Talking Bad

Talking Bad was a television aftershow hosted by Chris Hardwick that discussed episodes of the AMC television series Breaking Bad. Eight episodes were broadcast live from August 11 to September 29, 2013. Guests featured on the show included cast and crew members from Breaking Bad, celebrity fans, and members from a live audience.

Talking Bad
GenreTalk show
Directed by
  • Carrie Havel (7 episodes)
  • Mike Corey (1 episode)
Presented byChris Hardwick
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Michael Davies
  • Jen Kelly Patton
  • Brandon Monk
  • Chris Mundy
Production company(s)Embassy Row
Sony Pictures Television
AMC Studios
Original networkAMC
Original releaseAugust 11 (2013-08-11) –
September 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)
Related showsBreaking Bad
External links

Broadcast and formatEdit

Following the success of Talking Dead, which serves as a companion to The Walking Dead franchise, AMC created similar after-shows to accompany other original programming on the network; the first of these was Talking Bad. The series premiered on August 11, 2013, following the encore presentation of the mid-season premiere of Breaking Bad's fifth season. Episodes continued airing following new episodes of Breaking Bad. Talking Bad concluded its run on September 29, 2013, with an extended one-hour episode directly following the series finale.

The series features host Chris Hardwick discussing the latest episode with guests who are fans of the series, including cast and crew from Breaking Bad. On hosting the show, Hardwick commented:

"Breaking Bad’ will go down as one of the best shows in television history. Obviously, it's tonally much different than ‘The Walking Dead,’ and I will strive to give ‘Breaking Bad’ the send off it deserves. I am honored to be able to give fans a peek behind the curtain for the last eight episodes so we can all say goodbye to it together. AMC will tell you that it's because of the success of ‘Talking Dead’ or my friendship with the BB cast that they asked me to host this, but I maintain it probably has more to do with my unmistakable resemblance to Jesse Pinkman, BITCH."[1]

The show uses a logo and theme music similar to Talking Dead. Episodes aired at 11:00 pm eastern time, and ran at 30 minutes (including commercials), with an online bonus segment following each televised episode. The final episode ran at 60 minutes, at 10:15 pm eastern following the final episode of Breaking Bad. Segments on Talking Bad include "Respect the Chemistry," a "periodic table character study", a "fix" from executive producer/creator Vince Gilligan for the following episode, an online poll, and episode trivia. Questions were also taken from fans via phone, Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, or from the official Talking Bad website.


Episode discussedGuestsOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Blood Money"Vince Gilligan and Julie BowenAugust 11, 2013 (2013-08-11)1.19[2]
"Superfan" Julie Bowen from Modern Family discusses her ideas and theories on the show and the evolution of the characters with show creator Vince Gilligan and host Chris Hardwick.
2"Buried"Aaron Paul and Anna GunnAugust 18, 2013 (2013-08-18)1.03[3]
Bill Hader was supposed to be a guest alongside Anna Gunn in this episode, but dropped out when Aaron Paul became available. Hader instead appeared alongside Dean Norris on the September 15 show to discuss "Ozymandias".
3"Confessions"Bob Odenkirk and Samuel L. JacksonAugust 25, 2013 (2013-08-25)N/A
Bob Odenkirk and Samuel L. Jackson help discuss "Confessions."
4"Rabid Dog"Betsy Brandt and RJ MitteSeptember 1, 2013 (2013-09-01)N/A
"Rabid Dog" is discussed with Betsy Brant and RJ Mitte as guests.
5"To'hajiilee"Bryan Cranston, Don Cheadle and Steven Michael QuezadaSeptember 8, 2013 (2013-09-08)1.04[4]
Bryan Cranston appears via satellite from New York.
6"Ozymandias"Dean Norris and Bill HaderSeptember 15, 2013 (2013-09-15)1.22[5]
Norris discusses his last day on the set of Breaking Bad.
7"Granite State"Adam Scott, Matt L. Jones and Bryan JohnsonSeptember 22, 2013 (2013-09-22)1.00[6]
Discussion of the show's penultimate episode.
8"Felina"Vince Gilligan, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn, RJ Mitte, Giancarlo Esposito, Jonathan Banks and Jimmy KimmelSeptember 29, 2013 (2013-09-29)4.43[7]
An extended one-hour episode that aired directly after the Breaking Bad series finale at 10:15 pm ET.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Bibel, Sara (July 21, 2013). "AMC Announces Chris Hardwick as Host of 'Talking Bad'". AMC press release. TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on July 25, 2013. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  2. ^ Bibel, Sara. "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Wins Night, 'True Blood', 'Low Winter Sun', 'Devious Maids', 'Dexter', 'The Newsroom' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  3. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 20, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Wins Night + 'True Blood', 'Keeping Up With the Kardashians', NASCAR, 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  4. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 10, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Wins Night + 'NFL Countdown' 'Dexter', 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  5. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 17, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Wins Night, 'Real Housewives', 'Dexter, 'Devious Maids', 'Boardwalk Empire', 'The Newsroom' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  6. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (September 24, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings: 'Breaking Bad' Wins Night + 'Dexter' Series Finale, 'Devious Maids', 'Real Housewives of New Jersey' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 28, 2015.
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (October 1, 2013). "Sunday Cable Ratings:'Breaking Bad' Wins Big, 'Talking Bad', 'Homeland', 'Boardwalk Empire','Masters of Sex' & More". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved May 28, 2015.

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