Was Breaking Bad inspired by The Simpsons?

I just realised that Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan may well have been influenced by The Simpsons while writing his masterpiece TV series.

[ MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS ]

As a long-time fan of The Simpsons and a recent Breaking Bad convert, I’m surprised I didn’t notice this sooner. While re-watching Homer Vs The Eighteenth Amendment, an episode where Homer adopts an alternate persona as The Beer Baron and is chased down by hero cop, Rex Banner, I noticed some obvious comparisons between the two:

1. Protagonist is motivated by the equivalent of a death sentence

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2. Protagonist adopts Stetson hat and pseudonym

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3. Protagonist is chased by hero cop

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4. Protagonist and sidekick illegally source their ingredients

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5. Protagonist hides double life from his wife

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6. Local business is a front for distribution of product

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7. Protagonist partners with local distributor

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8. Initial ingredients run out so they scale up the operation

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9. Hero cop fails to see the protagonist right under his nose

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10. Wife finds out about his double life and keeps quiet

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11. Wife asks protagonist to quit his double life

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12. Protagonist leaves a legacy among peers

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  • Mason Dahl

    Loved reading this!

  • amanda

    Thats amazing! I thought the same things (and its 2014 now)
    I have two more things to say (forgive my english):

    1 – Marge said to Homer : “you´ve made some money and had the fun of being a wanted criminal, why not quit now? While you´re ahead.”
    it really related to the time when skyler asked walter to stop, after making so much money. I it also reminded me of how walter loved being an important, wanted criminal.

    2 – the episode mentions a few times about how a law can be broken if it´s considered stupid. Walter once discussed that with Hank.

    • http://joeyrabbitt.com/ Joey Rabbitt

      Yes, it fits so well 🙂

  • ceiga

    Very nice, I never really saw the comparison until now.

  • http://www.idiwa.net idiwa

    Battlestar Galatica is also totally based on Emmerdale.