Breaking Bad hit the airwaves in January of 2008 and soon took the world by storm. The series was catapulted into the annals of history as arguably one of the best shows to ever air on television, and it had spectacular ratings to match. Who would have guessed that a show about a cancer-stricken chemistry teacher-turned-meth-mogul would make such an amazing story? Let’s take a look back at some of the moments, actors, and stories behind Breaking Bad that made it such a memorable moment in television history. We’ll also learn about some of the meaningful secrets and “Easter Eggs” that were scattered throughout the series. You won’t believe which star the show’s producers wanted to play Walter White!
The Show Almost Never Got Made
Showrunner Vince Gilligan was the brains behind Breaking Bad and he definitely didn’t have an easy time bringing the show to the small screen. Vince was previously known for his work as a writer on X-Files, for which he wrote twenty-nine episodes. However, when he first attempted to pitch Breaking Bad to HBO, it did not go so well. In fact, Vince called it “the worst meeting I’ve ever had.”
Multiple networks passed on the show, including Showtime, TNT, FX and HBO, which they all surely ended up regretting. Vince recounted his HBO meeting, saying, “The woman we [were] pitching to could not have been less interested—not even in my story, but about whether I actually lived or died.” Eventually, the show did find a home on AMC. Thankfully for all of us!