Breaking Bad follows Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a high-school chemistry teacher struggling with a recent diagnosis of stage-three lung cancer. He partners with former student, Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), and gets caught up in a life of crime producing and distributing meth in order to secure a financially stable future for his family before he dies.
The crime drama aired in 2008 and ran until 2013 for a total of five seasons. Breaking Bad saw a rise in popularity before the premiere of the fourth season due to its availability on Netflix and received 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe Awards and two Peabody Awards. A prequel series called Better Call Saul aired from 2015 to 2022. A sequel film, El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie, was released on Netflix and in theaters in 2019.