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Better Call Saul: Season 1 (2015)




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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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, Saul Goodman
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
Joe DeRosa
as Caldera
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 (60) | Top Critics (36)

By the end of the episode, it had all started to feel kind of familiar, in the best possible way.

February 13, 2018 | Full Review…

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.

February 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.

February 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.

February 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.

January 30, 2015 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Better Call Saul: Season 1



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


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

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