Top 10 Breaking Bad Episodes

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It’s over. Five seasons and 62 episodes later an Walter White has completed his transformation from meek chemistry teacher to criminal mastermind. There isn’t really a bad episode of Breaking Bad (although Fly stand out to me as an obvious low point). Here are the ten best episodes of this legendary series.



Photo Credit: Crazy Handful of Nothin (Season 1 Episode 6)

The birth of Heisenberg. This is the episode where the cancer finally forces Walt to shave his head, turning him into the most badass looking TV star of our time. When Jesse runs into trouble with the first true villain of the series, Tuco, Walt goes to give him a piece of his mind, as in his chemistry expertise. The explosion is shocking and sends Walt on his way to the criminal mastermind he would become.


Photo Credit: “Half Measures” (Season 3 Episode 12)

As season three wraps up, Jesse, our moral superhero of the series, struggles with the fact that a kid is being used for killing and dies in the process. The men responsible? Two of Gus’ men of course. When Jesse goes to kill them, Walt stops him…by killing them first in the most badass way possible. The episode highlights the conflicted yet always supportive dynamic between the show’s two leads.


Photo Credit: “One Minute” (Season 3 Episode 7)

An obvious choice as one of Hank’s best episodes. He starts on the bottom, giving into his anger and assaulting Jesse. We see him realize his mistake as he privately breaks down to Marie in the elevator. Then we see him pay for it as the twins attack him in one of the brutalist skirmishes the show ever gave us.



Photo Credit: “Dead Freight” (Season 5 Episode 5)

Breaking Bad is a Western. The closest it ever gets to the rip-roaring feel of something like Stagecoach is this instant classic episode from the first half of season five. Walt, Jesse, Mike, and Todd are pulling a train robbery. It’s exciting with the tension never letting up. Things of course seem to be going really well, but this is still Breaking Bad. So Todd shoots a kid in the face who happened to be dirt biking near by. Bastard.


Photo Credit:,0,6224291.story6. “Felina” (Season 5 Episode 16)

So few shows get to go out on top. But Breaking Bad‘s series finale is absolutely one of its best episodes. Why? The sheer power of the conclusions Vince Gilligan wrote for these characters. Between Skyler’s final moments as a wife, Walt’s revenge, and Jesse’s freedom, this was a beautiful climax to a beautiful series. There’s really not much else to say.


Photo Credit: “Face Off” (Season 4 Episode 13)

Still though the best finale is pretty obvious. Walt’s face off with Gus was almost two and a half seasons coming. Gus is also one of the best villains in TV history. The tension built in this episode is insurmountable. But once it’s over, and Gus looks to stroll the streets of Gotham City before dying, Walt shows his true nature. He poisoned Brock, making this the episode Walt is officially the baddest of the bad.


Photo Credit: “Phoenix” (Season 2 Episode 12)

While poisoning Brock was certainly Walt’s final step over to the dark side, Jane’s death was hardly better. What’s more complicated about this situation is how Jane’s death was her own fault, Walt merely could have prevented it, and how she was going to ruin Jesse’s life. An act of evil or steering a lost soul in a better direction? You’ve seen the finale, you decide.


Photo Credit: “Salud” (Season 4 Episode 10)

There’s so much great stuff going on in this episode. Jesse proves he is as good as Walt in the lab. Gus plans to take down the Mexican drug cartel. Walt fails to hide his lowest point to Walt Jr. This is a perfect episode that has the brutal emotion and the exhilarating action that only the best of Breaking Bad manages to weave together.


Photo Credit: “Ozymandias” (Season 5 Episode 14)

I can’t remember a more difficult hour of television. Hank’s death. Walt giving up Jesse. Walt Jr. finding out everything. Skyler finally removing her husband from her life once and for all. Walt’s mega-layered phone call. All of it was brilliant. Every second. Sending us straight to the endgame of the series, Ozymandias was when Walt started to pay for his sins. While it may have been justified, the tragedy was that he brought everyone down with him.


Photo Credit: “4 Days Out” (Season 2 Episode 9)

No one dies in this episode. There aren’t any major betrayals or shocking developments. Just Walt and Jesse stuck in the desert for four days. Not only does the episode feature two of the best performances from Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul, it brings to light the most fascinating father-son dynamic on television. All in a simple bottle episode.



There you have it fans. What were your favorite episodes? Let us know below!

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