Better Call Saul is a American neo-western crime drama television series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. The show is a spin-off prequel of Gilligan’s prior series Breaking Bad. Set in the early 2000s, Better Call Saul follows the story of small-time lawyer James McGill (Bob Odenkirk), six years before his appearance on Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman.
The series premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015. The 10-episode first season aired weekly on Monday nights, followed by the second season which aired in 2016. The third season premiered on April 10, 2017. On June 27, 2017, AMC announced that the series had been renewed for a 10-episode fourth season that would premiere in mid-2018; it is set to be the show’s last.
Better Call Saul has received widespread critical acclaim. The first season holds a Metacritic score of 85 out of 100, based on 31 reviews, indicating “universal acclaim”. For the second season, it increased to a score of 92 out of 100, based on 15 reviews, also indicating “universal acclaim”. The third season received even higher acclaim with a Metacritic score of 96 out of 100, based on 9 reviews, once again indicating “universal acclaim”.
The series has been praised for its writing, direction, acting performances (particularly those of Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks), cinematography, editing, and music. Several critics have called it one of the greatest television spin-offs of all time.
1. The show is a prequel and a spin-off
Better Call Saul is both a prequel and a spin-off to the highly successful series Breaking Bad. The show is set six years before the events of Breaking Bad, and follows the story of small-time lawyer James McGill (Bob Odenkirk) – who will later be known as Saul Goodman.
2. Vince Gilligan always planned for a Saul Goodman spin-off
Vince Gilligan, the creator of both Breaking Bad and Better Call Saul, has said that he always planned for there to be a Saul Goodman spin-off. In fact, the character was originally created with the intention of being a spin-off character.
3. The show was originally going to be a half-hour comedy
Better Call Saul was originally envisioned as a half-hour comedy, but Gilligan and Gould decided to make it an hour-long drama instead. This was in part because they felt that the character of Saul Goodman was more interesting as a dramatic character than a comedic one.
4. Bob Odenkirk was hesitant to return to television
Bob Odenkirk, who plays the lead role of Saul Goodman, has said that he was hesitant to return to television after the end of Breaking Bad. However, he decided to do it because he loved the character and he thought it would be fun to play him again.
5. The show is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Like Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico. In fact, many of the locations from Breaking Bad are used in the show, such as Saul’s office and the parking lot where Walt and Jesse cook meth.
6. The show has a different feel than Breaking Bad
Despite being set in the same universe as Breaking Bad, Better Call Saul has a very different feel than its predecessor. This is due to the fact that it is a prequel and therefore has a different tone and style.
7. The music is very different from Breaking Bad
The music in Better Call Saul is also very different from the music in Breaking Bad. This is in part because the show is set in a different time period, and also because it has a different overall tone.
8. The cast is mostly new
While the lead character of Saul Goodman is played by Bob Odenkirk, the rest of the cast is mostly new. This includes such actors as Rhea Seehorn, Patrick Fabian, and Michael McKean.
9. The show has received critical acclaim
Better Call Saul has received critical acclaim from both fans and critics alike. It has been praised for its writing, direction, acting performances, cinematography, editing, and music.
10. The show is currently in its third season
The third season of Better Call Saul premiered on April 10, 2017. The show is currently airing new episodes on Monday nights at 9 PM EST on AMC.