Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)

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Critic Consensus: 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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Episodes

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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
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Air date: Mar 9, 2015
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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
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
Dan Moseley
as Lobby Guard
T.C. Warner
as Hospital Nurse
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
Josh Fadem
as Camera Guy
Jim Hatch
as Sheriff Deputy
Joe Berryman
as Big Ricky Sipes
Kim Lan T Pham
as Salon Employee #2
Jacob Browne
as Veteran Cop
Julia Ann Emery
as Betsy Kettleman
Eddie Fernandez
as Billboard Guy
Steve Mokate
as Bartender
Ryan Jason Cook
as Younger Cop
Robert Fortner
as Snake Face
Ed Duran
as Prosecutor
Daniel Knight
as APD Detective
Carol Herman
as Mrs. Strauss
Gene Chavez
as HHM Employee #2
Sanford Kelley
as Prosecutor
Kelley Lewallen
as Staff Member
Tim Baltz
as Roland Jaycocks
Krista Kendall
as Cinnabon Employee #1
Wendy Miner-Ashby
as Water Aerobics Instructor
Lonnie Lane
as Bailiff
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 (65) | Top Critics (37)

For Breaking Bad's legion of fans Better Call Saul, released in weekly episodes, contains elements of prequel, recap and sequel, evoking Breaking Bad's residual glamour.

May 2, 2017 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

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…
NPR
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…

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…

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…

Better Call Saul is turning out to be an artistic, thoughtful, and very entertaining show.

Jun 20, 2018 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Better Call Saul is a worthy successor to Breaking Bad, but it's not Breaking Bad 2.0.

Jun 19, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Better Call Saul: Season 1

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ChrisB

Super Reviewer

As a spin off from Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has proven itself to be a worthy successor to the beloved series. Darkly comic, Better Call Saul may not always please the fans but the transition of genre may attract young bloods

SylvesterK

Super Reviewer

Better Call Saul did the right thing as a spin-of, by establishing early on that this was its own show. The tone is different, the character are different, the motivations are different, whilst at the same time, there's a sense of familiarity thanks to the setting, cinematography and way the show is made. Frankly, 10 episodes felt like little to help the show escalate into something grand. Much like Breaking Bad, which also started very slowly, maybe we'll start to have those incredibly tense shenanigans with the cartels soon, thanks to Jimmy's big decision on the last episode. It has room to grow and interesting enough characters to back his transformation but things really need to start picking up the pace, despite being a show that makes legal talk and action more interesting than the subject has any right to.

Francisco G

Super Reviewer

For the die hard fans of Breaking Bad, the series ending was a crushing blow, and as is the case with the more popular series, few were happy with the way it ended. The fans wouldn't be disappointed for long however, as it was soon announced that fan favorite, Bob Odenkirk, who played shady lawyer Saul Goodman, would be getting his own spin-off and once again Vince Gilligan and the beloved genre he created lived on. Better Call Saul is not what most of us expected it to be, as we assumed, Saul wouldn't stay where he was after the events of the Breaking Bad finale, and that we'd come to see what's next, but in fact, it's just the opposite. The series begins with a depressed and sentimental Saul, taking a look back at where it all started, back when he was kind of an honest man, who kind of cared about a few people, and went by his real name, James McGill. McGill was a con-artist who was frequently bailed out by his brother (Michael McKean) who was a big time lawyer at a huge firm. It was he who convinced Jimmy to turn his life around and try to follow in his footsteps and that's what he did....kind of. Lets start with the show, because it is every bit as clever and well written as Breaking Bad was. You might not have the shocking violence, at least not yet, but as with it's predecessor, the show is always three steps ahead of you, it's clever, humorous in that dry kind of way, and it is extremely entertaining. Also similar to Breaking Bad, you have some great side characters, but one man is the show, and that man is Bob Odenkirk. If you thought he was good on Breaking Bad, you haven't seen anything yet. By the time he was Saul, he was a complete con-man, everything was a joke or a scam, but Jimmy, he hasn't really crossed that line completely, he has his moments, but he still has his humanity and compassion. That internal struggle between doing what's right and doing what he deems is necessary is at the heart of the show, and Bob Odenkirk is the heart and soul of the show. The bottom line, Better Call Saul is not on the same level as Breaking Bad...YET, but it's headed that way. What did you think of Breaking Bad after twenty episodes? Did you feel the same way as you did after sixty? That's the point, Saul is feeling his oats, building his story and his reputation. As for Vince Gilligan, he learned from his mistakes and I think people are going to catch on and get hooked a lot faster this time around. This show has the same feel to it and things are only going to get bigger and better, so if you're putting off on watching it until you start hearing more hype, that's your choice, but you're missing out on some pretty good stuff.

ToddS

Super Reviewer

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