Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
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.



Critic Ratings: 69


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Air date: Feb 8, 2015

The opener of a prequel tracing the evolution of "Breaking Bad" lawyer Saul Goodman finds Jimmy McGill working his magic in the courtroom. Then, unexpected inspiration leads him to an unconventional pursuit of potential clients.

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Air date: Feb 9, 2015

As his troubles escalate to a boiling point, Jimmy finds himself in dire straits. Meanwhile, an act of carelessness puts Chuck at risk.

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Air date: Feb 16, 2015

Jimmy pulls out all the stops to prove that a dangerous client is innocent, even though it causes some friction with Kim.

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Air date: Feb 23, 2015

Jimmy conjures up a bold plan to solicit new clients, but has to face the consequences when the scheme strains his relationship with a rival firm.

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Air date: Mar 2, 2015

When his efforts to drum up new business are interrupted by alarming news, Jimmy is pressured to make a difficult choice.

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Air date: Mar 9, 2015

Mike's tragic past comes back to haunt him, and he's forced to seek help from an unusual source. Meanwhile, Jimmy's moral compass is put to the test.

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Air date: Mar 16, 2015

Jimmy meets with potential new clients. Then, when given the opportunity to do the right thing, he cashes in a favour from an unlikely ally.

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Air date: Mar 23, 2015

Jimmy shows Chuck that he's willing to do almost anything to win a case, even if it means getting his hands dirty.

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Air date: Mar 30, 2015

Chuck urges Jimmy to accept a harsh truth. Meanwhile, a deal threatens to go off the rails when Mike's ability to complete a job is called into question.

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Air date: Apr 6, 2015

In the Season 1 finale, Jimmy seizes the opportunity to reconnect with an old friend. Meanwhile, Chuck adjusts to a new way of life.

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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.

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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…
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…
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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

  • Oct 11, 2020
    Flash back to when our main man was Jimmy McGill, a lawyer struggling to catch a break while taking care of his brother. Gilligan is still a great story teller and isn't afraid to let you sit on a scene. But it is clear he learned his lesson from Breaking Bad and this story starts off a lot stronger. It's full of compelling characters and stories and the episodes never leave you bored or incredulous. But at the same time I was never super driven to watch the next episode. I'd be curious what would happen next and knew it would be a good time, but I never felt compelled. Looking forward to diving back into this universe.
  • Aug 05, 2020
    Never thought spin off of a comedy character from one of the best tv shows ever made would be this much entertaining. Bob obendink and jonathan banks really gives the life to their characters again
  • Jul 28, 2020
    Although I wouldn't say season one of Better Call Saul hooks you to the degree of its predecessor, Breaking Bad, the series still starts things off right with an intriguingly complex central character and a great supporting cast. The writing and directing is top notch and the performances are impressive, especially from Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks. Better Call Saul: Season One successfully introduces us into its compelling world and promisingly sets the series up for great things to come.
  • Jul 28, 2020
    The first season of the Breaking Bad spin-off, Better Call Saul is a suprisingly funny, dark mix of a comedy and a drama, that has a totally different tone from Breaking Bad. Bob Odenkirk is always a pleasure to see in his role of a lifetime, and everyone else is really great too. This first season manages to stay rather slow paced, but still very much entertaining. It ends with a nostalgic and sad tone, and it flows perfectly into the second season. If this keeps up, I might like Better Call Saul more than Breaking Bad itself.
  • Jul 27, 2020
    "EL ABOGADO DE HEISENBERG REGRESA" Que tremendo talento y sensatez tiene el director Vince Gilligan de traer de vuelta el mundo de Breaking Bad pero ahora de la mano de uno de los personajes mas emblemáticos de la misma serie y dándole un trasfondo super interesante y agregando personajes no solo bien construidos, si no, que su actuación es de pertenencia en un instante es como si hubieran estado interpretando a sus personajes por años y Chuck se perfila para ser de los personajes mas queridos y emblemáticos de la serie, que gran satisfacción volver.
  • Jul 20, 2020
    I was pleasantly surprised by how good this was. I only really put it on out of boredom while browsing Netflix. I had seen Breaking Bad and it was engaging though I thought a bit overrated. I expected a story about Saul to be going for a very comedic angle, and though there are many laughs it has WAY more depth than expected. Very well-written, great characters and some phenomenal acting.
  • Jul 15, 2020
    I'd dare say the spin off is better than the original series 😂 it's much less gloomy than breaking bad and you can watch it with much less dread of the looming gloom that breaking bad fortold in each episode.. moreover, you somehow identify with Saul's struggles to make something of his life . .. this one stands out on it's own as one of the best series out there...
  • 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.

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