Breaking Bad won numerous awards and received critical acclaim, with many critics finding the themes explored in the show quite similar to the real world. Breaking Bad also became a cultural phenomenon, with the show’s intensity winning a devoted following, in spite of its gritty depiction of Walter’s degenerate nature. The show was especially popular during its original 5-season run but retains a devoted fanbase, and its offshoot series are also receiving millions of viewers. The series is known for its nailbiting season premieres, mid-season cliffhangers, and finales. It is one of the most-watched non-sports television programs in American history.

Why Breaking Bad Works

Occurring in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Breaking Bad follows the trials and tribulations of Walter White (Bryan Cranston). Unable to pay for his cancer treatments on his chemistry teacher’s salary, White procures a laboratory to manufacture batches of pure “blue” methamphetamine with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul). Ultimately, he ends up dealing with issues of market access (occasionally needing to violently overcome competition), as well as security concerns provided by his DEA agent brother-in-law, Hank (Dean Norris).

In order to circumvent the DEA (and presumably the FBI) Walter acquires a quality-yet-shifty lawyer named Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), a literally and figuratively cut-throat business associate named Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito), and even makes connections with some white supremacist prison gang members. Walter White does all this while risking losing family, either due to his death (or theirs), incarceration, or their leaving him upon discovering his secret life and income source.

Scariest or Creepiest Moments

Though this isn’t really a list article, Haunted MTL is obviously a horror-themed site, so I feel partially obligated to discuss scary moments from this crime drama series. Like many other compelling crime dramas, there are absolutely some dark, disturbing, violent scenes that make Breaking Bad virtually indistinguishable from a horror story. Rather than have an extensive list, I am merely going to mention three different events that might make even jaded horror fans go “WTF?!”

Gus kills his loyal henchman (Jeremiah Bitsui) just to prove his ruthlessness:

Walt watches Jane (Krysten Ritter) die:

Gus makes another point to Walt:

What are your thoughts on Breaking Bad? What are your 3 freakiest moments from the series? Cook up an answer in the comments!

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