Source: Elcinema

In case you missed out on the drama revolving around Weld El-Ghalaba (Son of the Poor) - a series that aired during this year's Ramadan - this is your chance to catch up.

The Egyptian drama came under fire when viewers - hundreds and thousands of them - noticed the uncanny similarities it holds to American series Breaking Bad.

Those who defended the drama said it was a mere coincidence, until it became apparent the show heavily plagiarized the highest rated show on IMDb. The plagiarism was so noticeable that international media like Hollywood Reporter and The Independent covered the online meltdown that took place.

Similarity #1: Nose injury

Similarity #2: Cash on the table

Similarity #3: Meeting with "Saul"

And the copycatted scenes and lines go beyond just these three photos, as the plot line of a teacher delving into drug dealing to make ends meet is also present. 

With the explanation done, let's jump to what the producers of Weld El-Ghalaba had to say regarding the mean and funny reactions people had on social media. 

TV personality Amr Adib hosted the show's director Mohamed Samy and lead actor Ahmed El Sakka alongside Mai Omar and Injy El Mokkaddem on his show to discuss the matter.

When asked about the plagiarism accusations, Samy claimed the two shows are completely different because, according to him, Breaking Bad didn't have characters like Safiya or Farah. On top of that, Walter White (the main character of Breaking Bad) didn't have the same job as Issa (the main character of Weld El-Ghalaba). 

Just to be clear, White is a chemistry teacher while Issa is a history teacher; talk about major differences. 

As for El Sakka, he remained unfazed throughout the televised interview. His argument was that people started noticing the similarities after 24 episodes, which means the Egyptian drama was far from imitating the American one. 

Ayman Salama, the show's writer, claimed he had never watched Breaking Bad, and when he did, following the backlash online, he didn't find the two shows comparable at all.