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Emmy® Award winner Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a down-on-his-luck chemistryteacher struggling to make ends meet for his wife (Anna Gunn) and physically challengedson (RJ Mitte). Everything changes when Walter receives a startling diagnosis: terminallung cancer. With only a few years to live and nothing to lose, Walter uses his training as achemist to cook and sell crystal meth with one of his former students (Aaron Paul). As hisstatus grows, so do his lies, but Walt will stop at nothing to make sure his family is taken careof after he’s gone, even if it means putting all their lives on the line. Executive produced byVince Gilligan and Mark Johnson.
No one would confuse the desperate dad Bryan Cranston plays in this character-driven drama with the fun-loving Hal from Malcolm in the Middle. In AMC's Breaking Bad, Walter White lives in the suburbs with his wife--and wears tighty-whiteys--but the similarities end there. During the pilot, the cash-strapped chemistry teacher finds out he has inoperable lung cancer. He and Skyler (Deadwood's Anna Gunn) have one son, Walter Jr. (R.J. Mitte), and a daughter on the way. With two years to get his affairs in order, Walter comes up with a wild plan: he and former student Jesse (Aaron Paul), a drug dealer, will open a meth lab.
In the hands of creator Vince Gilligan (The X-Files), Bad's first season plays like the improbable offspring of Weeds and The Shield. With nothing left to lose, the Albuquerque 50-year-old uses his death sentence as a catalyst to break every rule he's ever followed while keeping his family--including Skyler's radiologist sister, Marie (Betsy Brandt), and her DEA agent husband, Hank (Dean Norris)--out of the loop. Throughout these seven episodes, Walt takes on a hostage, a dead body, and a partner who likes to sample his own product. Based on the description alone, the program shouldn't work as well as it does, except Gilligan and company keep the situations psychologically believable and Emmy winner Cranston makes Walt surprisingly sympathetic as he swings between compassion and self-interest. As he tells his students, "Chemistry is the study of change," a statement that applies equally well to the show, since Walt ends up in a very different place than the one he began. This three-disc set comes complete with cast and crew commentary, an installment of AMC's Shootout, two featurettes, deleted scenes, and screen tests. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
I loved the first season. Its a pretty good show, looking forward to buying season 2 for myself soon for Christmas. The finale was mind-blowing. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Trena Fuoco
I had seen the first season and in watching it again, there's so much I had forgotten about. Like others have said it starts out great and just gets better.Published 7 days ago by Steven Byrd
This is what got started making me a fan of the series. I liked what I saw in the first season and decided that I wanted to watch even more. Read morePublished 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
The best show in the history of television. That's a fact, Jack.Published 9 days ago by Douglas Markwith
Can't understand what all the fuss is about this show. Very unimpressed!Published 11 days ago by Anne M Duffy
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|DVD edited like the AMC series?||
No, it is the full show as it was meant to be. As a Bright House Cable subscriber at the time, I had the luxury of watching the episodes in HD on their VOD. They weren't edited there either. I watched a show on the actual channel and it was edited pretty bad and in SD.
This DVD set is SD but it... Read More
Mar 1, 2009 by S. Schoenherr | See all 6 posts
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watch parks & recreation. it's brilliant, and if you love the office, you'll for sure love parks as it's made by the people who made the office.
the first season starts off a bit slow (it's only like 6 episodes anyway), but the second season is AMAZING.
Apr 28, 2011 by valerie beth | See all 15 posts
Alejandro: I don't think so. The Region 1 Breaking Bad First Season boxset does *not* specify English subtitles. Actually, NONE of the B.B Seasons 1-3 on DVD list English subtitles.
So, I didn't buy any of them. I've learned my lesson. If the box doesn't specify certain subtitles, I'm not taking... Read More
Jun 27, 2011 by Mark | See all 6 posts
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Great first show of the season.... how many shows are we getting this time? A full dozen or more? Season 1 was cut short due to that writer's strike. Watch the stuff on AMC's BB website. There is some good stuff on there. I love this show.
Mar 9, 2009 by S. Schoenherr | See all 5 posts
Network, but it's also on cable.
Aug 13, 2011 by Scott West | See all 2 posts
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