More from EW
1 of 27
Walt drives a Pontiac Aztek, which was critically panned as one of the ugliest cars of all time, throughout the series.
During the final scene of ''Box Cutter,'' the Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros frontman's song ''Truth'' plays as Walt walks back to his condo.
Andrew Ross Sorkin
In the series' penultimate episode, ''Granite State,'' Walt watches as Gretchen and Elliott Schwartz talk about their ex-friend during an interview with Charlie Rose, who mentions a fictional column about Bad's Gray Matter Technologies by New York Times writer Sorkin.
When Walt and Todd start cooking together, Walt tells the newbie that he doesn't need him to be this influential French chemist.
2 of 27
In season 5's ''Rabid Dog,'' Walt has everyone looking for Jesse, which results in Kuby bugging Skinny Pete and Badger's apartment only to report the pair aren't exactly a threat: ''For three hours, all [Badger] talked about was something called Babylon 5.''
Vince Gilligan chose Badfinger's 1971 rocker to close out the series and represent Walt's love for the blue meth on which he built an empire. In Bad's final moments, lead singer Pete Ham crooned, ''Guess I got what I deserved'' as Walt lovingly caressed a cooker before settling on the floor as his life drained away.
The Big Heat
As the DEA tears through Mike's house in ''Say My Name,'' Mike calmly continues watching this 1953 film.
The Bridge on the River Kwai
When Gus goes to visit Hector Salamanca in ''Crawl Space,'' the bell-ringing uncle keeps his eyes on the television, where 1958's Best Picture Oscar winner plays.
Famous for making Hollywood Westerns in the 1950s, Boetticher could easily have inspired Vince Gilligan's desert shots. And let's not forget Boetticher was also Gale's last name. (R.I.P.)
Todd finally fills his uncle in on the train heist he completed with Walt and Jesse, during which Todd's leap from a train is compared to a similar Burt Reynolds stunt in 1978's Hooper.
3 of 27
''Crystal Blue Persuasion''
Tommy James and the Shondells' 1969 song plays during a montage of meth-making in season 5's ''Gliding Over All.''
In ''Say My Name,'' Walt compares his product to ''The Real Thing'' in order to convince Mike's methylamine buyer Declan to purchase Walt's drugs over Mike's ''tepid off-brand generic cola.''
Gale sings this Milanese song (whose title means ''Bald Head'') by '40s act Quartetto Cetra just before Jesse knocks on his door and, well, kills him in ''Full Measure.''
4 of 27
Before Huell and Kuby package up Walt's money into separate barrels, they take a moment to bathe in the millions, much like Scrooge McDuck.
When Jesse asks what the point of being an outlaw is if you've got responsibilities, Badger replies ''Darth Vader had responsibilities. He was responsible for the Death Star.''
When Walt shows up in a disguise, Saul jokes that he's found D.B. Cooper — the media name for a never-found 1970s air pirate, whose hijacking of a Boeing 727 developed a cult following.
In ''Rabid Dog,'' we see that Hank and Marie own the complete box set of the popular TV series.
5 of 27
Stephen King's collection of short stories is yet another pop culture reference that can be found in Gale's apartment.
In ''Fly,'' Jesse describes this media-panic-inducing illness as ''a disease on the Discovery Channel where all your intestines slide out of your butt.''
When Walt Jr. asks Hank to tell him more about ''the crazy singing guy'' (a.k.a. Gale), Skyler claims it sounds like a story from this book series about a boy super-sleuth.
After hearing that Walt Jr. now prefers to be called Flynn, Walt wonders if he's taking a cue from the '30s silver-screen swashbuckler.
Walt makes thermite using the aluminum powder from an Etch-a-Sketch. Who says kids' toys are just for fun?
6 of 27
The French Connection
Hank says he wants to wave to Heisenberg ''like Popeye Doyle,'' the hero of William Friedkin's 1971 Oscar winner (played by Gene Hackman), before he catches him.
This episode title references the 1997 John Travolta-Nicolas Cage film of the same name (as well as Gus Fring's mug, by the end of the hour).
The line ''Remember my name'' from the 1980 movie musical served as inspiration for Bad's final-season promos.
A line by the Coen Brothers' hapless, hitman-hiring protagonist Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) inspired the title of the season 1 episode ''A No-Rough-Stuff Type of Deal.''
When Walt visits Andrea's house, he spots Brock eating this breakfast cereal and deems it ''good stuff!''
7 of 27
The falling-oranges-signal-death trope from this film is one of cinema's most iconic. Bad used the imagery a number of times, both when Ted broke his neck and in the season 5 opener with Walt's neighbor. And don't forget the time Saul says he's going to do what Tom Hagen did for Vito Corleone.
Jesse and Jane take a day trip to a museum full of O'Keeffe's work.
First introduced by Denny's in the 1970s, the hearty combo of two eggs, two slices of bacon, two sausage links, and two pancakes is Jesse's breakfast of choice.
8 of 27
Walter White's alter ego is named after Werner Karl Heisenberg, a German theoretical physicist credited as a key creator of quantum mechanics.
DEA agents look on as Mike sits on a park bench and watches his granddaughter play in a scene that echoes Michael Mann's 1995 film.
Saul gives Jesse a Sanrio burner phone in season 5's ''Confessions.''
Before we find out about Todd's Nazi connections, Jesse dubs him ''Ricky Hitler.''
Where else would Kuby and Huell go to buy money-storage barrels?
''A Horse With No Name''
Walt listens to America's 1972 hit in the episode titled ''Caballo Sin Nombre.'' Guess what ''Caballo Sin Nombre'' means in Spanish?.
Jesse tells the police that he once heard about ricin on Fox's 2004-12 procedural dramedy ''?or something.''
9 of 27
Ice Road Truckers
Jesse's favorite show, the History Channel tentpole features truck drivers facing great danger as they navigate big rigs over frozen pathways. What more do you need?
''If I Had a Heart''
Marie perfected the art of lying in ''Open House,'' the fourth season episode during which this song by Swedish artist Fever Ray was featured.
The Incredible Hulk
When Jack asks Walt to assess Jesse's anger in ''To'hajilee,'' he uses this sliding scale: ''How angry? Hulk angry? Rambo? James Bond?''
10 of 27
A bit of sweet relief? Todd offers Stephen Colbert's Americone Dream ice cream from Ben & Jerry's (yep, founded by Jerry Greenfield) to Jesse when Jesse is imprisoned by the Nazis. Though it's not on shelves yet (make it happen, B&J!), illustrator Jon Defreest also created a fake Breaking Bad-inspired flavor called Heisen-Brrr-g Crunch.
The clothing brand's CEO Mickey Drexler had a cameo in the season 5 episode ''Confessions,'' playing what he called ''the only honest character on the show'' — a carwash customer who tells Skyler she's given him a $5 bill instead of a single.
Walt sarcastically invokes the late psychologist's name to Skyler after she opines that some part of him must want to be caught by Hank: ''That is it! Exactly! You're like Dr. Joyce Brothers here! A tremendous weight just lifted off me! Thank you!''
11 of 27
Jesse's group therapy leader mentions the existentialist German writer during a meeting, telling Jesse that his experiences working at the ''laundry'' sound ''kind of Kafkaesque'' (also the title of season 3's ninth episode).
Walt and Jesse sport matching T-shirts featuring the country music singer in the last scene of season 4's opener, right after they've watched Gus murder Victor. While the shirts went unexplained onscreen, creator Vince Gilligan later said that he believed Mike had given the duo clean clothes to replace their old, blood-soaked outfits.
Quoth Saul: ''If you're committed enough, you can make any story work. I once convinced a woman I was Kevin Costner, and it worked because I believed it.''
In season 3, Walt Jr. reads Mark Bowden's bestselling account of the hunt for cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar. The book was a gift: ''Uncle Hank said...that everybody knows who Pablo Escobar is, but nobody knows about the guys that brought him down,'' Jr. explained to his father. (Irony alert!)
12 of 27
Left 4 Dead
A first-person shooter videogame set in a post-apocalyptic world in which players must fight off hordes of humans infected with a rabies-like virus. In early season 4, Skinny Pete and Badger debate the relative merits of this game versus Resident Evil 4 and Call of Duty: World at War — Zombies.
Land of the Lost
A colorful 1974 TV series about a normal family trapped in an alternate universe populated by dinosaurs, cave people, and a race of hostile lizard-men called the Sleestak. Badger references this last group when Jesse tries to persuade his friends to stay at his house: ''Jesse, I've been awake for like three straight days,'' Badger answers. ''I'm turning into a Sleestak.''
13 of 27
''Major Tom (Coming Home)''
Gale Boetticher's karaoke tune of choice. Trust us, it's worth a watch.
Malcolm in the Middle
The long-running Fox comedy on which Bryan Cranston starred before booking Breaking Bad. The drama hasn't explicitly referenced the comedy — but both Walt and Cranston's Malcolm character, Hal, have shown an affinity for tighty-whities that's worth mentioning.
Ted Beneke persuaded Skyler to perform a steamy rendition of Marilyn's ''Happy Birthday, Mr. President'' in front of the whole Beneke Fabricators crew, and let's just say she does a killer impression of the Some Like It Hot sexpot.
In season 1, Jesse's MySpace — sorry, MyShout — page listed interests including ''fine herbage,'' ''keepin' it real,'' ''bangin' the skins with my smokin' band TwaughtHammer,'' and ''MILFs, MILFs, MILFs." Skyler asks, confused, ''What the hell is a MILF?'' Well, Skyler, it's an abbreviation for ''mom I'd like to f---," popularized by the 1999 teen movie American Pie.
In season 5, Saul snarks that Hank's ''hard-on'' for catching Mike has reached ''Uncle Miltie proportions,'' paying homage to the moniker of the famously well-endowed midcentury comedian.
Hank evokes the beloved host and creator of Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (a.k.a. Fred Rogers) while trying to describe supposed kingpin Gale based on his notebook: ''It's like Scarface had sex with Mister Rogers or something.''
14 of 27
Actor, onscreen Texas Ranger, and meme machine. He's also the star of Lone Wolf McQuade, a 1983 action movie Marie references during a late season 5 conversation with Hank (''What are you, Lone Wolf McQuade?'').
Not only are Todd's Uncle Jack and his buddies neo-Nazis — the archetypal villains of 20th century entertainment — they're also particularly pop culture savvy. See: ''Burt Reynolds'' earlier in this gallery.
Nick the Greek
Professional gambler Nick Dandolos, famous for winning (and losing) enormous sums of money in poker, horse racing, and dice games. Hank jokingly calls Walt "Nick the Greek" when he still thinks his brother-in-law is an ace gambler.
15 of 27
A poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley that warns that even the mightiest empires eventually crumble. Doubles as the title of Breaking Bad's pivotal third-to-last episode, in which Walt loses his money, his family, and finally his identity.
16 of 27
Dictator of Chile from 1973 to '90. It's implied that onetime Breaking Bad antagonist Gus Fring had some involvement with Pinochet's regime, but his exact role in that government has never been explained; Vince Gilligan has said that Fring's background was kept purposefully obscured so that the character would seem more mysterious.
Phoenix Mars Lander
Spacecraft that landed on Mars May 25, 2008, later verifying the presence of water-ice in the red planet's subsurface. Walt and Jane's father Donald discuss the lander and its mission in a season 2 episode that bears its name.
17 of 27
Early in season 5, Mike can be seen watching The Caine Mutiny, in which Humphrey Bogart plays Lieutenant Commander Phillip Queeg. The 1954 Navy drama also happens to be one of Vince Gilligan's childhood favorites.
18 of 27
The As-Seen-on-TV robot vacuum becomes a plot point throughout seasons 4 and 5, including a scene shot from its perspective and, most significantly, when Jesse finds the ricin Saul planted in his Roomba in ''Madrigal.''
In a symbiotic relationship with the id Software shoot-'em-up videogame; it was featured in two fourth season episodes, and the game itself features several Bad Easter eggs.
In ''Confessions,'' Saul tells Walt, ''Look, Mr. Natural, I'm not gonna let you sabotage this thing'' — a reference to the cult cartoonist's bald-and-bearded mystic.
Walt Jr. and Holly watch the 2007 Pixar flick at Hank and Marie's in ''Fifty-One.''
Two for the price of one! Saul shouts out to Sylvester Stallone's 1976 underdog story after Jesse gets beaten up by Hank, snarking, "Hey, Adrian! Rocky called, he wants his face back!" In another scene, Hank sings a bit of Survivor's Rocky III theme ''Eye of the Tiger'' as he and Walt stalk Gus.
19 of 27
''She Blinded Me With Science''
We learn that Thomas Dolby's '82 New Wave one-hit wonder is Todd's ringtone in ''To'hajiilee.''
Brian De Palma's 1983 Al Pacino starrer is a totem for Gilligan, who has said in the past that Bad is the story of Walter White transforming from Mr. Chips, the archetypal piddling school teacher, into murderous druglord à la Scarface. It's referenced many times in the series. In one specific instance, Walt and Flynn say hello to Tony Montana's little friend while watching the flick in ''Hazard Pay.''
A bright pink teddy bear shown over black-and-white flashbacks in four season 5 episodes serve as an homage to Steven Spielberg's Holocaust drama, which showed a young girls' red rose popping with color over a grey-scale background.
Sonic the Hedgehog
Jesse plays the SEGA game with the spiky-haired action hero in ''Crawl Space.''
The name of Juárez drug cartel high-up Juan Bolsa just so happens to translate into ''Johnny Sack,'' the name of a Brooklyn mob boss in the acclaimed HBO series.
Not only does Saul reference Gene Roddenberry's series when Walt asks him to help him get rid of the RV (''Did you not plan for this contingency? The starship Enterprise had a self-destruct button!''), sci-fi geek Badger also conceives a Trek script, and — hey! — it's been animated.
20 of 27
The Three Stooges
When Walt wants to bring Mike into the business in ''Hazard Pay,'' Saul insists he, Walt, and Jesse are the ''three amigos: all for one, one for all.'' Cut to the slapsticking comedy trio of Larry, Curly, and Moe on the TV. Mixed metaphor aside (referencing both the 1986 Chevy Chase-Steve Martin-Martin Short comedy and Alexandre Dumas's adventure novel The Three Musketeers), let's focus on that deliciously pointed visual reference.
Jesse gives Walt the Swiss luxury timekeeper brand's Monaco model as a birthday present in ''Fifty-One.''
''Times Are Gettin' Hard, Boys''
A cover of this folk music standard called ''Take My True Love by the Hand,'' by '60s band The Limeliters, plays in ''Ozymandias.''
21 of 27
''Unga Bunga Bunga''
Rapper Flavor Flav's 2006 track is just one of the jams Jesse plays on his new sound system during a trippy party in season 4's ''Thirty-Eight Snub''; others include Honey Claws' ''Digital Animal,'' D/R Period's ''Money,'' and ''Raise Hell'' by M.O.P.
During her phone call with Skyler in ''Felina,'' Marie compares Walt to the bearded recluse Ted Kaczynski, whose homemade explosives killed three people (and injured many more) between 1978 and '95.
22 of 27
Like Walt's Aztek, Marie's transportation of choice informs her character.
23 of 27
It's no coincidence the 19th-century poet and Walter White have virtually the same name. Whitman has been incredibly influential to Gilligan. Gale gets his science nerd on, reciting ''When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer'' in season 3's ''Sunset''; Hank name-checks Whitman after finding the initials ''W.W.'' in Gale's notes in ''Bullet Points''; a copy of Leaves of Grass turns up in ''Hazard Pay,'' and season 5's eighth episode ''Gliding Over All'' is directly named after a poem from that collection.
Willy Wonka, Woodrow Wilson
Two more ''W.W.'' names Hank throws out in ''Bullet Points'' — an eccentric Roald Dahl-created chocolate tycoon and the United States' 28th president, respectively. Yeah?we're thinking the Whitman guess was more on-target.
24 of 27
References to Fox's 1993-2002 sci-fi show abound in Bad since creator Chris Carter gave Gilligan his big break after the young writer submitted a spec script.
25 of 27
Saul suggests to Walt that Jesse might be his own ''Old Yeller-type situation'' in ''Rabid Dog,'' referring to the 1956 book-turned-movie about a boy who must put down his beloved dog after the pooch develops rabies and can't be controlled. Later, in ''Ozymandias,'' Jesse is chained like a dog.
Saul derisively refers to Skyler as Ono — John Lennon's wife tagged by some as responsible for breaking up the Beatles — when she suggests buying the car wash.
26 of 27
Helm directed the 2007 film Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium; there are two DVD copies of the film at Walt's New Hampshire cabin.
27 of 27
These GPS coordinates (which we see on Walt's device as well as the Lotto ticket) aren't just the burial sites of Hank and Steve Gomez — they're actually the coordinates of Bad's Albuquerque set.
After they return from New York in ''Felina,'' Walt listens idly as Gretchen and Elliott obliviously chatter about famed NYC power lunch spot the 21 Club, as well as Thomas Keller's über-fancy fine dining establishment Per Se.