Breaking Bad is an American crime drama TV series created by Vince Gilligan. The show aired for five seasons, from 2008 to 2013. It tells the story of Walter White , a high school chemistry teacher who gets diagnosed with lung cancer. Together with his former student Jesse Pinkman, White turns to a life of crime by producing and selling crystallized methamphetamine to secure his family's financial future before he dies, while navigating the dangers of the criminal world. The title comes from the Southern colloquialism "breaking bad", meaning to "raise hell" or turn toward crime.