The Best Episodes of Breaking Bad

Last Updated: Nov 20, 2018

Walter White, a struggling high school chemistry teacher, is diagnosed with advanced lung cancer. He turns to a life of crime, producing and selling methamphetamine accompanied by a former student, Jesse Pinkman, with the aim of securing his family's financial future before he dies.

Felina

#1 - Felina

Season 5 - Episode 16

All bad things must come to an end.

star 9.29
6,777 votes
Directors: Vince Gilligan
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Face Off

#2 - Face Off

Season 4 - Episode 13

Walt and Jesse team up to take on Gus. With Saul's help, Walt finds an unexpected ally.

star 9.08
4,496 votes
Directors: Vince Gilligan
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Ozymandias

#3 - Ozymandias

Season 5 - Episode 14

Everyone copes with radically changed circumstances.

star 9.03
6,035 votes
Directors: Rian Johnson
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett
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To'hajiilee

#4 - To'hajiilee

Season 5 - Episode 13

Things heat up for Walt in unexpected ways.

star 8.84
5,508 votes
Writers: George Mastras
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Full Measure

#5 - Full Measure

Season 3 - Episode 13

With Jesse on the run and Mike in hot pursuit, Walt negotiates a bargain with Gus and concocts a disturbing plan to provide for his and Jesse's safety.

star 8.73
4,179 votes
Directors: Vince Gilligan
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Salud

#6 - Salud

Season 4 - Episode 10

Walt's family worries when he doesn't turn up for Walter, Jr.'s 16th birthday. Jesse is forced to put his lab skills to the test without Mr. White's help.

star 8.68
4,161 votes
Writers: Peter Gould, Gennifer Hutchison
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Blood Money

#7 - Blood Money

Season 5 - Episode 9

As Walt and Jesse adjust to life out of the business, Hank grapples with a troubling lead.

star 8.66
5,454 votes
Directors: Bryan Cranston
Writers: Peter Gould
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Granite State

#8 - Granite State

Season 5 - Episode 15

Events set in motion long ago move toward a conclusion.

star 8.66
5,337 votes
Directors: Peter Gould
Writers: Peter Gould
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Dead Freight

#9 - Dead Freight

Season 5 - Episode 5

Walt's team must get creative to obtain the materials they need to continue their operation.

star 8.65
4,438 votes
Directors: George Mastras
Writers: George Mastras
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Confessions

#10 - Confessions

Season 5 - Episode 11

Jesse decides to make a change, while Walt and Skyler try to deal with an unexpected demand.

star 8.65
5,255 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Gennifer Hutchison
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One Minute

#11 - One Minute

Season 3 - Episode 7

Hank's increasing volatility forces a confrontation with Jesse and trouble at work. Skyler pressures Walt to make a deal. Gus' actions have severe consequences.

star 8.65
4,125 votes
Writers: Thomas Schnauz
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Crawl Space

#12 - Crawl Space

Season 4 - Episode 11

Walt takes drastic action to protect his secret and Gus. Skyler's efforts to solve Ted's financial problems hit a wall.

star 8.62
4,178 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: George Mastras, Sam Catlin
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Gliding Over All

#13 - Gliding Over All

Season 5 - Episode 8

Walt ties up loose ends. Seeing the evidence of his success, he makes a startling and dangerous decision.

star 8.62
4,563 votes
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett
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Half Measures

#14 - Half Measures

Season 3 - Episode 12

Against Walt's advice, Jesse lashes out. Fearing for Jesse's safety, Walt takes drastic action to intervene. A tragic event leads to a shocking confrontation.

star 8.61
4,153 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Sam Catlin, Peter Gould
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End Times

#15 - End Times

Season 4 - Episode 12

Hank pushes Gomez to pursue one last lead, while Walt struggles to protect the family. Jesse gets alarming news and rushes to meet with Mr. White.

star 8.50
4,073 votes
Directors: Vince Gilligan
Writers: Thomas Schnauz, Moira Walley-Beckett
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Crazy Handful of Nothin'

#16 - Crazy Handful of Nothin'

Season 1 - Episode 6

The side effects of chemo begin to plague Walt. Meanwhile, the DEA rounds up suspected dealers.

star 8.49
4,870 votes
Directors: Bronwen Hughes
Writers: George Mastras
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Say My Name

#17 - Say My Name

Season 5 - Episode 7

Walt takes control of business matters as Mike grapples with the consequences of his actions.

star 8.47
4,380 votes
Directors: Thomas Schnauz
Writers: Thomas Schnauz
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ABQ

#18 - ABQ

Season 2 - Episode 13

Skyler and Walt collide in the season finale as her frustration with his secrecy finally comes to a head. Jesse self-destructs after a personal blow, forcing Walt to come to his aid. Donald's grief leads to tragedy.

star 8.42
4,084 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Box Cutter

#19 - Box Cutter

Season 4 - Episode 1

Walt and Jesse face the deadly consequences of their actions. Skyler deals with a puzzling disappearance, as Marie struggles to help Hank with his recovery.

star 8.40
4,296 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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Rabid Dog

#20 - Rabid Dog

Season 5 - Episode 12

An unusual strategy starts to bear fruit, while plans are set in motion that could change everything.

star 8.37
5,026 votes
Directors: Sam Catlin
Writers: Sam Catlin
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Phoenix

#21 - Phoenix

Season 2 - Episode 12

The Whites welcome a new addition. Walter Jr. launches a new website in an effort to aid his struggling family. Jesse's addiction begins to spiral out of control. Jane and Jesse's relationship leads to friction with both Walt and Donald.

star 8.36
4,028 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: John Shiban
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Sunset

#22 - Sunset

Season 3 - Episode 6

As Walt settles into his new surroundings, Walter, Jr. demands answers about his parents' relationship. Hank's investigation creates an immediate problem for Walt and Jesse.

star 8.36
4,050 votes
Directors: John Shiban
Writers: John Shiban
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A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal

#23 - A No-Rough-Stuff-Type Deal

Season 1 - Episode 7

Walter accepts his new identity as a drug dealer after a PTA meeting. Elsewhere, Jesse decides to put his aunt's house on the market and Skyler is the recipient of a baby shower.

star 8.36
4,718 votes
Directors: Tim Hunter
Writers: Peter Gould
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Buried

#24 - Buried

Season 5 - Episode 10

While Skyler's past catches up with her, Walt covers his tracks. Jesse continues to struggle with his guilt.

star 8.32
5,121 votes
Writers: Thomas Schnauz
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Pilot

#25 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

When an unassuming high school chemistry teacher discovers he has a rare form of lung cancer, he decides to team up with a former student and create a top of the line crystal meth in a used RV, to provide for his family once he is gone.

star 8.31
7,053 votes
Directors: Vince Gilligan
Writers: Vince Gilligan
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