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Breaking Bad: Season 5 (2012-2013)




Critic Consensus: Breaking Bad's final season cements its status as one of television's great series, propelling its narrative to an explosive conclusion with sharp direction and assured storytelling.


Air date: Jul 15, 2012
Air date: Jul 22, 2012
Air date: Jul 29, 2012
Air date: Aug 5, 2012
Air date: Aug 12, 2012
Air date: Aug 19, 2012
Air date: Aug 26, 2012
Air date: Sep 2, 2012
Air date: Sep 9, 2013
Air date: Sep 16, 2013
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Informed he has terminal cancer, an underachieving chemistry genius turned high school teacher uses his expertise to secretly provide for his family by producing the world's highest quality crystal meth.


Bryan Cranston
as Walter White
Anna Gunn
as Skyler White
Aaron Paul
as Jesse Pinkman
Dean Norris
as Hank Schrader
Betsy Brandt
as Marie Schrader
RJ Mitte
as Walter White Jr.
Bob Odenkirk
as Saul Goodman
Patrick Sane
as Frankie
Krysten Ritter
as Jane Margolis
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Critic Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 5

All Critics (46) | Top Critics (24)

The show is an exercise in ethics and impossible choice, rooted in the heightened reality of our country's wracked and wretched West.

April 16, 2018 | Full Review…
The Nation
Top Critic

There's something about this show that just transcends, and keeps on transcending, popular entertainment. It just keeps getting better and better, going higher and higher, until mere words, mere platitudes, can no longer do it justice.

June 10, 2014 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…
Combustible Celluloid

Breaking Bad delivers a final season that is as gripping and rewarding as we've come to expect. It's the show that knocks.

January 16, 2014 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…
Flix Capacitor

Breaking Bad is essential viewing: a Molotov cocktail of poverty, science and decline.

October 14, 2013 | Full Review…
New Statesman

We get the neatness and the uncertainty, which shows a Heisenberg level of mastery.

September 30, 2013 | Full Review…

Take a bow, Vince Gilligan.

September 30, 2013 | Full Review…
Denver Post
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Breaking Bad: Season 5

The fifth and final season of Breaking Bad closes in grand fashion. A show carried by fantastic writing and monumental performances from its cast leaves fans and viewers to halt in satisfaction. Vince Gilligan's meth-junkie-filled-drama leaves their stamp as a landmark drama series. 5/5

Eugene Bernabe
Eugene Bernabe

Super Reviewer

The greatest show in the history of television

Kameron Woodall

Super Reviewer

Probably the best written and acted show of all times.

Jens S.

Super Reviewer

There have been perfect episodes, near-perfect seasons, and some picture perfect techical elements throughout the entire duration of this show, but "Breaking Bad" season five is the definition of perfection (for television). Every single episode of this season is gripping and raw. Each episode builds more and more tension leading into the incredibly emotional finale that left me more satisfied than I could have ever imagined. This is the best the writing has ever been for this show and these actors knew they were drawing to a close, because it did not matter how much screen time they were given, they gave it their all. I thought season four gave every character their times to shine, but this season does than tenfold. The conclusion of "Breaking Bad" is unlike anything television has ever had the balls to do, and I admired that to the point of actually tearing up. There are a few imperfect moments throughout the show, but you can't really complain too much, because the filmmakers knew exactly how to realistically bring you along for the entire ride without think of anything as being farfetched. A perfect conslusion to an otherwise, near-perfect show.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

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