11 Things You Didn’t Know About Breaking Bad

Published on November 22, 2013. Updated March 28, 2017

Breaking Bad has received widespread critical acclaim, including numerous awards and nominations, and it is considered one of the greatest television dramas of all time. As the fifth and final season finally ended back in September, we have created a list of 11 things that you may not know about the series.

11. Aaron Paul was actually a contestant on “The Price is Right” and, at that time, he was also working at The Gap.

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10. “Breaking Bad was originally set in Riverside, California. It was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to take advantage of a tax rebate on production.

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9. Actors Bryan Cranston, Anna Gunn and Bob Odenkirk all had guest appearances on “Seinfield.”

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8. Many networks including Showtime, TNT, FX and HBO all passed on the chance to have “Breaking Bad.”

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7. Jesse Pinkman was supposed to die in season 1 but, after seeing Aaron Paul’s performance, they decided to keep his character.

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6. According to creator Vince Gilligan, AMC only allowed them to use the word “f-ck” once per season, so Gillian ensured that it was used with great effect each time.

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5. For scenes where characters would smoke meth, they would use sugar or rock candy and they did not inhale.

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4. Bryan Cranston, who plays Walter White, has “Breaking Bad” tattooed on one of his fingers.

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3.  Sony and AMC were initially considering either John Cusack and Matthew Broderick for the role of Walter White, but both declined. Sony and AMC were reluctant to cast Bryan Cranston because he was involved in a lot of comedies.

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2. The term “breaking bad” is a southern colloquialism. When someone has taken a wrong turn in life, leaving the straight and narrow, they are “breaking bad.” It could be for a day or an entire lifetime.

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1. Jesse Pinkman was named “Marion Alan Dupree” in the original pilot script. He was going to be referred to only as “Dupree.”

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