Breaking Bad

2008 NR 6 seasons

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Breaking Bad

2008 NR 6 seasons
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Emmy winner Bryan Cranston stars as Walter White, a high school science teacher who learns that he has terminal lung cancer and teams with a former student to manufacture and sell high-quality crystal meth to secure his family's future.
SEASON  1
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2
  • SEASON  3
  • SEASON  4
  • SEASON  5:1
  • SEASON  5:2

Summary of Season 1 (2008) - 3 discs

Diagnosed with cancer and given only two years to live, high school chemistry teacher Walter White attempts to secure his family's financial future by teaming with his former student, Jesse Pinkman, to produce and distribute crystal meth.
Format
Blu-ray DVD Streaming
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
French, Spanish (Neutral), Portuguese
CC
No
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Screen
Widescreen Anamorphic 1.78:1
Subtitles
French
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Rating
NR - Not rated. This movie has not been rated by the MPAA.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
  • Bryan Cranston
  • Anna Gunn
  • Aaron Paul
  • Dean Norris
  • Betsy Brandt
  • R.J. Mitte
  • Bob Odenkirk
  • Steven Michael Quezada
  • Jonathan Banks
  • Giancarlo Esposito
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Reviews

age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Breaking Bad isn't intended for kids; its intense, morally ambiguous characters and storylines are a much better fit for mature audiences. The main character starts out as an essentially good person who's driven to extreme negative behavior (manufacturing methamphetamines and more) by depression and desperation; over the course of the show, his good side becomes less and less evident. There's a good bit of swearing (though "f--k" is muted on the network airing, but not on the DVD or streaming versions), frequent violence (sometimes extremely graphic), and some sexual content (a woman is shown topless, but her breasts are blurred on the network version, though not on the DVD or streaming versions).

Sexual Content

In one scene, a bare-breasted woman leans out a window, but her breasts are blurred out on the network version, but not on the DVD or streaming versions. Walt and his wife have some intense sexual encounters, but nothing graphic is shown -- it's all implied.

Violence

Frequent graphic violence. Shooting and threats of shooting; other physical scuffles, beatings, and attacks; explosions (some with horrifying results); poisonings; accidental deaths. In one first-season episode, in an attempt to defend himself, Walt creates phosphine gas and poisons his attackers; later, the consequences are shown, and Walt and Jesse must dispose of one of the bodies -- which turns into a disgusting, bloody mess.

Language

Audible language includes words like "ass" and "bitch," while "f--k" and "bulls--t" are muted on the network version, but not on the DVD or streaming versions. References to male anatomy, including "dick" and "prick." A character flips some others the bird.

Social Behavior

Although Walt's actions are (at least initially) motivated by his desire to provide for his family, the show's take-aways are pretty grim overall. Good and evil are constantly muddled, bad things happen to "good" people for no reason, many characters do horrible things in the name of revenge, and there's no reward for doing the right thing.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

The show revolves around making and selling illegal drugs; some characters are addicts. Walt is touted by the dealers as an artist for his skill at making methamphetamines. Also drinking and prescription drug use.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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