TV Series | TV-MA | | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer turns to manufacturing and selling methamphetamine in order to secure his family's future.
Vince Gilligan had already cast Bryan Cranston against his usual type in The X-Files (1993) episode The X-Files: Drive (1998). Cranston played a white supremacist with an infection that makes his head explode if his car's speed dips below 50 miles per hour. Gilligan has said their collaboration convinced him that Cranston was the only actor who could portray Walter White.
In the pilot episode Walt is celebrating his 50th birthday, S5 E4 Walt turns 51 and on the series finale he turns 52. However, it isn't until S4 E10 that Walt Jr, aka Flynn, celebrates his 16th birthday and in the finale episode he is coming up in his 18th birthday. The entire span of 6 seasons was to take place in 2 years of story line.
Opening credits use chemical symbols from the periodic table of elements as part of names : bromine (Br), and barium (Ba) for the title, none for creator Vince Gilligan (except when he gets a V for Vanadium), one for cast and crew members.
All episodes were rerun on an on-demand cable channel in some areas, without commercials but with additional scenes not included on AMC.