Better Call Saul
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Better Call Saul

2015 - 2022
Drama
Crime
TV Series
46m
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Avg Percentile 79.07% from 2223 total ratings

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(2223)
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Rated 29 Apr 2016
9
93rd
Having finished the nearly perfect second season, I can say with absolute confidence that this show is better and more interesting than Breaking Bad on every level. And I adore Breaking Bad.
Rated 11 Jun 2017
6
70th
I can feel my interest in this show waning; new episodes are piling up longer and longer unwatched by me. It does a good job emulating the look and feel and vibe of Breaking Bad (and Mike storylines do consistently entertain) but definitely not that show's airtight and gripping plotting. Completely baffled by how anyone could seriously say this is better than Breaking Bad; that's like saying Die Hard 2: Die Harder is better than Die Hard.
Rated 17 Aug 2022
80
87th
To me S3 and S4 were peak BCS; completely original and the many stylistic maneuvers carried meaning. I felt that in S5 and S6 it slightly became a victim of it's success, and like many shows that are signed for multiple extra seasons, feels repetitive and sometimes even like BCS fan-fic. I thought the Howard-storyline in S6 was unconvincing and not very well executed and it made me hate Saul and Kim but not in an interesting way. Post Howard we moved on to a satisfying and much needed final.
Rated 23 Sep 2015
90
91st
This show still has a ways to go before it matches the insane quality of Breaking Bad, but it feels refreshing to see Gilligan tackle this new vantage point after he mastered the writing and the world of Breaking Bad. He has become a master of teasing and cliffhanging. I almost feel wrong rating the show now because of how much better I can tell it will get, but I feel the utmost excitement about watching it happen.
Rated 28 Jul 2019
95
70th
better than breaking bad
Rated 01 Mar 2017
92
89th
Bob Odenkirk (James McGill) is masterful in this series. While he is set up by the wonderful writing from Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould - and even direction from both of them - he is the key piece of the show for me. It's Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks (Mike) who distinguish the series from its predecessor, Breaking Bad. I know that sounds odd to say since they were both in that, but Better Call Saul highlights their abilities to take center stage and shatter expectations.
Rated 27 Aug 2016
87
87th
It's still got that Gilligan style, so you know you're in safe hands. I'm reviewing this after S1 & 2, but I feel like we're already getting payoff from a first season during which, the deck was stacked. As far as spinoffs go, who better to track the life and times of, than the show stealer from BB. Everyone loves a crooked criminal lawyer & what an opportunity the writers have to explore. With BB char cameos throughout, you get the superstitious wedding scenario, a mix of something old & new
Rated 10 Oct 2018
10
98th
This spin-off surpasses Breaking Bad in every way. When BB's fourth season ended I was glad there was only a season left, not the case with BCS, which just keeps getting better.
Rated 10 Feb 2016
85
88th
If you don't have the right amount of stickers, you won't be able to watch this show.
Rated 16 Jul 2021
97
98th
I prefer it to Breaking Bad, actually. Wish there weren't so many blatant Breaking Bad tie-ins, but if you had never seen Breaking Bad, then you wouldn't even know, I guess. Odenkirk comes across as a slimy guy with a streak for doing the right thing when he needs to, and his character development trumps what Walter White went through. Will go down as one of the greatest spin-off series of all time.
Rated 27 May 2016
95
96th
Better Call Saul gives Breaking Bad a run for its money and features perfect performances from Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks.
Rated 21 Jun 2017
60
64th
it's good, very good at times, and it's a pleasure to see characters from Breaking Bad but it occasionally feels very stretched out and I have a gnawing feeling at times that I'm just watching a cash in. Well worth watching but it's not up there with it's parent show
Rated 07 Nov 2015
80
62nd
I really didn't expect this show to be anywhere close to as good as Breaking Bad. Although the first 2 eppies desperately petition for your attention it did find its own groove by eppy 3, and is pretty solid throughout. Michael McKean and Bob Odenkirk make perfect screen brothers.
Rated 20 Oct 2018
85
91st
Now that it’s over, I’m unsure whether Better Call Saul surpasses the series from which it was spun off. The returning characters are fleshed out in the best way and the new characters shine just as brightly. The dedication to the art of filmmaking is obvious from every shot. I suspect this will be shown in film schools from now until the end of time because it is so expertly crafted and a high point for the golden age of television.
Rated 16 Aug 2020
75
64th
Spending sixty hours exploring the psychology and social impact of a born conman will always be more interesting than spending them charting the path "from Mr. Chips to Scarface". It's also a premise tailor-made for this team's penchant for elaborate set-pieces and almost fetishistic prioritization of character. Which leads to a peculiar bloat, especially in the gastro-montageal region, and increasingly in S5, some truly lousy writing. Kaylie asking about her dad is below-the-barrel stuff.
Rated 03 Dec 2017
96
99th
More like "Better than Breaking Bad"
Rated 20 Aug 2022
94
90th
S01-93 S02-91 S03-93 S04-92 S05-96 S06-97
Rated 18 Jan 2018
89
80th
It's a shame they have to market this as a prequel to Breaking Bad, because it's such a different show. It's visually striking and subtly written in ways Breaking Bad never was. And it's getting better - at this rate, it could be seen as an improvement on the original by the show's end.
Rated 04 Jan 2016
98
88th
Damn what a great show! This is a great follow up show to breaking bad.
Rated 16 Aug 2022
7
75th
A masterpiece of a spinoff prequel. I still prefer Breaking Bad, as it was groundbreaking for its time and BCS isn't doing anything new, but I sure did enjoy watching both. The pacing was often too slow, each season dragged big time during the middle, but it was worth it for the nicely wrapped up ending. I'm happy to let go of the breakingbadverse, 14 years was a long time and there's only minor loose ends left. Good memories, great to have experienced it all live.
Rated 10 Dec 2020
70
31st
Good start, stylish filming and solid acting, but finished unconvincing, no sensible character development, too many plot holes; the curse of the big TV epic -- in the last season the writers run out of steam, or just don't try that hard anymore.
Rated 15 Feb 2017
90
88th
Breaking Bad-the shadowy flight of a man who gets worse. Better Caul Saul-Sad but not brutal.
Rated 23 Oct 2019
98
95th
Better than the series it spun-off of imo. The character development and writing is exceptional throughout, although it is a bit of a slow-burn. Still impressed that this show manages to fit in with it's predecessor so well despite not having been written and developed alongside it.
Rated 08 Sep 2015
91
97th
If you prioritize characters and vibe, you will prefer BCS, if you prioritize plot and tension you will prefer BB. They're two parts to an overall story so watch BB first if you haven't, because there's so much background context you'd otherwise miss out on. In my opinion Odenkirk & BCS > Cranston & BB, but not by much.
Rated 08 Jul 2017
82
85th
[through season 6]
Rated 09 Oct 2016
80
81st
spin-off breaking bad'den daha iyi.
Rated 10 Sep 2015
82
70th
I'm liking this more than Breaking Bad so far, mostly because of Bob Odenkirk, one of the greatest human beings ever birthed. This is more prone to humour than BB, though still retains that drama that soars through such fantastic story plotting -- even though it may seem like plot-lines come and go, by the end of the season it all comes together to reveal a beautifully tragic arc for our Slippin' Jimmy. Another swansong from Gilligan about our dying civilisation. UD: S2 was a let-down :/
Rated 22 Apr 2023
91
95th
The story and decent of Jimmy McGill into being the bad guy is more believable than that of Walter White. And while Breaking Bad has some really great supporting characters and cast, Better Call Saul gets Chuck, more Mike, Lalo, and Kim who all knock it so far out of the park that it manages to be better than Breaking Bad. Maybe Saul also has an edge because Jimmy might be dirty, but he wasn't as rotten to the core as Walt. Like BB, knows how to end a story rather than continue till it sucks.
Rated 05 Apr 2021
92
94th
G E M
Rated 23 Sep 2022
100
95th
Increíble. Sin duda alguna una serie espectacular, con errores mínimos. Sus fallas más grandes: cambiaron al actor que interpretó a Jeff, hay errores en las fechas (o sea, aparecen cosas del año 2015 siendo que la serie se ambienta anterior a ese año), los actores no coinciden con la edad del personaje que interpretan, etc... Estos son errores, aun así, la serie sigue siendo increíble y no es algo que te arruine sustancialmente la experiencia.
Rated 07 Feb 2016
80
94th
A good fix for Breaking Bad fans although it lacks the powerhouse dual leads. Odenkirk is more than capable of carrying a series though. Seeing Mike and Tuco was pretty cool. I will be watching season 2 for sure.
Rated 10 Mar 2016
77
86th
Season 1 (Introduction): 77 Season 2 (Chuck & Nacho): 77
Rated 02 Oct 2016
93
86th
I'm a big fan of breaking bad and this is a really awesome series. It's great to see after you've seen breaking bad.
Rated 11 Mar 2016
85
73rd
No doubt this rating will go up as the show continues
Rated 23 Nov 2020
75
79th
S1
Rated 30 Dec 2020
85
99th
S1:79 S2:84 S3:86 S4:81 S5:87 S6a:89 S6b:97
Rated 12 Jul 2023
89
79th
S1:79 S2:84 S3:86 S4:81 S5:87 S6a:89 S6b:97
Rated 17 Oct 2022
85
86th
(S1-5) Criminally under-rated, and superior to the show's it's based on. Like Breaking Bad, it's an in-depth character study about a morally complex character, except in this case, not only is Jimmy McGill a far more entertaining character to watch than Walter White was, but the show itself poses more intelligent, deeper and more meaningful questions about ethics and morality than Breaking Bad was ever able to muster.
Rated 19 Sep 2018
88
98th
Requires you watch Breaking Bad as the series expects you understand the minimally-introduced context between various plot threads. As long as you have the prerequisites, BCS is a worthy follow-up to Breaking Bad that emphasizes the wider Albuquerque world rather than a single character, especially after Season 1.
Rated 19 Sep 2015
65
54th
Score after S1
Rated 24 Jul 2023
100
94th
I love this as much as I loved Breaking Bad, and I like particularly that Jimmy is not so dark character as Mr. White was, and I like the chemistry between him and Kim.
Rated 17 Dec 2017
85
94th
when it was announced, I expressed apprehension that it would even have a point. instead, it is significantly better than its source material. Odenkirk is a national treasure
Rated 08 Jan 2022
4
91st
The best bits of (the horribly over-rated Breaking Bad) and more, a fun watch so far.
Rated 03 Aug 2023
78
70th
This rating is based on the first season so far. It's enjoyable, although obviously not as good as Breaking Bad. I don't mind the build up being slower though, but it does mean that any mind blowing episodes tend to be further apart, but there's still a lot of great character development.
Rated 15 Apr 2017
96
98th
Better Call Saul gives Breaking Bad a run for its money and features powerhouse performances from Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks.
Rated 20 Oct 2021
90
94th
Overall a wonderful prequel/Spinoff to Breaking Bad which shows how James McGill becomes Saul Goodman or rather how he was Saul Goodman all along. Does a great job elaborating on characters from Breaking Bad as well as creating a bunch of fantastic new characters. Season one was a little uneven but good as they tried to find what type of show it was going to be. But once the show found it's ground it's a fantastic slow burn. S1: 85 S2: 88 S3: 95 S4: 90
Rated 14 Apr 2020
95
98th
Rhea Seehorn!
Rated 21 Jul 2016
75
83rd
S1: 65 | S2: 65 | S3: 80 | S4: 75 | S5: 75 | S6: 75
Rated 04 Feb 2023
95
98th
The one time where the spinoff turned out to be slightly better than the hit show it came from. It takes about 6-7 episodes to find its footing, but then it takes off like a rocket. Kim (Rhea Seehorn) is the best character written for a woman...EVER! It's sacrilege that Seehorn didn't win one Emmy for her work on this show.
Rated 15 Oct 2023
89
94th
Really excellent--from someone who just never got into Breaking Bad. Bob Odenkirk is genius, as is most of the writing. Jonathan Banks is marvelous--my favorite series character in many a moon. Rhea Seehorn has the bad luck to have a speaking voice uncomfortably similar to Helen Hunt's in "Mad About You"...thank god she's not nearly as annoying (in fact, she's quite good). Everything improves--writing, characters, visulas--as the show goes on. Season 6 has moments of near-operatic magnificence.
Rated 06 Oct 2017
84
75th
3-4 seasons are better than 1-2... still jimmy is not yet saul...
Rated 17 Jan 2024
90
70th
I love lawyers, I loved Breaking Bad, I loved this show. However, the "present/future" sequences with the black/white are ... kind of boring and I didn't end up caring much for that choice. I would've just loved to watch Saul do his lawyering for six seasons.
Rated 13 Feb 2024
72
59th
forgot to make this note when i remembered better lmao basically i wish it was more jimmy, less mike gus nacho. just jimmy was prob 75+
Rated 05 Apr 2023
95
96th
Masterpiece.
Rated 14 Aug 2023
77
79th
Loses the appeal in the final seasons since it has nothing new to offer. Nevertheless it is such an amusing trip with Saul Goodman as the tour guide.
Rated 29 Jun 2020
60
49th
I’m really disappointed by this show. For me, its major flaw is its lack of curiosity. Its world is one of thugs, suckers, and nothing else. The elaborate cons get exhausting after a while, and the show’s supposed deep interest in character feels as though it were gleaned from a screenwriting handbook. There’s nothing to hold the attention or capture the imagination. After six seasons, it all feels claustrophobic and sort of rote.
Rated 04 Dec 2023
82
88th
S1: 80, S2: 85, S3: 82, S4: 82, S5: 82, S6: 82
Rated 24 Feb 2016
97
98th
Somehow better than what I thought was possibly the best show of all time in Breaking Bad. It's a slow burn but keeps your interest throughout, supplementing the bit of action with questions of moral ambiguity and just enough subtlety to keep you thinking yet also entertained. A perfect show, with perfect acting and casting. I can't say enough good things.
Rated 24 Mar 2020
5
88th
If you are reading this, stop; go watch it; now.
Rated 20 Apr 2016
15
81st
Season 1-2
Rated 29 Jan 2016
80
91st
The only good lawyer show I've ever seen. Why is it good? Well besides the fanstastic casting and cinematography, there's the writing, which doesn't glorify lawyers one bit. Actually it kind of does the opposite... which is refreshing.
Rated 04 Dec 2016
74
59th
S1–S4: 84
Rated 22 Oct 2015
95
96th
Better Call All of the awards shows and tell them to send their trophies to Mr. Gilligan's house)
Rated 08 Sep 2015
8
70th
honestly, they lost their way somewhere in the middle of this series. they cornered themselves into focusing on virtually anything except what was promised: how did Jimmy become Saul? and when it was finally time to show it to us, they flash forwarded over it. this could have been fun, but they took a direction that was not particularly entertaining to me. glad they mostly stayed away from the Breaking Bad time-line. I rewatch BB at least once a year. don't think I'll rewatch BCS anytime soon
Rated 06 Sep 2022
100
97th
My favorite tv show so far. I’m struggling to find other shows that rival the writing, characters, and cinematography of this show.
Rated 01 Mar 2020
1
8th
Rated 05 Apr 2024
6
60th
Better Call Saul feels so much like the definition of “spin off” in truest form. While you get a sense that this exists in the Breaking Bad universe, it is much different in its presentation and structure. It’s more slow & less bombastic compared to BB’s aggressive and impulsive approach. It really feels more like a personal story where the characters are front and center, and the story around them just isn’t nearly as engaging until the later seasons. Enjoyable, but it’s not BB and that’s okay.
Rated 21 May 2018
40
19th
eng; [better call saul -- SERIE]; die geschichte eines anwalts und wie er zu seiner zwielichtigen karriere kommt.; (nicht sehr spannende erste staffel); {Folgen: S01};
Rated 15 Oct 2015
80
78th
It's not Breaking Bad and we shouldn't expect it to be, but it's great to be able to keep hanging out with Saul and Mike, and much like the show that spawned it, it feels ineffably different to other prestige dramas, less dependent on the same familiar beats and plots, or maybe they are just executed with such skill that we don't notice. This show has a lot of potential and obviously the creators have a plan in mind, as you can see from the surprising, perfect twist at the end of episode nine.
Rated 12 Dec 2016
85
58th
S1-2: 92 S3-4: 85 later seasons drag on with only minor developments to the narrative and characters. S4 finale was terrible. takes 40 episodes and lots of go-nowhere subplots to get to saul goodman.
Rated 13 Jul 2022
94
93rd
Season 1 - 90 Season 2 - 90
Rated 06 Jul 2021
82
93rd
Wonderful in the art of building entangled stories, lack rhythm on some episode, but fairly enjoyable.
Rated 11 Mar 2016
90
96th
Incredible series. True Modern-Day Masterpiece.
Rated 30 May 2018
60
68th
Until the third season. I like more than the original.
Rated 01 Dec 2018
87
96th
SEASON 1-4 (NOVEMBER 18) SEASON 5 (APRİL 20) SEASON (AUGUST 22)
Rated 09 Sep 2015
80
84th
Season One was superb. Everything felt really well organised and planned. Odenkirk is perfect for this.
Rated 16 Dec 2015
68
56th
S3
Rated 11 Dec 2021
98
99th
Almost as good as BB, yet to see what the final season gives us
Rated 06 Apr 2016
82
91st
Brilliant!
Rated 11 Sep 2015
5
44th
It was a noticable drop off from Breaking Bad. Once the show started to get interesting season 1 ended, which was super frustrating. Has a couple of cool moments, mainly all the Mike scenes and the Tuco episode was good, but this isn't as good as people say..people are just coming down from a Breaking Bad high.
Rated 15 Aug 2022
85
84th
S1: 85 S2: 90 S3: 90 S4: 90 S5: 85
Rated 10 Feb 2016
85
88th
(Seasons 1-2) Nuanced, meaningful dark comedy that deserves to escape Breaking Bad's shadow. Odenkirk is a fantastic actor who deserves at least as much credit as the writers for bringing new life and sympathy to the ambulance-chaser stereotype. Michael McKean and Jonathan Banks also bring much more to their roles than what's on paper. Succumbs to bloat from time to time; banter that refuses to end and montages scored with blaring music to disguise dullness.
Rated 12 Jan 2016
80
95th
I'll miss Saul. An excellent companion to Breaking Bad and essential viewing for fans of BB. Complete series.
Rated 16 Aug 2022
100
93rd
The Last 2 Seasons are Worth 5 Points+
Rated 06 Sep 2020
98
92nd
One of the best series ever created. Excellent character development. Attention to detail. Great acting. Some argue that it’s better than Breaking Bad which you should see before starting BCS.
Rated 14 Nov 2022
82
77th
Acting - 24/25 Pace - 14/25 Direction - 23/25 Plot - 21/25
Rated 12 Jan 2021
90
93rd
Son sezonuyla birlikte ciddi ciddi Breaking Bad'e kafa tutabilecek kadar harika bir yapım haline geldi. Çok çok başarılı bir spinn-off'dur.
Rated 24 Mar 2020
100
94th
Watched the first season. Touched me. Exceptional.
Rated 19 Aug 2022
90
94th
bye bye Saul!
Rated 27 May 2023
77
53rd
The show was pretty great, but the way some characters' stories were resolved didn't really make sense and felt like your standard dose of US American moralizing. No other explanation for resolving Nacho's story, as well as Jimmy's story, so out of character. A shame really, Better Call Saul could have been up there with Wire and Sopranos..
Rated 16 Oct 2015
92
72nd
It may never be able to match Breaking Bad, but Better Call Saul is a genius drama in its own right. Knowing what Saul becomes makes the journey that much more fascinating. Odenkirk has never been better.
Rated 06 Jun 2017
83
80th
Great but the end of the season 2.
Rated 08 Feb 2023
91
55th
maybe it's bc i only watched the first 2 seasons live & only in jan 2023 watched it all—maybe it's bc i binged it, but it just didn't seem to impact me as much as it has others. i loved all the usual vince gilligan shit—100 dollar bills fluttering by a cactus or w/e lol. but the strong parts (e.g. mike; varga) didn't blind me to the weak parts (e.g. gus focus unnecessary; kim character slightly off). don't get me wrong—it's a great show. i just don't seem to have gotten as much out of it as most
Rated 03 Jan 2019
20
12th
I think I dumped it in the 2nd season.
Rated 09 Sep 2015
78
81st
I imagine it's hard(er) to get into if you haven't watched the mother show "Breaking Bad" beforehand. Luckily I did, and for the first season it feels way more thought-out than its successor and thus is the more gripping show. -- Season 1: |78|
Rated 23 Jul 2017
96
94th
so good
Rated 13 Jul 2023
90
85th
Great writing, kept me on hook till the end
Rated 16 Nov 2022
90
93rd
The writing, filmmaking and acting are all among the best of all time. There is simply no denying the mastery. The closest you will come to objective greatness. With that said, for me it lacked that mysterious component which takes something from great to that upper echelon of art. The type that lingers in your mind and changes you as a person. Which is an unfair bar to set for anything, but I really wish this did just that.
Rated 13 Mar 2019
80
90th
S1-3 : 60 S4: 70 S5: 80 S6: 85
Rated 25 Jun 2020
3
64th
Very well written and shot, but it's even slower than Breaking Bad, and filled with nostalgia baits -- scenes and characters that are only there as callbacks to Breaking Bad and that would not make sense otherwise.

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