Documentary series about terrible television.

Type: Variety

Languages: English

Status: Running

Runtime: 60 minutes

Premier: 2015-07-31

The Best of Bad TV - Breaking Bad - Netflix

Breaking Bad is an American neo-Western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. It tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism “breaking bad”, meaning to “raise hell” or turn toward crime. Breaking Bad is set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Walter's family consists of his wife Skyler (Anna Gunn) and children, Walter, Jr. (RJ Mitte) and Holly (Elanor Anne Wenrich). The show also features Skyler's sister Marie Schrader (Betsy Brandt), and her husband Hank (Dean Norris), a Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agent. Walter hires lawyer Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), who connects him with private investigator and fixer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks) and in turn Mike's employer, drug kingpin Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito). The final season introduces the characters Todd Alquist (Jesse Plemons) and Lydia Rodarte-Quayle (Laura Fraser). Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. By the time the series finale aired, it was among the most-watched cable shows on American television. The show received numerous awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Critics' Choice Awards and four Television Critics Association Awards. For his leading performance, Cranston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times, while Aaron Paul won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series three times; Anna Gunn won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series twice. In 2013, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time.

The Best of Bad TV - Spin-offs and adaptations - Netflix

In July and August 2013, amidst the host of games, merchandise, podcasts, and various media AMC had released on the “Exclusives” section of the show's official website, over the course of the series, the digital comic book Breaking Bad: All Bad Things was released in August 2013. The comic “recaps the first four-and-a-half seasons of Walter White's descent from mild-mannered chemistry teacher to drug kingpin”. From August 11, 2013, to September 29, 2013, eight episodes of the live talk show, Talking Bad, aired on AMC, following Breaking Bad. The host, Chris Hardwick, and guests – who included celebrity fans, cast members, and Breaking Bad crew members, discussed episodes that aired immediately preceding the talk show. Talking Bad was inspired by the success of Talking Dead (also hosted by Hardwick), which airs immediately following new episodes of The Walking Dead, and the talk shows share a similar logo and theme music. In October 2013, New York composer Sung Jin Hong announced his intentions to create an opera inspired by the Breaking Bad episode “Ozymandias”. In March 2017, a film was released by two French fans of the show (film director Lucas Stoll and graphic designer Gaylor Morestin) that took the series and put most of the essential parts of the storyline into a two-hour feature-length film format. The film received mixed reviews, with Polygon calling it “a pretty good two-hour movie”, while Vox described it as “This works to a degree. The film is interesting and watchable, but skeletal. It gives you the basic structure of the Breaking Bad plot — a high school chemistry teacher gets cancer and becomes the meth kingpin of Albuquerque — but it leaves out integral plot development, character relationships, and particularly connections and motivations. Most of Walter's relationship with Jesse Pinkman is left on the cutting room floor, which makes the actions they take regarding each other in the 'film' feel random and abrupt. Walter's wife Skyler and his brother-in-law Hank fare better, but the nuances of their relationships are also necessarily stripped down to the minimum.” The two creators described the endeavor as “a study project that became an all-consuming passion”, adding that it took “two years of sleepless nights of endless editing”.

In April 2013, it was revealed that AMC and Sony were interested in a spin-off series that would focus on Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk), with Gilligan and series writer Peter Gould developing the project. In September 2013, AMC and Sony Pictures Television officially ordered Better Call Saul, set as a prequel to Breaking Bad. The series focuses on Saul's life 6 years before he became Walter's lawyer, and premiered on February 8, 2015.

On March 13, 2013, after several days of speculation fueled by Univision, Sony confirmed that it would be making a Spanish-language remake of Breaking Bad titled Metástasis starring Diego Trujillo as Walter Blanco (Walter White) and Roberto Urbina as José Miguel Rosas (Jesse Pinkman), alongside Sandra Reyes and Julián Arango in unnamed roles. On October 2, 2013, the cast list was revealed to include Reyes as Cielo Blanco (Skyler White) and Arango as Henry Navarro (Hank Schrader), and that the show would be set in Colombia. The equivalent of Saul Goodman is named Saúl Bueno.

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