Breaking Bad is an intense show. It is one of my new favorites. My brother had urged me to give it a watch over a year ago, but I only more recently took the time to do so. I was hooked from start to finish.
Breaking Bad tells the story of Walt, a brilliant overqualified chemistry teacher, who becomes ill and has trouble paying for medical bills for cancer treatment. Walt is a very prideful man and does not want to accept monetary support from his friends. Through a series of coincidental events, Walt decides to put his chemistry background to use, cooking crystal meth and coming up with ways to sell it, in order to pay the bills. This results in Walt and his partner Jesse, a former flunky student of Walt's, ending up in over their heads as they try and hide their second lives from their loved ones, try to stay out of the dangers that this line of work comes with, all the while trying to maintain a profitable albeit illegal business.
The first three seasons are available on Netflix instant streaming, while the fourth season just finished airing on AMC. There will be one more major season of 16 episodes that promises to bring satisfying closure to an already stellar series. Give this show a watch. From the great acting and writing, engaging believable characters and genuinely intense situations will keep you on the edge of your seat.