Breaking Bad: TV Show shot/based in Albuquerque has me hooked.

Last night I saw a preview of a show that had shots of Albuquerque, so I knew I had to tune in to check it out. After watching one episode of Breaking Bad (AMC Channel), I'm hooked.

The show is about an Albuquerque chemistry teacher who decides to cook meth to support his family after learning he has cancer. It's a dark comedy that is amusing to watch as familiar Albuquerque scenes appear throughout the show.

The acting is good and the personal conflicts of the main character Walter White, played by Brian Cranston play out on the screen slowly--but appropriately.

It's about quiet desperation, pride, and one man's prospect of death and failures as a father and husband. The acting, mixed in with the setting of Albuquerque seem to play out nicely together.

This may be too far of a stretch, but perhaps Walter White is like Albuquerque in some ways.

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Tags: television, Albuquerque, Bad, Breaking

Comment by SoyJames on February 25, 2008 at 2:49pm
I love it. I tuned in just to see the Albuquerque stuff but ended up liking it. And when Jeremy says "dark comedy" he does mean DARK. Not for the squeamish (re: bathtub scene).
You can watch the previous episodes online if you haven't been keeping up. Last night would have been episode 5 if it was a new one (I haven't checked my Tivo yet).
Comment by Alfredo on February 25, 2008 at 4:47pm
I'm with James...I tuned in for the novelty of seeing a show that figured to have some depth to it, shot in Albuquerque and very much set in Albuquerque.

Say what you will about a show loosely centered on meth production being based in our town, I think they are fair about showing many of these dark characters and scenarios occurring in what looks on TV to be a perfectly normal and picturesque city for the most part.

I also enjoy how legit the writing and scenery is on the program. While locked in a basement of a nice home in what appears to be the Country Club neighborhood, one of the dealers shares some of his family history of working in his father's furniture store on Menaul (where yes, many furniture stores are located) and of getting his business degree at UNM. Later, the family BBQ featuring several Santa Fe Brewery beers was also kinda cool.
Comment by SoyJames on February 25, 2008 at 4:53pm
The only local brew I noticed was Santa Fe Pale Ale (among Coronas and Fat Tires). Which others did you see?
Comment by misterhinkydink on February 25, 2008 at 7:07pm
The house used as Capn' Cook's is behind mine.
Comment by Johnny_Mango on February 25, 2008 at 8:26pm
I hate to admit it, but I love this show. Even the BLM land near Cabezon stars in this show. And those pants! Flipping over and over as the motorhome speeds down the gravel road! What a shot!
Comment by Stevie on February 26, 2008 at 12:15am
Production for the second season should be starting soon. During this, the episodes not shot due to the writer's strike, will likely be made up. And if you like this show, please tell AMC! Their email is info@amctv.com.
Comment by Alfredo on February 26, 2008 at 9:20am
Yeah I saw the SF Pale Ale's James. I meant several bottles, not several kinds of bottles.

I think it's fine that the show makes it clear that you're in Albuquerque and I don't think the city looks like an armpit at all in the shots, except for when they're trying to show a seedy part of town...which isn't that often really.

I think ABQ looks on screen like the diverse, complicated city that it is in reality. Hell, what big city in America couldn't have scenes like you see in Breaking Bad? If it were supposedly set in Phoenix, I wouldn't assume based on the show that Phoenix is some sort of meth-crazed dump.
Comment by SoyJames on February 26, 2008 at 9:32am
Aye... every city has it's own crack houses. I think people understand the problem isn't central to ABQ.
It is funny how much more attention to pay to silly details when a show is filmed in your town though... like the kind of beer people drink; the drug dealer's mom making enchiladas (casserole style); that all the curtains in everybody's home are always shut;
Comment by Jeremy Jojola on February 26, 2008 at 10:37am
Last night I watched the first two episodes online (click on the "Breaking Bad" link in the post to see 'em).

The acting is so real and the characters' lives seem so genuine here in Albuquerque, I'm expecting to run into them when I'm grocery shopping or something....
Comment by Jessica on February 27, 2008 at 9:48am
Same sentiments here - just watched it because of the Albuquerque angle - then a friend said he heard it was really terrible so I decided to watch again last night more objectively to see if it was just the novelty of having it in my town that made me like it - but no, it's actually a really good show! The one house is definitely in the Country Club neighborhood - about four blocks from my house! Now I purposely go on walks past it, because I'm such a dork. And a friend of mine from work knows someone who plays the "kingpin" role in next week's episode!

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