Breaking Bad

Genres: Drama
Broadcast on: M-Net Series, M-Net Series Showcase, M-Net Series Zone, M-Net Action, AMC Africa, SundanceTV



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Broadcaster information
International channels
AMC : 20 Jan 2008 - 29 Sep 2013

South African channels

M-Net Action : 05 May 2008 - 14 Jan 2011
M-Net Series : 20 Oct 2011 - 15 Nov 2012
M-Net Series Showcase : 25 Aug 2013 - 13 Oct 2013
M-Net Series Zone : 29 Nov 2013 - 13 Dec 2013
AMC Africa : 08 Oct 2015 - 28 Jul 2016
SundanceTV : 08 Jun 2017 - 23 Dec 2017

About the Show

Breaking Bad is an American television drama series created by X-Files co-producer Vince Gilligan, about a chemistry teacher who turns to a life of crime (specifically dealing methamphetamine) after being diagnosed with terminal lung cancer.

The title is taken from the American slang "to break bad", which means to go against social conventions.

Once a successful chemist, Walter now teaches apathetic high school students and works part-time at a car wash to help support his family.

When the already tense White is diagnosed with terminal lung cancer, he breaks down and turns to a life of crime, setting up a meth lab in order to support his family.

His wife Skyler earns a modest income buying and selling items on eBay, and their son Walter, Jr., is a strong-willed 17-year-old suffering from cerebral palsy.

Realising he has nothing but his family left to live for, Walter's new sense of purpose reinvigorates him into a man of action as he turns to an exciting life of crime to provide for the ones he loves.

Breaking Bad is produced by High Bridge and Gran Via Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television for AMC.

Broadcast Notes

The series aired in the USA on AMC from 20 January, 2008 to 29 September, 2013. There are 62 hour-long episodes in five seasons.

Breaking Bad premiered in South Africa on DStv's M-Net Action channel on Monday 5 May 2008, at 20h00. It was moved to DStv's M-Net Series channel for the fourth season and to M-Net Series Showcase midway through Season 5. The second half of Season 5 also aired on M-Net Series Zone.

All five seasons we released simultaneously by VOD service ShowMax on Tuesday 17 November, 2015.


Walter H. White

Skyler White

Jesse Pinkman

Hank Schrader

Marie Schrader

Walter White, Jr.

Gustavo "Gus" Fring

Saul Goodman


Lydia Rodarte-Quayle


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