Better Call Saul: Season 1 Reviews

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February 23, 2015
Odenkirk brings such vividly raw desperation to this hapless bottom-feeder that it's hard not to root for Jimmy as he tangles with lowlifes while feverishly trying to hang on to a shred of professional integrity and decency. That's a ride worth taking.
February 23, 2015
Saul is a tangential prequel to Breaking Bad... Saul is also the story of a man slipping over to the dark side, filled with comical touches, not-so-comical brutality and oddball complications.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 10, 2015
Just as Breaking Bad did when Walter and Jesse started cooking together, Saul eventually shifts into high gear and delivers real promise as an addictive drama that's full of surprises and, more importantly, thoughtful storytelling.
Full Review | Original Score: 4/5
February 9, 2015
In short, the propaganda surrounding Saul has been entirely accurate, and while Jimmy may experience disappointment after disappointment, viewers will suffer no such fate.
February 9, 2015
Fans of Breaking Bad will be pleased to hear that AMC's new prequel to that show, Better Call Saul, is a Frasier.
February 9, 2015
How will Better Call Saul play for those unfamiliar with Breaking Bad? It still works, provided they're content with Gilligan's trademark loopiness and the show's leisurely (but confident) pace.
February 9, 2015
I'd give it a solid A for the pilot-which seems at once like a completely different structure from Breaking Bad while simultaneously existing in the exact same world-and the little revelations I had during it felt very Deep-with-a-capital-D.
Top Critic
February 9, 2015
Saul is lighter and brighter than Bad, and -- particularly with Sunday's launch -- often very funny.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
February 9, 2015
Better Call Saul got off to a very promising start with its premiere, showing that the spinoff will be plenty capable of being its own show while still remaining part of the larger world created in Breaking Bad.
February 9, 2015
An incredibly promising start for what should be one of the rare spin-offs that work. The best since FRAISER?
Full Review | Original Score: 8/10
February 9, 2015
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.
Top Critic
February 9, 2015
Better Call Saul, which quickly shifts to six years before Breaking Bad's time, is a rare achievement: a great new series born from one of the best dramas in recent TV history.
February 9, 2015
With the talent involved, I'm hopeful that Better Call Saul will prove to be worth watching for reasons that go beyond Breaking Bad nostalgia.
February 9, 2015
It does prove that a series can satisfy fans and the network marketing department and still be very good.
February 9, 2015
The writing, with its sudden shifts from drama to comedy and its sympathetic view of its bumbling characters, is so stellar.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2015
After just a few episodes, it's clear that Saul Goodman is a compelling enough slimeball to carry his own backstory.
February 9, 2015
It's far more than just OK. It's terrific.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/4
February 9, 2015
This show is in dialogue with its predecessor, but that dialogue exists as a bridge between Better Call Saul and Breaking Bad, not a doorway for cheap fan service.
Full Review | Original Score: B
February 9, 2015
Even without Walter White or Jesse Pinkman, Saul makes for some darn good television.
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
February 9, 2015
Better Call Saul looks very much as though it can stand on its own, even with occasional drop-ins from prominent Breaking Bad characters other than Mike Ehrmantraut.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
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