Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)

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Better Call Saul

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Better Call Saul is a quirky, dark character study that manages to stand on its own without being overshadowed by the series that spawned it.

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Critic Ratings: 69

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Episodes

1
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Air date: Feb 8, 2015
2
Air date: Feb 9, 2015
3
Air date: Feb 16, 2015
4
Air date: Feb 23, 2015
5
Air date: Mar 2, 2015
6
Air date: Mar 9, 2015
7
Air date: Mar 16, 2015
8
Air date: Mar 23, 2015
9
Air date: Mar 30, 2015
10
Air date: Apr 6, 2015

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This crime drama series is a spin-off of "Breaking Bad" and its first season opens with Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) living under a different name in Nebraska after the events of "Breaking Bad." As he watches some old ads he recorded when he worked as an attorney, he reminisces about his past. Back in 2002, Saul still goes by his name Jimmy McGill and he's a small-time lawyer; when, while preparing a scam, he angers gangster Tuco Salamanca (guest star Raymond Cruz), his life is turned upside down. He gets involved with Nacho (Michael Mando), Tuco's subordinate, he meets former cop and future partner in crime Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), and starts down on the path that will lead him to become Walter White's lawyer.

Cast

Bob Odenkirk
as Jimmy McGill
Michael McKean
as Chuck McGill
Jonathan Banks
as Mike Ehrmantraut
Kerry Condon
as Stacey
Julie Ann Emery
as Betsy Kettleman
Clea DuVall
as Dr. Cruz
Raymond Cruz
as Tuco Salamanca
Jeremy Shamos
as Craig Kettleman
Jean Effron
as Bingo Grandma
Eileen Fogarty
as Mrs. Nguyen
Sage Bell
as Jo Jo Kettleman
Bau Thi Duong
as Salon Employee #4
Caleb Burgess
as Warren Kettleman
Miriam Cole
as Abuelita
Dennis Boutsikaris
as Rich Schweikart
Grant Barker
as Defendant #1
T.C. Warner
as Hospital Nurse
Dan Moseley
as Lobby Guard
Le Hai Dang
as Salon Employee #2
Rose Liotta
as Housewife
Nadine Marissa
as Contract Counsel Administrator
Bruce Holmes
as Huge Male Deputy
Peter Diseth
as DDA Oakley
Eric Martinez
as Francisco
Victoria Pham-Gilchrist
as Salon Employee #1
Jim Hatch
as Sheriff Deputy
Josh Fadem
as Camera Guy
Joe Berryman
as Big Ricky Sipes
Kim Lan T Pham
as Salon Employee #2
Julia Ann Emery
as Betsy Kettleman
Jacob Browne
as Veteran Cop
Eddie Fernandez
as Billboard Guy
Steve Mokate
as Bartender
Ryan Jason Cook
as Younger Cop
Robert Fortner
as Snake Face
Ed Duran
as Prosecutor
Kelley Lewallen
as Staff Member
Daniel Knight
as APD Detective
Sanford Kelley
as Prosecutor
Carol Herman
as Mrs. Strauss
Gene Chavez
as HHM Employee #2
Krista Kendall
as Cinnabon Employee #1
Tim Baltz
as Roland Jaycocks
Steve Mokate
as Bartender
Lonnie Lane
as Bailiff
Wendy Miner-Ashby
as Water Aerobics Instructor
Staci Robbins
as Lady Onlooker
Francy Ivener
as Senior #1
Erin Moots
as Sandpiper Crossing Employee
John Liberatore
as Senior #2
Camela Morales
as Vet's Clerk
Vincent E. McDaniel
as Hospital Guard
Janelle Santillanes
as HHM Employee #1
Don Michael Perez
as Sunglasses Man
David Loving
as Angry Father
Jeff Poole
as Breadstick Guy
Raquel Pino
as Cinnabon Employee #2
David Saiz
as Defendant #3
Clay Space
as Defendant #2
Nhu Thi Ta
as Salon Employee #3
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Critic Reviews for Better Call Saul Season 1

All Critics (69) | Top Critics (38)

Better Call Saul is not only a great show in the context of the program that birthed it into existence, but would be a great show with or without Walter White.

Feb 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Better Call Saul not only stands right alongside Breaking Bad as a stunningly entertaining TV series, it stands on its own.

Feb 4, 2015 | Full Review…
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Top Critic

Saul picks up plot speed rapidly at the end of the first hour. The beginning, however, is so deliberate it's almost hypnotic. It's shot out of time, and what we see falls right into the pocket for Breaking Bad fans.

Feb 4, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

The first episode is a sort of shaggy character sketch, meandering along to an abrupt, and welcome, Breaking Bad-style cliffhanger.

Jan 30, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Gilligan has set up another dark, subversive journey and not a fan-servicing callback fest.

Jan 29, 2015 | Full Review…

Gilligan and co-creator Peter Gould have improbably constructed something that feels like a continuation of its predecessor but not a retread, telling a new tale with their old show's trademark meticulousness, gravity, humor, and, beauty.

Feb 9, 2015 | Full Review…

Who knew that watching the foundations of an amazing building being laid would be as pleasurable as the finished article?

Apr 11, 2020 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Creators Gilligan and Gould have left entire swathes of people-specifically, those who don't look like them-in the dustbin of tropes and stereotypes.

Aug 4, 2019 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Better Call Saul does a magnificent job at highlighting just how far people can-and will-go to do "right."

Apr 24, 2019 | Full Review…

It's hard to imagine a Breaking Bad spin-off being able to cap the brilliance of that series. Thanks to the superb performance by Bob Odenkirk, who delves into practically every emotional state in its first season alone, it's just as good...

Nov 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Better Call Saul has been like Breaking Bad without the boring bits. It has become something more, too: a show that not only follows on from its predecessor but has become a commentary on it, a companion show to the original.

Oct 19, 2018 | Full Review…

No stunt is too cheap for McGill, who's played with a masterly mix of low cunning and sweaty desperation by Bob Odenkirk.

Jul 24, 2018 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Call Saul: Season 1

  • Jul 01, 2020
    Exciting to see this spin off work so well.
  • Jun 04, 2020
    It's good. ‏‏‎ ‎‏‏‎ ‎
  • May 27, 2020
    After I finished Breaking Bad, I found myself rewatching episodes that had "the lawyer" in them. Hilarious character. So, finding out this whole "prequel" existed ... was exhilarating. The Cinnabon scenes are ..... so tragic & so hilarious at the same time. Jimmy is an incredibly likable but awful protagonist. My moral foundations are shaken in the best way possible.
  • May 09, 2020
    being prequel of breaking bad. it has good some decent start nd carries bit slow . but jimmy maintains the balance of series very well. happy to C some folks frm #Breakingbad . gud series showing post breaking bad and prequel maintaining the attire has come out good #gilligan_style. stryline sticks with jimmy aka saulgoodman . we get to see law firm , brothers, love , fun , scam & slippin jimmy !
  • May 06, 2020
    É um ótimo spin-off, vale a pena assistir.
  • Apr 21, 2020
    A prequel finds its ground harder, because it is overshadowed by the original, but Better Call Saul manages to step up it's game very well and being Breaking bad's prequel makes this even better. The real reason for this to be possible it's because of no other that Vince Gilligan, in my opinion the best director out there. Simply one of the best shows on tv, alongside Breaking bad, obviously..
  • Apr 15, 2020
    Very often a spin-off of a show that was wildly successful and popular is doomed to be inferior and less appealing. Better Call Saul avoids this trap with a solid narrative, well-realized characters and impeccable writing. Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould lead the way in crafting an extension of the Breaking Bad universe. Their writing prowess has clearly taken a giant step forward as the story takes it's time building the characters and immersing the viewer in an engrossing and realistic world. However, it is not dependent on what came before it. Some overlap exists of course, but the world here has a unique feel that differs from Breaking Bad. Bob Odenkirk leads the way with a performance that is on the level of Cranston as White. His emotional journey in this premiere season ranges from tragic to triumphant, and you're never left wondering how this truly captivating character feels. Jonathan Banks as Mike also shines. His standalone episode was perhaps the best of the ten, and his story gripped me in a way that I never could have anticipated. Rhea Seehorn and Michael McKean are also excellent as Kim and Chuck, respectively. Really, there are no weak links at all, which is one of the very few issues I had with Breaking Bad. Each character here has it's place. The direction and camerawork are as good as one might expect, leaving little to no room for criticism in that aspect. By the end, I wanted to immediately start season two. Rarely does a show reach heights such as this one, especially when the predecessor that spawned it is widely regarded as on of the greatest TV shows in history. Better Call Saul may be up there as well.
  • Mar 28, 2020
    The most addictive television!
  • Mar 16, 2020
    Honestly I couldn't even finish season one. Maybe it was because I was burned out from watching Breaking Bad but this show just didn't click with me. The story went really slow for me and I think I got to episode 7 before getting bored since I didn't feel any suspense. I really liked Saul in Breaking Bad but for me I couldn't see him as a main character. I'll try re-watching it later and see how it goes because I feel I am just burned out from Breaking Bad
  • Mar 12, 2020
    The writing and cast keeps this afloat, but otherwise there just isn't a story here

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