When ranking the greatest TV shows of all time, no list is complete without Breaking Bad. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) have become icons of TV’s golden era, celebrated as quotable memes, achievable fancy dress options, and recently, as tourist-magnet statues in the show’s homeland of Albuquerque, New Mexico.
The world of Breaking Bad has expanded since the main show’s conclusion in 2013. A swansong film, El Camino, filled in the blanks of Pinkman’s journey, while soon-to-finish series Better Call Saul followed Jimmy McGill’s (Bob Odenkirk) transformation into corrupt lawyer Saul Goodman. Whereas other TV franchises have stumbled in their successive spin-offs, the world of Breaking Bad has become richer and deeper – thanks in large part to creator Vince Gilligan’s presence throughout.
With Better Call Saul wrapping up its sixth and final season tonight (August 15), is it the end of Breaking Bad’s legacy or another opportunity to enrich a TV classic? How many shows and films make up the Breaking Bad universe?
There are three main pillars – along with some obscurities The core tenets of Breaking Bad consist of the main show’s five seasons, follow-up film El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie and series Better Call Saul. The latter spin-off explores both events leading up to Breaking Bad and the aftermath with Saul Goodman years later. A number of web series have also been produced, including Breaking Bad: Original Minisodes which were released over the course of Breaking Bad’s run. Snow Globe: A Breaking Bad Short was also released in conjunction with El Camino, focused on Todd (Jesse Plemons).
If you want to dive even deeper, an animated series titled Slippin’ Jimmy was released earlier this year to tie-in with the final season of Better Call Saul. The series, consisting of six episodes, follows the misadventures of a young Jimmy McGill.