2013 : Satellite Award - Best Actor in a Drama Series - Bryan Cranston

ACE Eddie Awards

  • 2009: Eddie Award - Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television - "Pilot" , Lynne Willingham
  • 2010: Eddie Award - Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television - "ABQ" , Lynne Willingham
  • 2012: Eddie Award - Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television - "Face Off" , Skip MacDonald
  • 2013: Eddie Award - Best Edited One-Hour Series for Commercial Television - "Dead Freight" , Skip MacDonald

Further awards

  • 2008: AFI Award ( American Film Institute )
  • 2009: Peabody Award
  • 2009: Prism Award - Best Drama Series Multi-Episodes Storyline - Season 1
  • 2009: Literary Award (PEN Center USA West) - Best Teleplay - "Crazy Handful of Nothin '", George Mastras
  • 2010: Prism Award - Best Drama Series Multi-Episodes Storyline - Season 2
  • 2010: Saturn Award (Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films) - Best Syndicated / Cable TV Series
  • 2010: Saturn Award (Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films) - Best Supporting TV Actor - Aaron Paul
  • 2013: Directors Guild of America Award - Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Dramatic Series - "Fifty-One" , Rian Johnson
  • 2013: Entry in the Guinness Book of Records 2014 - Most popular series in the world
  • 2014: BAFTA Award - Television - International 2014


United States
  • Season 1 was released on DVD on February 24, 2009 and on Blu-ray Disc on March 16, 2010 .
  • Season 2 was released on March 16, 2010 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
  • Season 3 was released on June 7, 2011 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
  • Season 4 was released on June 5, 2012 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
  • Season 5.1 was released on June 4, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
  • Season 5.2 was released on November 26, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
  • The complete series was released on June 3, 2014 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
Germany, Austria and Switzerland

In Germany, all seasons are approved by the FSK from the age of 16. The second part of the fifth season was sold as the sixth season on the music and film portal iTunes. This means that buyers of the season five season pass had to purchase the second half of the season separately. ITunes received negative criticism for this.

  • Season 1 was released on DVD on March 19, 2009 and on Blu-ray Disc on March 22, 2012.
  • Season 2 was released on DVD on February 25, 2010 and on Blu-ray Disc on March 22, 2012.
  • Season 3 was released on DVD on April 21, 2011 and on Blu-ray Disc on June 6, 2012.
  • Season 4 was released on DVD on April 26, 2012 and on Blu-ray Disc on June 6, 2012.
  • Season 5.1 was released on June 3, 2013 on Blu-ray Disc and on June 20, 2013 on DVD.
  • Season 5.2 was released on December 12, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
  • The complete series was released on November 28, 2013 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
  • The complete series was also released in a limited “Deluxe Gift Set” on November 28, 2013 on Blu-ray Disc.


  • Ensley F. Guffey, K. Dale Koontz: Breaking Bad. The unofficial series guide. Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf, Berlin 2014, ISBN 978-3-86265-362-1 . (With numerous photos)
  • Falk Harnisch, Tunga Salthammer: The chemistry behind Breaking Bad. A chemist as a series protagonist . In: Chemistry in our time , 47, issue 4 (2013), pp. 214-221 doi: 10.1002 / ciuz.201300612 .
  • Falk Harnisch, Tunga Salthammer: The Chemistry of Breaking Bad. In: ChemistryViews .org (2013) ( online ).
  • Christine Lang, Christoph Dreher: Breaking Down. Breaking Bad. Dramaturgy and aesthetics of a television series. Wilhelm Fink, Paderborn 2013, ISBN 978-3-7705-5443-0 .
  • David P. Pierson (Ed.): Breaking Bad: Critical Essays on the Contexts, Politics, Style, and Reception of the Television Series . Lexington Books, Lanham 2014, ISBN 978-0-7391-7925-3
  • David Thomson (Ed.): Breaking Bad. The official book for the TV series. Panini, Stuttgart 2016, ISBN 978-3-8332-3263-3 .

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Commons : Breaking Bad  - collection of pictures, videos and audio files

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