It can’t be easy to find the perfect job after starring on one of the most acclaimed TV shows. The cast of however, Breaking BadIt was exactly that.
The series, which premiered on AMC in January 2008 was about Walter White, a high school chemistry teacher.Bryan Cranston) who begins cooking meth with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron PaulAfter learning that he has stage-three lung carcinoma, he was told to ).
Drama created by Vince GilliganIt had a slow start in the eyes of critics but became one the most talked-about TV shows by the second season. Breaking BadThe series aired for five seasons. Its final season aired on September 29, 2013.
“I remember reading things [like] ‘Shame on Sony, shame on AMC for greenlighting a show that’s glamorizing the cooking and selling of meth,’” Paul told Entertainment Weekly2018 “All of that quickly went away the moment we hit the air.”
Cranston also recalled a similar discussion about how they’d promote the show. “We all came to an idea: ‘We’ll talk about what the show is really about. It’s about this man’s decision-making.’ But we never had to use it,” he said. “It just dissipated because the critics and fans saw what the show was about and were sympathetic to these characters.”
Despite its heavy content, the show was a huge success. It won 16 Primetime Emmy Awards from 58 nominations. Cranston received four Emmy Awards, while Paul took home 3. Anna Gunn, who portrayed Cranston’s wife, won twice. The show was named by Guinness World Records the most critically acclaimed series of all time in 2013.
“He’ll be in my life forever,” Paul said when discussing his bond with Cranston, who echoed that sentiment.
“It’s not imperative that you even like the people you work with. It’s not. But you still have to do your job,” he told EW. “It makes things easier when you like them, and if it develops into genuine love, you are so lucky. And that’s what happened.”
The cast also included Dean Norris, RJ Mitte, Betsy Brandt Bob Odenkirk, all stayed close — and some have reprised their Breaking Bad roles. A sequel film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was released on Netflix and in theaters October 2019. 2015 Better Call Saul, a prequel to Breaking BadAMC premiered the series on April 20, 2022. It has been nominated more than 40 times for Primetime Emmys. The series’ sixth and final season aired from April to August 2022.
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