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Breaking Bad

The New Mexico Film & TV Hall of Fame is honoring Breaking Bad on its 10th anniversary, as well honoring Stewart Lyons, the show’s original production manager and producer throughout the show’s run, from the very first day on the pilot to the very last day of wrap on the final season.

Breaking Bad is an American neo-western crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan. The show originally aired on the AMC network for five seasons, from January 20, 2008 to September 29, 2013. It tells the story of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), a struggling high school chemistry teacher diagnosed with inoperable lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family’s financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism “breaking bad,” meaning to “raise hell” or turn toward crime. Breaking Bad is set and was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Breaking Bad is widely regarded as one of the greatest television series of all time. By the time the series finale aired, it was among the most-watched cable shows on American television. The show received numerous awards, including 16 Primetime Emmy Awards, eight Satellite Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, two Peabody Awards, two Critics’ Choice Awards and four Television Critics Association Awards. In 2013, Breaking Bad entered the Guinness World Records as the most critically acclaimed show of all time.