Created by noted American director, producer, and writer Vince Gilligan, Breaking Bad is a popular neo-western crime drama series that made science, particularly chemistry, cool again. The series’ main protagonist, Walter White, goes from a meek, mild, and severely underpaid high school chemistry teacher to a criminal chemical genius worth millions.
Although following in Walter White’s fictional footsteps will probably land you in jail in real life ? so don’t try this at home ? his expert knowledge of chemistry remains admirable and even inspiring. If anything, Breaking Bad and other shows like it give glimpses into the exciting careers of chemists, scientists, and lab technicians. Although TV portrayals are rarely what the seem, a career in science is well worth the hype.