What Is Breaking Bad
The show title is based on a Southern colloquialism meaning, among other things, “raising hell”, and was chosen by Gilligan to describe Walter’s transformation.According to Timeentertainment editor Lily Rothman, the term has a broader meaning and is an old phrase which “connotes more violence than ‘raising hell’ does…. The words possess a wide variety of nuances: to ‘break bad’ can mean to ‘go wild,’ to ‘defy authority’ and break the law, to be verbally ‘combative, belligerent, or threatening’ or, followed by the preposition ‘on,’ to ‘completely dominate or humiliate.'”
Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. By the time the series finale aired, the series was among the most-watched cable shows on American television. The show received numerous awards, including sixteen Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards and a People’s Choice Award. For his leading performance, Cranston won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series four times. In 2013, Breaking Bad entered Guinness the World Records as the highest rated show of all time.