The WORST Episodes of Breaking Bad

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 6, 2020

Network: Netflix

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.


#1 - Fly

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired May 23, 2010

Walt becomes obsessed with a contaminant in the lab and refuses to finish the cook until it is eliminated. A frustrated Jesse attempts to get Walt back on track.

star 7.25
13,186 votes
Directors: Rian Johnson
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett, Sam Catlin

#2 - Down

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Mar 29, 2009

Walt tries to reconnect with his family. Still suspicious of her husband's actions, Skyler keeps her distance. Jesse finds himself without a place to live and struggles to cope.

star 7.61
13,128 votes
Directors: John Dahl
Writers: Sam Catlin
Green Light

#3 - Green Light

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Apr 11, 2010

Walt loses control as he reacts to Skyler's news, endangering his job and relationships with Saul and Jesse. Hank throws himself into his blue meth investigation. Jesse enacts a new plan.

star 7.63
12,828 votes
Directors: Scott Winant
Writers: Sam Catlin
Thirty-Eight Snub

#4 - Thirty-Eight Snub

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 24, 2011

Walt attempts to form a new alliance as he plans his next move. Skyler pushes Walt towards a business opportunity, in hopes of protecting the family.

star 7.69
13,068 votes
Writers: George Mastras

#5 - Breakage

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 5, 2009

Tensions and bills mount at the White household. Hank makes progress at work, but struggles with some residual effects from his encounter with Tuco. Jesse takes charge and assembles a crew of dealers to get their product out on the streets.

star 7.71
13,593 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Moira Walley
Bit by a Dead Bee

#6 - Bit by a Dead Bee

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Mar 22, 2009

Walt and Jesse cover their tracks, but as a result, both of their financial situations suffer. Meanwhile, Hank and his DEA colleagues may have a break in their meth investigation.

star 7.71
14,210 votes
Directors: Terry McDonough
Writers: Peter Gould
Gray Matter

#7 - Gray Matter

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Feb 24, 2008

Walter and Skyler attend a former colleague's party. Jesse tries to free himself from the drugs, while Skyler organizes an intervention.

star 7.72
15,291 votes
Directors: Tricia Brock
Writers: Patty Lin
Cancer Man

#8 - Cancer Man

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Feb 17, 2008

Walter finally tells his family that he has been stricken with cancer. Meanwhile, the DEA believes Albuquerque has a new, big time player to worry about. Meanwhile, a worthy recipient is the target of a depressed Walter's anger, and Jesse makes a surprise visit to his parents home.

star 7.72
15,616 votes
Directors: Jim McKay
Writers: Vince Gilligan
...And the Bag's in the River

#9 - ...And the Bag's in the River

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Feb 10, 2008

Walter fights with Jesse over his drug use, causing him to leave Walter alone with their captive, Krazy-8. Meanwhile, Hank has a scared straight moment with Walter Jr. after his aunt discovers he has been smoking pot. Also, Skylar is upset when Walter stays away from home.

star 7.74
16,090 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Vince Gilligan
Open House

#10 - Open House

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired Jul 31, 2011

Events spiral out of control at Jesse’s place. Skyler reluctantly asks for Saul’s help. Marie returns to an old pastime and a friend asks Hank for help.

star 7.75
12,386 votes
Directors: David Slade
Writers: Sam Catlin
Cat's in the Bag...

#11 - Cat's in the Bag...

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 27, 2008

Walt and Jesse attempt to tie up loose ends. The desperate situation gets more complicated with the flip of a coin. Walt's wife, Skyler, becomes suspicious of Walt's strange behavior.

star 7.77
17,456 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Vince Gilligan

#12 - Cornered

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Aug 21, 2011

Skyler makes an unsettling discovery. Walter, Jr. pushes his dad into a questionable purchase. Jesse offers Mike some unexpected help.

star 7.79
12,105 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: Gennifer Hutchison

#13 - Abiquiu

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired May 30, 2010

Skyler gets more involved in Walt's business, much to his chagrin. Hank struggles with his recovery. Jesse takes an active role in his new enterprise, leading him to a startling discovery.

star 7.79
12,891 votes
Writers: John Shiban, Thomas Schnauz
Bullet Points

#14 - Bullet Points

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Aug 7, 2011

The Cartel takes steps to gain the upper hand. Walt and Skyler share an embarrassing secret with the rest of the family. Jesse’s activities draw unwanted attention.

star 7.79
12,510 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett

#15 - I.F.T.

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Apr 4, 2010

Walt ignores Skyler's demands, furthering the rift between them and pushing her to break bad. Still suffering from panic and anxiety attacks, Hank crosses a line at work.

star 7.80
13,509 votes
Writers: George Mastras
Negro y Azul

#16 - Negro y Azul

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Apr 19, 2009

Rumors fly about Jesse's recent actions as he and Walt discuss expanding their business into new territories. Hank struggles to fit in with his new co-workers in El Paso. Skyler pursues a new job opportunity that reconnects her with a former colleague. Jesse gets to know his landlord, Jane.

star 7.80
13,608 votes
Writers: John Shiban
No Mas

#17 - No Mas

Season 3 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 21, 2010

As Walt copes with the aftermath of the plane crash and Skyler's anger, Jesse comes to a new realization about himself. A new adversary tracks the elusive Heisenberg, Walter White's kingpin alter ego. Skyler seeks advice on the state of her marriage and confronts Walt.

star 7.81
13,471 votes
Directors: Bryan Cranston
Writers: Vince Gilligan

#18 - Mas

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Apr 18, 2010

Gus increases his efforts to lure Walt back into business, forcing a rift between Walt and Jesse. Skyler doubts her new relationship. Marie confides in Skyler about her concern for Hank's well-being.

star 7.81
13,091 votes
Directors: Johan Renck
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett

#19 - Over

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired May 10, 2009

Walt and Hank get into a heated argument at a party the Whites host to thank friends and family for their support over the last few months. A stir-crazy Walt consumes himself with home improvements. Skyler is emotional and conflicted about Walt's treatment and opens up to her boss, Ted. Jane hides her relationship with Jesse from her father.

star 7.82
13,582 votes
Directors: Phil Abraham
Writers: Moira Walley-Beckett

#20 - Kafkaesque

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired May 16, 2010

As Hank's hospital bills stack up, Skyler hatches a plan. Walt and Gus come to a better understanding. Jesse, looking for more independence, pursues a new opportunity.

star 7.82
12,734 votes
Directors: Michael Slovis
Writers: George Mastras, Peter Gould

#21 - Peekaboo

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Apr 12, 2009

Walt returns to work. Skinny Pete gets ripped off and when Jesse steps in to "handle it," he gets more than he bargained for. Skyler finally gets to thank Gretchen for paying for Walt's treatment.

star 7.84
13,579 votes
Directors: Peter Medak
Writers: J Roberts, Vince Gilligan
Seven Thirty-Seven

#22 - Seven Thirty-Seven

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Mar 8, 2009

Walt and Jesse are vividly reminded of Tuco’s volatile nature, and try to figure a way out of their business partnership. Hank attempts to mend fences between the estranged Marie and Skyler.

star 7.84
14,858 votes
Directors: Bryan Cranston
Writers: J Roberts
I See You

#23 - I See You

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired May 9, 2010

The family waits for news about Hank. While Jesse covers at the lab, Walt attempts to placate Gus. After witnessing a disturbing outburst, Walt worries he and his family are in danger.

star 7.86
12,890 votes
Directors: Colin Bucksey
Writers: Gennifer Hutchison
Caballo Sin Nombre

#24 - Caballo Sin Nombre

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 28, 2010

Walt tries to reconcile with Skyler, but when his advances are rejected he takes drastic action to bring his family back together. A confused and angry Walter, Jr. lashes out at his mother. With the help of Saul, Jesse makes a significant investment.

star 7.90
13,780 votes
Directors: Adam Bernstein
Writers: Peter Gould

#25 - Madrigal

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired Jul 22, 2012

Walt and Jesse seek out an unlikely partner for a new business venture. The DEA follows up new leads in its investigation.

star 7.90
11,461 votes
Writers: Vince Gilligan