Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)


Season 1
Better Call Saul

Critics 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.



Critic Ratings: 68


Audience Score

User Ratings: 4956
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Air date: Feb 8, 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.


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
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
Daniel Knight
as APD Detective
Sanford Kelley
as Prosecutor
Carol Herman
as Mrs. Strauss
Gene Chavez
as HHM Employee #2
Kelley Lewallen
as Staff Member
Krista Kendall
as Cinnabon Employee #1
Tim Baltz
as Roland Jaycocks
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 (68) | 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…
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…

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…

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

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

Audience Reviews for Better Call Saul: Season 1

  • Oct 11, 2019
    An amazing prequel, spinoff series that is just as good if not better than Breaking Bad.
  • Oct 04, 2019
    Better Call Saul drags quite a bit throughout its first 6 or so episodes, but quickly more than makes up for it with some of the best final 4 episodes in the history of television.
  • Aug 27, 2019
    Interesting characters (mainly Saul and Mike) and dynamics. The show's inventive editing, directing and camerawork make it immediately clear that the creators of Breaking Bad worked on this as well. Though just as competently made as its predecessor, however, the story simply didn't have the same pull on me that Breaking Bad had (though this is barely a complaint). For Breaking Bad fans, or just fans of shows that explore morally conflicted characters in general, this is worth your time.
  • Aug 09, 2019
    It was slow at some parts, but genereally very well done. Great actors, Jimmy and Mike are the best. More than a couple climatic moments along the season. Bravo.
  • Jul 30, 2019
    He's on My list of top 10 Series .. It's amazing show with It's unique story and it's completely different from Breaking Bad series
  • Jul 27, 2019
    Not only a fascinating prologue to Breaking Bad, but it is its own unique series with interesting characters and fresh storylines.
  • Jul 08, 2019
    this show follows saul from the BB universe but in its first season feels like it struggles to find its place
  • Jun 24, 2019
    Better Call Saul is not Breaking Bad, it has its own magic and its interesting.
  • Apr 21, 2019
    One of the best shows on TV I have seen!! It's as good as Breaking Bad, which is another one of the best shows. The character development and likability is really good!!! Very entertaining show!
  • Feb 17, 2019
    Character development and the story are amazing.

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