Breaking Bad

TV review by Anne Louise Bannon, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 17+

Morally ambiguous show is all about crime, iffy choices.

AMC Drama 2008

Parents say

age 14+

Based on 65 reviews

Kids say

age 14+

Based on 196 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 14+

For Mature Teenagers and Up

First off let me start by saying this show is one of the best series to ever air. It is truly a masterpiece and large step forward in television. It proved shows could feel as realistic and quality as television and was able to engage audiences and build a world of it's one using this technique. But it's true that the show is very dark. It deals with dark issues, drug dealing, drug addiction, murder, and more. But you have to admit with all this, the message isn't lost. Anybody can be evil. The shows portal of drugs and violence doesn't necessarily hold back. The violence can be strong at times, but isn't on the level of brutality such as other shows like Game of Thrones and The Wire. The drug content is pervasive, though the use of drugs isn't as frequent as you'd think. The entire show still revolves around drugs but as long as your kid knows drugs are not to be messed with, this should be fine as consequences of drug use are present. The sex and nudity is also very tame compared to other TV-MA shows. There is basically no nudity in the entire series and sexual content is rarely shown, it's mostly implied. The language is however frequent, but children start to hear pervasive coarse language in their daily lives as they grow older either way. Overall it is a fantastic show, and though it deals with dark issues and strong violence, it holds a strong (still dark) message about humanity that if your child can understand, they must watch this show.
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age 18+

Good show, but also not so good

Breaking Bad is very well written and super addictive to watch. You're limited on how much you can love it though, because there are only a few good guys in the show. Most characters, including Walter, and not guys to be routing for. The biggest concern for the show is the thematic elements. There are violent bloody scenes throughout, not all the time, but when they do come they get bloody. There is also a lot of swearing. The show is captivating but you need to be thinking about what is happening, and seeing how the characters are making bad choices. The show displays the consequences of bad and destructive choices. The show is about Walter cooking meth, they don't make this look like the good side though, they show the destruction that Walter's decision bring. You may want to watch how much of these ideas though you are putting in your mind. The show isn't all bad, but it can only get so good.

This title has:

Educational value
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

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