From its creepy intro and eerie atmosphere, to its amazing characters and writing, 'Breaking Bad' is a show, created by Vince Gilligan, in 2008 and ran until 2013. Although I am sure you all know by now exactly what it is about, still, here is a short synopsis. Breaking Bad follows a high school Chemistry teacher, called Walter White, who gets diagnosed with lung cancer and through a chain of events, decides to start cooking meth to provide for his family, together with a student from previous years - Jesse Pinkman. He goes through many, many ups and downs, near-to-death experiences and dangerous obstacles to get what he wants. And even as he said in the show - he goes one step forward and two steps back. This show is one-of-a-kind and definitely worth watching, although it may sound unusual in the beginning. Prepare to be hooked right from the start, for this isn't your typical TV show.
"You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."
— Walter White
Villain or Hero?
These characters.. They really know how to twist your mind. You cry with them, laugh with them, feel angry with them... The acting of everyone, is out of this world. Especially Bryan Cranston (Walter White) and Aaron Paul (Jesse Pinkman), who both manage to bring their characters to life so well. Although they're committing all these crimes, you still root for them, feel sympathy and hope they do not get caught.
Walter - our anti-hero. He convinces you so well that all that he does is for his family only. And you believe him so easily. And if you ask me, he probably did it for his family at first. If he had not gone into the business, he probably would've died in the first few episodes, since they wouldn't have enough money to pay for his chemo-therapies.
Jesse, also, undergoes a huge development throughout the 5 seasons. In the first few episodes, we see him as this drug-dealer, he's quite immature and irresponsible. However, as the series progresses, we learn that he is vulnerable and deep inside cares a lot for others. It was so painful to see him get attached to something or someone and later for that thing to be ripped from him. You start even feeling sorry for him at one point for getting himself mixed up in everything.
And the rest of the characters that make this show: Hank, Saul, Mike, Gus.. Everyone has such a big importance and role in this series that I don't think it would have been the same without them. Even Skyler, who I wasn't a big fan of in the beginning. She still is a big part of Walt's development. Although I think we all saw her just as an obstacle in his path.
Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman
What separates it from other TV shows?
And we've come back to the main question, the title of this page: What separates it from other TV shows? What makes it so different, so memorable and watchable? Well there are many factors.
• First of which I think is the plot. When I first found out that this show is about a chemistry professor breaking bad, I honestly did not really think much of it. It sounded creative, but not like something I'd enjoy very much. But my mind was completely blown away after watching it. This show is able to surprise even those who do not like the sound of it at first. You go in maybe because of the many great things you've heard about it, to see where the weird story will go. But you stay for its beauty, the thought-provoking elements and its ability to drag your interest to it fully.
• Then comes its writing. Vince Gilligan really is a master at what he does. The dialogue is so well thought-out and is written perfectly for each character. It has some humor intertwined between the serious scenes. The famous 'Yes science!' by Jesse or his ridiculous voicemail always manage to bring a smile to my face. It has various lessons that you learn while watching the show. It is filled with so many smart and unexpected twists and turns, making you on the edge of your seat the whole time and wanting more.
• And the last factor I think is that it ended at a perfect point. There was no need for more seasons. Although the ending was bittersweet, it was suitable for the show. I love that it did not do what many others shows do, they see that the show is successful and decide to drag it on and on for more unneeded seasons. But this one is different. Each episode of each season made, had a purpose. And that is something that is quite rare and should be appreciated when found in today's TV.
It doesn't end here...
Although Breaking Bad has ended a couple of years ago, there has been a spin-off made by the amazing Vince Gilligan. It's called 'Better Call Saul' and it revolves around Saul Goodman, the lawyer who has appeared in Breaking Bad. This spin-off explores his past and how he got to where he is now. I started it yesterday and already am obsessed. It is not as good as Breaking Bad, but still is amazing. I highly recommend it for anyone that had enjoyed the original. And there have also been some rumors about a Breaking Bad movie, although I think that nothing has been confirmed yet.