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Better Call Saul
- Year: 2015
- Restrictions: 18+
Better Call Saul – rating:
- IMDb: 8.7
- Rotten Tomatoes: 97%
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Better Call Saul is an American television crime drama series created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould. It is a prequel and spin-off of Gilligan’s previous series Breaking Bad. Set in the early to mid 2000s in Albuquerque, New Mexico, the series follows the development of Jimmy McGill, a Chicago area con-man into Juarez cartel affiliated, criminal defense attorney Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk). Also shown is the moral descent of retired Philadelphia police officer Mike Ehrmantraut (Jonathan Banks), who becomes essential to Gus Fring’s ambitions to overtake and secede from the Juarez cartel’s activities in North America. Jimmy and Mike’s interactions remain sporadic until they fully converge in the fifth season. The show premiered on AMC on February 8, 2015, airing five seasons to date. A sixth and final season is scheduled to air in 2021, and will consist of 13 episodes.
At the start of the series, Jimmy works as a public defender, out of the back room of a Vietnamese-owned nail salon. His romantic interest, former colleague and legal confidant, Kim Wexler (Rhea Seehorn), is an attorney at the Albuquerque firm of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM), founded by Jimmy’s brilliant, but now semi-reclusive brother Chuck McGill (Michael McKean) and his associate Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian). Jimmy’s criminal contacts include Mike and drug dealer Nacho Varga (Michael Mando), an intelligent member of the cartel who later becomes a mole for Gus (Giancarlo Esposito). Their operations are disrupted by members of the brutal Salamanca family, including Lalo Salamanca (Tony Dalton). Odenkirk, Banks, and Esposito reprise their regular roles from Breaking Bad, as do many guest actors.
Better Call Saul has received critical acclaim, with particular praise for its acting, characters, writing, direction, and cinematography; many critics have called it a worthy successor to Breaking Bad and one of the best prequels ever made, with some deeming it superior to its predecessor. It has garnered many nominations, including a Peabody Award, 23 Primetime Emmy Awards, eleven Writers Guild of America Awards, five Critics’ Choice Television Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and two Golden Globe Awards. The series premiere held the record for the highest-rated scripted series premiere in basic cable history at the time of its airing.