Taglines

  • On March 8, All Becomes Crystal Clear. (season 2)
  • Warning: Extremely Volatile (season 4)
  • You Got No Proof: Getting Away With It Since 2008 - A Dealer In Style (season 3)
  • All bad things must come to an end (season 5, part 2)
  • In the no-holds-barred world of Walt White, the end justifies the extreme. (season 2)
  • Walter White Is a Chemist, Father, Compulsive Liar, Meth Cook, "Heisenberg", Killer, Cancer Survivor, Meth Master Chef, Drug King Pin? (season 5, part 1)
  • Walter White: Chemist, Meth Cook, Heisenberg, Killer, Drug King Pin? (season 5, part 1)
  • Unstable. Volatile. Dangerous. And That's Just The Chemistry. (season 3)
  • All Hail The King (season 5, part 1)
  • Change [the] Equation. (season 1)
  • The experiment is out of control. (season 3)
  • Power Corrodes (season 5, part 1)
  • Remember My Name (season 5, part 2)

Trivia

  • When characters on the show are smoking meth, they are actually smoking sugar or rock candy but do not inhale. The candy meth is produced by The Candy Lady, a local shop in Albuquerque.
  • As the show progressed, Vince Gilligan noticed he had to stop criticizing Walt about how evil he was becoming in front of Bryan Cranston, because he was hurting the actor's feelings.
  • A Colombian remake of Breaking Bad was made called Metástasis, consisting of only two seasons.
  • The series ran for 62 episodes. The 62nd element on the periodic table is Samarium, an isotope of which is used to treat various forms of cancer, including lung cancer.
  • Bob Odenkirk, 'Aaron Paul' and 'Bryan Cranston' all guest starred in comedy sitcom 3rd Rock from the Sun (1996).
  • In the original script Walter White is 40 not 50
  • Bryan Cranston (Walter), Anna Gunn (Skyler) and Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman) have guest starred in Seinfeld (1989). Anna played Jerry's girlfriend in Seinfeld: The Glasses (1993). Bryan made his first appearance as Dr. Tim Whatley, a dentist whose conversion to Judaism annoys Jerry when he realizes Tim only converted so he could tell Jewish-themed jokes, a year later, in Seinfeld: The Mom and Pop Store (1994). Bob played Ben Galvant in Seinfeld: The Abstinence (1996); Elaine is dating Ben because she thinks he is a doctor, but Ben reveals he hasn't passed his medical boards yet and proves inept in a real-life health crisis. Once Ben does become a doctor, he breaks up with Elaine and explains, Saul Goodman-style, that the point of becoming a doctor is to end up dating someone who was out of his league before he became one. Larry Hankin appeared on Seinfeld (1989) too and was co-creator Larry David's first choice to play Kramer. Other "Breaking Bad" actors who appeared on Seinfeld (1989): Nigel Gibbs, Mark Harelik and Jessica Hecht.
  • Sony and AMC were initially reluctant to cast Bryan Cranston because of his previous comedic roles. They approached John Cusack and Matthew Broderick for the role of Walter White. When they both declined, Vince Gilligan was able to cast Cranston.
  • An odd humpbacked flute player is mounted on the walls of some scenes throughout the series, most notably in Walt's backyard. This character is Kokopelli, a fertility deity venerated by some Native American cultures in the Southwestern United States. He is believed to be a trickster among gods. Kokopelli became an important marketing item in the 1990s on items such as t-shirts.
  • The 2009 Dodge Challenger that Walter buys for Walt Jr also appears on The Walking Dead's first season driven by Glenn. When Skyler tells Walter to return the car to the dealership she instructs him to speak with the manager, called Glenn.
  • Co-stars Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris both appeared in Little Miss Sunshine (2006), which also took place in Albuquerque.
  • The pseudonym for Saul Goodman is derived from "it's all good, man."
  • In season 1, Anna Gunn asked Vince Gilligan about Skyler's occupation while she wasn't with Walt. Gilligan said that she was taking it easy because she was heavily pregnant. Gunn arguing that pregnant women could still do things, asked him to write her something to do. The subplot was never included due to the writers' strike.
  • Series Trademark: virtually every episode contains a point-of-view shot from inside a confined space. Frequently used is a shot from inside a car trunk (as made famous by Quentin Tarantino); most others come from inside refrigerators, swimming pools, crates, boxes, lab equipment, kitchen utensils, microwaves, washing machines, duffel bags, hidden spaces below floors and behind walls, safes, vending machines, and from below glass tables.
  • Kris Kristofferson was considered to play Skyler and Marie's father in one scene. It was discarded because the writers felt it strayed too far from the main story.
  • When Saul first approaches Walt about a business arrangement, he compares his services for Walt to Tom Hagen's role as consigliere to Vito Corleone. Walt objects, saying "I'm no Vito Corleone," to which Saul responds "Right now, you're Fredo." Soon after, when Walt and his family hear that his tumor has shrunk, Hank misquotes The Godfather: Part III (1990), saying "Just when I tried to get out, they pull me back in."
  • The series title is spelled using the chemical symbols for bromine (Br), and barium (Ba). Chemical symbols from the periodic table also appear in every name (except the one of creator Vince Gilligan) in the opening credits: a single capital letter, or pair of letters, with only the first letter capitalized (in line with scientific convention), shown in a differing color.
  • At the end of Little Miss Sunshine (2006) the Hoover family drive into the sunset, back to Albuquerque. Breaking Bad actors Bryan Cranston & Dean Norris are both in the movie appearing respectively, as Stan Grossman & State Trooper McCleary.
  • Bryan Cranston arrived on set for makeup at 5:30am. He goes on to speak more about the routine in his autobiography: "A Life in Parts - Bryan Cranston."
  • The location shoot of the series in New Mexico pumped roughly $1M per episode into the local economy.
  • Typically people wear their wrist watches on the opposite superior arm. Hank is left handed and wears his watch on his left wrist. Steve is right handed and wears his watch on his right wrist.
  • The highest rated episode - "Ozymandias" and the least rated episode - "Fly" are directed by the same director, Rian Johnson.
  • A plot line was written for the third season in which Walt visits a South American drug lord in prison to convince him to help him put Gus Fring out of business. It was discarded because the writers couldn't figure out how Walt would be able to connect with the drug lord.
  • It was Vince Gilligan's decision to finish the show in season 5. He didn't want to make the mistake many successful shows make by running too long until the quality decreases.
  • In an interview, Vince Gilligan admitted that the writer's strike that shortened season 1 ended up benefiting the show. He'd planned for Walt's evil side to emerge in a shocking season finale. The strike led him to write the evolution much more gradually.
  • The show depicts methylamine as a restricted, rare chemical. In real life, methylamine can be produced by combining methanol and ammonia with a catalyst present.
  • In his August 2013 Terry Gross interview, Bob Odenkirk said that he based his character Saul Goodman partly on the Hollywood agents Robert Evans and Ari Emmanuel. Emanuel, who was also the inspiration for the character played by Jeremy Piven in the TV series Entourage (2004) and a different Odenkirk character, Stevie Grant on The Larry Sanders Show (1992), is Odenkirk's actual agent.
  • Jesse Pinkman was originally slated to be written out by the 9th episode. During the hiatus caused by the writer's strike, creator Vince Gilligan, impressed by Aaron Paul's portrayal of Jesse, decided to reinstate the character.
  • Giancarlo Esposito mentioned that Vince Gilligan plotted the story in style to westerns.
  • The high school portrayed in the film was actually two different schools. One up near the mountains (Eldorado high) and one on the west side (West Mesa High).
  • The first show since Law & Order (1990) in 1997 to win the Emmy for Best Drama Series, without being nominated for the award in its debut season.
  • Many fans were surprised that such a successful show had stars who weren't very famous. Vince Gilligan said that this was by choice, and as the show went on he actually rejected big-name stars in favor of lesser-known actors.
  • Mark Margolis, who played Hector Salamanca, claimed in an interview with one Bridget Machete that his character's mannerisms were influenced by his mother in law, who was in a similar condition living in a nursing home. She would make the facial expressions as a sign of excitement when she had visitors. Mark also claimed he did not watch season 5 of Breaking Bad when asked his opinion of it, stating the reason being because he was not in it so there was no reason to watch it.
  • The original screenplay for Breaking Bad's pilot episode describes the RV driving through a cow pasture, not a indian reservation as on the show. This is because the series was originally going to take place in California, not New Mexico.
  • Two series casting directors, Shari Rhodes and Gwyn Savage, died within 32 days of each other during production. Memorial tributes were screened during the respective post credit episode sequences.
  • When Jesse refers to moving to Oregon in season 1. He is talking about the huge meth market in Southern Oregon.
  • Dean Norris (Hank Schrader) and Bryan Cranston (Walter White) both had bit parts in Little Miss Sunshine. Dean played a police officer and Bryan a business executive. Also, the family that movie centered on lived in Albuquerque.
  • Vince Gilligan had already cast Bryan Cranston against his usual type in the X-files episode The X-Files: Drive (1998). Cranston played a white supremacist with an infection that makes his head explode if his car's speed dips below 50 miles per hour. Gilligan has said their collaboration convinced him that Cranston was the only actor who could portray Walter White.
  • As of 2012, there have only been five episodes where stars Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul do not share any scenes together: Breaking Bad: Peekaboo (2009), Breaking Bad: Caballo sin Nombre (2010), Breaking Bad: I.F.T. (2010) , Breaking Bad: Salud (2011), and Breaking Bad: Buried (2013).
  • RJ Mitte has cerebral palsy in real life. His case is much milder than Walt Junior's. He had to learn to walk with crutches and slow down his speech to play the part.
  • Vince Gilligan personally selected Baby Blue by Badfinger as the song to be played during the series' final scene, despite numerous objections from his music team. The song was purchased from iTunes over 5,000 times the night of the finale's initial broadcast and re-entered the Billboard charts more than 40 years after it was first released.
  • In the original pilot script, Jesse Pinkman was named Marion Alan Dupree, and was always referred to by his last name.
  • As the series progresses, Walter White starts wearing more and more black or dark-colored clothing. In several season 5 episodes, he wears mostly black or dark grey.
  • The backdrop for the season 5 poster is a location used in multiple films, including: The Avengers (2012), Terminator Salvation (2009), Thor (2011), and Lone Survivor (2013).
  • Costars Bryan Cranston, Matt Jones, and Bob Odenkirk have all appeared in How I Met Your Mother (2005).
  • A main plot point is Walt as a chemistry genius. Marius Stan, who plays Bogdan, is a real-life chemistry genius. He has a PhD in Chemistry, and still works in the field. This show was his first foray into acting.
  • The popularity of the TV series spawned a cottage industry for a variety of Albuquerque (NM) citizens, including everything from cosmetics, spa, bathroom and 'blue rock' candy products to a tour of both the good and bad locations used in the series.
  • Among many western film references, Gale Boetticher name is picked from Budd Boetticher, notorious western film director, better known for his movie "Seven men from now"
  • After binge-watching the entire show in a span of two weeks, Anthony Hopkins wrote a glowing fan letter to Bryan Cranston, praising him and his fellow actors for their incredible acting, as well as lauding the rest of the crew, comparing the series to a "great Shakespearian or Greek tragedy".
  • Walter was originally written to be 40 years old. AMC felt that 40 was too young for Walter to have a mid-life crisis and requested his age change to 50.
  • Breaking Bad: Cancer Man (2008) and Breaking Bad: Gray Matter (2008), are the only two episodes to feature a different intro, with the two period table boxes apart rather than touching. The HD Netflix versions of the episodes have been changed to include the normal intro.
  • The name of the Whites' baby girl, Holly, is another in Vince Gilligan's many career-long references to his longtime girlfriend, Holly Rice that have been included in his scripts. There were also references to Rice in nearly all of Gilligan's episodes of The X-Files (1993).
  • Steven Bauer, Tess Harper, Jonathan Banks and Louis Ferreira have all starred in Walker, Texas Ranger along with Breaking Bad. Louis Ferreira and Steven Bauer have also starred in Relic Hunter.
  • Aaron Paul has never taken any acting classes.
  • Bromine (Br) is used to quench fires (in Halon). Barium (Ba) is used in pyrotechnics (including thermite, interestingly enough). (Br)eaking (Ba)d seems a reflection of Walt's conflicted mind on manufacturing meth.
  • Jesse wears the same clothes in the final eight episodes. He only alters them by removing articles, like his sweater.
  • Spanish rock group Mamá Ladilla ("Crabs mum") has a son dedicated to the series called "Jaisemberg", a literal transcription of the name Heisenberg. One of the lines says "You have sold your blue stuff the incredible Hulk", as a reference to the violent character Tuco.
  • Breaking Bad was originally set in Riverside, California. It was moved to Albuquerque to take advantage of a tax rebate on production.
  • The White's address, 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, is a private residence. The residents have had to deal with fans recreating Walter's famous pizza throw onto the house's roof, and conducted media interviews asking to be left alone.
  • During an August 2013 interview with Terry Gross on "Fresh Air," Bob Odenkirk said that when he first heard a description of Saul Goodman, he told Vince Gilligan that he might not be the best choice for the role because he isn't Jewish. Gilligan told him that Goodman is a fake last name that the character adopted because he thought it sounded stereotypically Jewish. Odenkirk also told Gross that Goodman's odd hairstyle, a thinning combover-mullet combination, was his idea.
  • Danny Trejo (Tortuga), Raymond Cruz (Tuco), Michael Bofshever (Mr. Pinkman) and Geoffrey Rivas (Police Officer) have all appeared in the gang classic Blood In, Blood Out (1993). In one episode, Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) says the words, "Sangre Por Sangre" to Mark Margolis (Tio Salamanca), which is the Spanish title for the film.
  • Before the series premiere, AMC was flooded with letters by concerned viewers who were afraid the show would glamorize the world of meth. When the show began to air, those letters ceased.
  • Inspired the song "Heisenberg" by Bonecage.
  • Walter's middle name is Hartwell.
  • Recent studies show that it is impossible to make crystal meth blue the way Walter White does.
  • Hank Schrader's family name is also related to chemistry. German scholar Gerhard Schrader accidentally discovered the first nerve gas.
  • In season 1, the real name of the actor who played Krazy 8 was Max Arciniega. Gustavo Fring's close associate and co-founder of the Los Pollos Hermanos franchises, as shown in Breaking Bad: Hermanos (2011), had the same name.
  • Due to his resemblance to Matt Damon, Jesse Plemons earned the nickname "Meth Damon" as a result of his participation in the show.
  • Walter White wears briefs, also known as tighty-whities.
  • Mike's favorite candy is a butterfinger.
  • All of the main cast members are below six feet in height with the tallest being RJ Mitte at 5 feet and 11½ inches.
  • Entertainment Weekly included Walter White in its list of the "16 Ultimate TV Antiheroes" at position #1 in the July 15, 2012 issue.
  • Jesse's middle name is Bruce.
  • Matthew Broderick was considered for the role of Walter White
  • The remote desert sequences where the RV meth cooking sessions were covertly conducted were filmed on the production facility backlot in New Mexico.
  • Both Mark Margolis (Hector Salamanca) and Steven Bauer (Don Eladio) worked together in the movie Scarface (1983).
  • Aaron Paul says the word "bitch" 54 times throughout the series.
  • Jesse and Walt Jr. are the only regular characters from the first season who never meet each other in the series.
  • Although the main character commits many serious crimes, including money laundering, murder, and manufacturing and distributing an illegal and very dangerous drug, a great deal of fan hatred focused on Skyler. Fans have created many Facebook and other Web pages dedicated to Skyler's perceived flaws. Anna Gunn wrote an August 24, 2013, New York Times op-ed titled "I Have a Character Issue" about the phenomenon of TV viewers hating strong female characters such as Skyler, Carmela Soprano of The Sopranos (1999), and Betty Draper of Mad Men (2007), despite the fact that they are wives of male characters who engage in much less sympathetic and often outright criminal behavior.
  • Steven Bauer (Don Eladio) and Giancarlo Esposito (Gus Fring) who play enemies in the show, previously starred together in the show South Beach (2006), the movie Doing Hard Time (2004) and in a production of the play "Balm in Gilead" which also starred Breaking Bad actor Mark Margolis (Hector Salamanca). Bauer and Margolis also acted alongside one another in another drug-related project Scarface (1983).
  • Raymond Cruz's Tuco Salamanca would have been retained for the entire run of season 2 if Cruz hadn't landed a major role on the TV series The Closer (2005).
  • The two chemical elements Bromine and Barium, the abbreviated forms of which appear as high-lighted boldface fonts in the title - (Br)eaking) (Ba)d - have nothing to do with the manufacture of "crystal meth" (Methamphetamine).
  • Betsy Brandt was pregnant during season two. Whenever she reached the point in the pregnancy that Skyler was supposed to be, the producers would do pick-up shots with her as the fake bare belly on Anna Gunn.
  • Jonathan Banks (Mike) played in Gremlins (1984), while Dean Norris (Hank) appeared in the sequel Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990).
  • During the fight scene between Jesse and Tuco, Aaron Paul ended up getting knocked unconscious and actually got a concussion, for which he needed medical attention.
  • Here are the names shown in the opening credits, with that person's chemical abbreviation letters, and the full name of that element in the periodic table of elements: Bryan Cranston - Br - Bromine; Anna Gunn - Na - Sodium (Natrium); Aaron Paul - Ar - Argon; Dean Norris - N - Nitrogen; Betsy Brandt - Be - Beryllium; 'Dj. Qualls' - Al - Aluminium; Krysten Ritter - Kr - Krypton; Matt Jones - At - Astatine; Steven Michael Quezada - H - Hydrogen; Skip Macdonald - Ac - Actinium; Robb Wilson King - W - Tungsten (Wolfram); Michael Slovis - Ch - (Ch is not an element of the periodic table.); Dave Porter - Po - Polonium; Sharon Bialy - S - Sulfur; Sherry Thomas - Y - Yttrium; Sam Catlin - Ca - Calcium; Stewart Lyons - Ar - Argon; Melissa Bernstein - Be - Beryllium; John Shiban - Ba - Barium; Mark Johnson - O - Oxygen; Karen Moore - Mo - Molybdenum; Peter Gould - Te - Tellurium; Terry McDonough - Er - Erbium.
  • Bryan Cranston has a Breaking Bad tattoo on his ring finger.
  • The last episode aired September 29th, 2013.
  • Jonathan Banks and Steven Bauer who both play criminals in the show, played partners working for the New York District Attorney's Office to investigate the drug underworld in the show Wiseguy (1987).
  • Samuel L. Jackson showed up unannounced during filming on the Pollos Hermanos set one day, dressed in his Nick Fury outfit from The Avengers (2012). Both productions were happening on the same studio lot, and Jackson wanted to be an extra during the scene being filmed. The producers denied his request to appear as Nick Fury on the show.
  • Walt's car is a well-used 2003 Pontiac Aztek, repainted a pale non-factory dull green. The windshield was broken and replaced several times due to catastrophes both great and small, all traceable to Walt's descent into the drug world. The Aztek was widely derided as ugly, overpriced, and low- quality. It never met sales quotas, and has been blamed for the death of the Pontiac brand. However, its versatility won it a small, loyal following. The show's production kept at least 2 Azteks equipped for different filming situations.
  • In the beginning of each episode, the chemical formula C10H15N along with the number 149.24 and the word "Meth" can be seen just before the title Breaking Bad appears. C10H15N is the formula for methamphetamine, which has the molecular weight of 149.24.
  • When one of Tuco's two cousins was cast, he was asked if he knew of anyone who looked similar, with a strong physique and the same intensity. He recommended his brother, who got the role immediately.
  • Walter White's alias, Heisenberg, is a tribute to Werner Heisenberg, who formulated the uncertainty principle, which states that it is impossible to determine simultaneously both the position and velocity of an electron or any other particle with any great degree of accuracy or certainty.
  • Gus Fring was originally supposed to appear in only three or four episodes. Giancarlo Esposito was asked to return for seven episodes in season three. Esposito refused to return unless he could appear in more episodes. He ended up appearing in 11 episodes in the third season.
  • The mascot for Walter Jr.'s high school is the Skyhawk. Signs can be seen on the walls in some of the school shots. Vince Gilligan went to L.C. Byrd High School in Chesterfield, VA, where the mascot is the Skyhawk.
  • According to Giancarlo Esposito, he based his performance as Gus Fring on Edward James Olmos's performance as Lt. Martin Castillo in Miami Vice (1984). He noticed that Olmos was very quiet and still but suggested an inner turmoil. Esposito guest starred on that series three times.
  • Bryan Cranston stated in an interview that the term "breaking bad" is a southern colloquialism, referring to someone who has taken a turn off the path of the straight and narrow. The lapse could last for a day or a lifetime.
  • Aaron Paul is a perfectionist. One day, while filming a scene in which a boulder fell to the ground next to White, Paul asked if he could stand on the other side of Bryan Cranston for a scene.
  • Breaking bad's first episode "Pilot"(#1 episode) and the last episode "Felina" (#62 episode) are directed by series's creator Vince Gilligan.
  • Steven Bauer plays Don Eladio, who is the head of the Juarez drug cartel) and runs it in Mexico. Steven Bauer also played Carlos Ayala in Traffic (2000), who was the American distributor working for the Tijuana cartel, whose rivals were the Juarez cartel.
  • Several actors from this series have made guest appearances on David E. Kelley's legal drama The Practice (1997), all dissimilar to their character's on Breaking Bad: Anna Gunn played a district attorney who was not keen on breaking the law; Giancarlo Esposito played an African American who was wrongly accused of murder; Mark Margolis played an Italian American wrongly accused of being a mobster.
  • In 2005, after Showtime, TNT, and HBO rejected the initial pitch for the series, FX stepped in and immediately began development on the pilot. They eventually passed on the project in favor of the Courteney Cox show Dirt (2007), in a bid to draw more female viewers. According to Vince Gilligan, HBO showed no interest even on the pitch. TNT loved the idea, but said that they couldn't air a show with a crystal meth dealer as the central character.
  • According to Bryan Cranston, David Alexandre still thinks he was surplaying. He even thought about giving up during season 1.
  • Gus Fring was originally written as a character named Kesyer Söze (a reference to The Usual Suspects (1995)). Söze was supposed to appear late in the first season but a writers strike shortened the season. Giancarlo Esposito who played Gus appeared in The Usual Suspects.
  • On the Breaking Bad podcast, Creator Vince Gilligan revealed that Mark Margolis was initially intended to become the main antagonist from Season 3 on. However, they eventually decided to make Giancarlo Esposito the series' main antagonist instead.
  • While pitching the show to Bryan Cranston, Vince Gilligan told him he wanted to start off with a nerdy Mr. Chips type character and transform him into Scarface.
  • 10 actors cast on the show have previously appeared in the Vince Gilligan produced The X-Files (1993). Bryan Cranston in The X-Files: Drive (1998), Aaron Paul in The X-Files: Lord of the Flies (2001), Dean Norris in The X-Files: F. Emasculata (1995), Michael Shamus Wiles in "The End" (Season 5) and "En Ami" (Season 7), Raymond Cruz in The X-Files: El Mundo Gira (1997), Javier Grajeda in _Tithonus_, Danny Trejo in The X-Files: Redrum (2000), Dale Dickey in _Existence_, Dan Desmond in The X-Files: Salvage (2001), and John Koyama who served as a stuntman on The X-Files (1993).

Goofs

  • Character error: Don Eladio is a Mexican drug kingpin. However, he speaks Spanish with a Cuban accent. The actor,portraying the character, Steven Bauer, is a Cuban-American.