How ‘Breaking Bad’ Perfected the TV Pilot

For his latest video essay, Michael Tucker from Lessons from the Screenplay breaks down how Vince Gilligan, the creator of AMC’s hit crime drama series, Breaking Bad, concisely set up the show’s entire storyline in the first episode.

Breaking Bad is celebrated as one of the best TV shows of all time—but every series has to start somewhere. This video looks at how the structure of the pilot episode sets up everything the audience needs to know about the series.”

Previously from Michael: How Quentin Tarantino Mastered the Art of Suspense