Breaking Bad (2008–2013)
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Pilot 

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Diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, chemistry teacher Walter White teams up with former student Jesse Pinkman to cook and sell crystal meth.

Director:

Vince Gilligan

Writers:

Vince Gilligan (created by), Vince Gilligan
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bryan Cranston ... Walter White
Anna Gunn ... Skyler White
Aaron Paul ... Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris ... Hank Schrader
Betsy Brandt ... Marie Schrader
RJ Mitte ... Walter White, Jr.
Max Arciniega ... Krazy-8
John Koyama ... Emilio
Steven Michael Quezada ... Gomez
Marius Stan ... Bogdan
Aaron Hill ... Jock
Gregory Chase Gregory Chase ... Dr. Belknap (as Greg Chase)
Carmen Serano ... Carmen
Evan Bobrick Evan Bobrick ... Chad
Roberta Marquez Seret Roberta Marquez Seret ... Chad's Girlfriend (as Roberta Marquez)
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Storyline

Days after his 50th birthday, chemistry teacher Walter White's life of quiet desperation completely transforms when he's diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. To support his pregnant wife and their son, he partners with Jesse, a former student, to turn an old RV into a mobile meth lab. But their first attempt at unloading their product takes a deadly turn when Jesse introduces Walt to his unstable business associates. Written by Anonymous

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Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Trivia

In the very beginning of the opening credits, the formula and molecular weight of Methamphetamine - C 10 H 15 N and 149.24, flash on the screen. See more »

Goofs

Walt accompanies Hank and Gomez on a bust but civilians are not allowed into DEA vehicles by law. (It is possible that Hank knowingly broke the rule.) See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Walter H. White: My name is Walter Hartwell White. I live at 308 Negra Arroyo Lane, Albuquerque, New Mexico. 87104. To all law enforcement entities, this is not an admission of guilt. I am speaking to my family now.
[covers camera momentarily]
Walter H. White: Skyler, you are the love of my life, I hope you know that. Walter junior, you're my big man. There are... there are going to be some things, things that you'll come to learn about me in the next few days. I just want you to know that, no matter how it may look,...
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Alternate Versions

The version of the pilot episode that was broadcast on IFC (Independent Film Channel) was uncensored and complete uncut. It was around one minute longer than the original aired version on AMC, who censored for example naked breasts via soft focus lens (when Walter watches Jesse escaping through the window Jesse's girlfriend is naked and throws his clothes out). See more »

Connections

References Sesame Street (1969) See more »

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A Gosar
Performed by SDK featuring Tori Papa
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The Pilot: Or, How Breaking Bad Ruined TV For Me
24 June 2014 | by tahmeedkcSee all my reviews

Walter White and Jesse Pinkman are an interesting combination. Bryan Cranston and Aaaron Paul give us a hit of some outstanding chemistry (no pun intended), and this episode was a perfect beginning for one of TV's greatest shows.

Walter White is a 50 year old over-qualified high school chemistry teacher. He discovers one day while working at his second job ( washing cars, embarrassingly), that he has 3rd stage Lung Cancer. He goes on a ride along with his brother Hank, a DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) agent to bust a methamphetamine lab. This is where all the action begins, with the end of the episode being iconic: Walt, in his underwear with a gun pointing at the screen.

How one situation leads to another is incredible in this show. In the opening episode, the set-up for astounding character development is laid: it followed through magnificently in the following seasons.

Bryan Cranston gave an Emmy-winning performance for this episode. His performance was a visceral revelation, and Aaron Paul is outstanding as Jesse Pinkman. This show is one to binge-watch, and due to account of this episode, one to admire forever.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 2008 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Einstieg See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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