# Similar TV Shows Like Breaking Bad (2008)
Genres: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Runtime: | (Entire series)
Country: USA | UK
Language: English, Spanish
Creator: Vince Gilligan
Stars: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn
Taglines: In the no-holds-barred world of Walt White, the end justifies the extreme. (season 2) Unstable. Volatile. Dangerous. And That’s Just The Chemistry. (season 3) On March 8, All Becomes Crystal Clear. (season 2) Change [the] Equation. (season 1) All Hail The King (season 5, part 1) Power Corrodes (season 5, part 1)
When chemistry teacher Walter White is diagnosed with Stage III cancer and given only two years to live, he decides he has nothing to lose. He lives with his teenage son, who has cerebral palsy, and his wife, in New Mexico. Determined to ensure that his family will have a secure future, Walt embarks on a career of drugs and crime. He proves to be remarkably proficient in this new world as he begins manufacturing and selling methamphetamine with one of his former students. The series tracks the impacts of a fatal diagnosis on a regular, hard working man, and explores how a fatal diagnosis affects his morality and transforms him into a major player of the drug trade.
The complete series was released on DVD and Blu-ray on November 26, 2013, in a collectible box shaped like one of the barrels used by Walt to bury his money.The set contains various features, including a two-hour documentary and a humorous alternate ending that features Cranston as his character from Malcolm in the Middle and Jane Kaczmarek as hers, in a nod to the final scene from Newhart.
Season 1 (2008)
The first season was originally intended to be nine episodes, but due to the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike only seven episodes were filmed. It ran from January 20 to March 9, 2008.
A struggling high school chemistry teacher, Walter White (Bryan Cranston), is diagnosed with inoperable, advanced lung cancer. On a ride-along with his DEA agent brother-in-law Hank Schrader (Dean Norris), Walter sees a former student of his, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), fleeing the scene of a meth lab. He later contacts Jesse and devises a scheme to become partners in an attempt to combine their skills to manufacture and distribute methamphetamine, with Walter cooking the product and Jesse using his street connections to distribute it. Walter says he wants to provide financial stability for his pregnant wife, Skyler (Anna Gunn) and disabled son, and to pay for his expensive cancer treatment.During Walter and Jesse’s first days of selling Albuquerque’s finest meth, they encounter a series of problems with local drug dealers. He continues to produce meth despite these setbacks using the alias “Heisenberg”.