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Today we find ourselves right in the middle of what critics have hailed “The Golden Age Of Television”.  At long last reality programming has finally taken a backseat to original narrative shows spanning genres from horror (American Horror Story, The Walking Dead), to science fiction (The Strain), to fantasy (Game Of Thrones, Outlander), to high-concept drama (The Leftovers) and beyond.

For the first time ever, television has pulled ahead of film as the most dynamic medium available to audiences, and it continues to evolve.

Many would argue that one show in particular stands alone at the top of this impressive menagerie – a show that kept audiences enthralled over five heart-stopping seasons.  I’m talking about Breaking Bad, one of AMC’s first original series’ which follows the ascent of a ho-hum, cancer-stricken high school chemistry teacher into the most feared drug kingpin of the American Southwest.

This groundbreaking series has been rewarded with multiple Emmy Awards, not only for its stellar writing, but for its incredible cast including Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Anna Gunn.breaking-bad-walt-jesse

On the day the Complete Series comes to Blu-ray and DVD we’ve decided to take a look back and select five of what we consider the most iconic moments from the show, a difficult task to be sure.

These five selections are the stuff that Breaking Bad has become notorious for, and we invite you to offer up your own favorites in the comments section below.  So without further ado, and in no particular order, here are the five most iconic moments from Breaking Bad.

***WARNING: SIGNIFICANT SPOILERS AHEAD***

5.  INTRODUCING WALTER WHITE – Season 1, Episode 1 (Pilot)

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There has never, nor will there ever be, a more attention-grabbing show opener for as long as we live than that of the first episode of Breaking Bad.

It kicks off with a crotchety RV wildly careening down a desert road.  Inside, two bodies slide around in the back,  while another man lay unconscious in the passenger seat, and a scantily clad maniac wearing only a gas mask and underwear captains the massive vehicle before crashing it into a ditch.  After removing the gas mask, it is revealed that this maniac is actually a scared, gruff, middle-aged man.  He grabs a shirt hanging from the passenger side rearview mirror, a gun, and a video camera, exits the RV, and records a frantic confession/apology to his family and authorities as sirens can be heard in the distance.

We, the audience, are left to wonder what the hell has happened, and we have no idea what kind of insanity and darkness lies ahead.  It remains the most sensational introduction in television history, and it was born out of the mind of series creator Vince Gilligan, who would go on to win a Writers Guild of America award for the episode.

 

 

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