• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Feb 8, 2015
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
Metascore
87

Universal acclaim - based on 16 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 15 out of 16
  2. Negative: 0 out of 16

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Tim Surette
    Aug 7, 2018
    100
    It's time that we really consider that Better Call Saul is equalling the quality of Breaking Bad, and in some ways is doing things even better.
  2. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Aug 6, 2018
    100
    No show on the air does a better job of turning moments that ought to be blips on a viewer’s radar into moments of captivating drama, and as the story moves into increasingly tragic territory in its fourth season, it’s a necessary strength to keep Jimmy’s misfortunes (self-imposed or otherwise) something to care about, rather than to revel in.
  3. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Aug 6, 2018
    100
    Better Call Saul just keeps on getting better and better. That's an easy call, particularly after seeing the gripping first three episodes of the "Breaking Bad" prequel's fourth season. ... One constant in Better Call Saul is that, as riveting as Odenkirk is as Jimmy, this hardly is a one-actor showcase.
  4. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Aug 6, 2018
    100
    These first three episodes--all that were available to press--are masterful displays of the subtle impact of tragedy on behavior, all against the backdrop of an increasingly-heated drug war that we know will eventually help turn Jimmy into Saul.
  5. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Aug 1, 2018
    100
    The precision of "Saul's" craftsmanship--writing, direction, acting, and all the way down to craft services, for all I know--makes this the best series on TV. And there really is no contest.
  6. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Jul 23, 2018
    100
    How have things changed in Season 4? The answer is simple: just more, but better, deeper, and more daring.
  7. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Aug 1, 2018
    91
    In order to land some sorrowful emotional beats, these new episodes have to shed some of Better Call Saul’s defining lightheartedness. And make no mistake: The way season four kicks into gear with such confidence and precision has all the markings of Breaking Bad’s clockwork plotting.
  8. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Aug 13, 2018
    90
    Better Call Saul itself is a haunted work of television, although the spirits surrounding it are hallowed and sacred; it exists as a prequel to one of the finest series of television’s Golden Age, “Breaking Bad.” But Better Call Saul stands on its own.
  9. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Aug 3, 2018
    90
    The transmutation of Jimmy to Saul (and don’t forget Gene and his season-starting cameos) is likely to produce the best balance of darkness and humor that the series has mustered, if for nothing else than there's a gleeful appreciation on the part of the audience for Saul's shenanigans; their rising occurrence will be amusing while, at the same time, watching the exacting toll it took on Jimmy to get there will be distressing.
  10. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Jul 23, 2018
    83
    There are a lot of tiny delights. (On this show, making coffee looks Hitchcockian.) But there’s a resistant macro-feeling of: Like, why? ... I’m left with the feeling that the Gus Fring scenes in Better Call Saul are the dark-drama equivalent of the horrible Darth Vader scenes in Rogue One, this looming figure of evil awesomeness brought out of retirement to emanate coolness fumes.
  11. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Aug 6, 2018
    80
    Old dynamics flip, long-gestating character studies pay off, and feelings geyser up in surprising places.
  12. 80
    This is a series you can’t just half-watch while scrolling your phone, because if you do, you won’t know what’s going on. The show can be hard to follow even if you’re watching closely, because so much of the plot is inferred. ... The pleasures of Better Call Saul are almost entirely visceral and emotional.
  13. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Aug 6, 2018
    80
    Better Call Saul is TV's version of a Russian nesting doll, slowly adding layers to the "Breaking Bad" prequel, inching toward its logical expiration date. As the new season demonstrates, the AMC show has grown richer in the process, even if the pacing at times remains a trifle sluggish.
  14. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Aug 3, 2018
    80
    The new season of Better Call Saul starts off slowly and somberly (as of its first three episode available for review), full of silence and tension. Jimmy, Mike, and Nacho are all dealing with the fallout from decisions they’ve made to do what they thought was right--even if what they did to get there is more morally muddled.
  15. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jul 31, 2018
    80
    The season premiere, written by Mr. Gould, serves as a warm-up act for the season’s more gripping second episode that features at least two remarkable scenes with bravura performances: Jimmy self-sabotaging and Kim, in a searing performance by Ms. Seehorn, ripping into Howard Hamlin (Patrick Fabian).
  16. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Aug 3, 2018
    60
    [Odenkirk's] nervous, shifty quality is perfect for the part, but he doesn’t bring a depth to Jimmy that would account for the character’s contradictions. Season 4 continues to bring Jimmy and Mike together for brief, nonessential meetings, which means that for now Saul continues to be about a third of a really good show--the portion in which Mr. Banks gets to exercise his tremendous authority and subtlety in the story line leading directly to the events of “Breaking Bad,” while Mr. Odenkirk and the other major (non-Hispanic) characters spin their wheels in the legal drama.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 135 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 3 out of 135
  1. Aug 10, 2018
    10
    Better Call Saul is AS GOOD as Breaking Bad, plain and simply.
    If you never started this show, do it and give it some time, it will grow into
    Better Call Saul is AS GOOD as Breaking Bad, plain and simply.
    If you never started this show, do it and give it some time, it will grow into you.
    The cast is phenomenal.
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  2. Aug 8, 2018
    9
    There are no other shows on air that compare to BCS. To compare it to Breaking Bad is a serious error, as the show has more humor, wit, andThere are no other shows on air that compare to BCS. To compare it to Breaking Bad is a serious error, as the show has more humor, wit, and empathetic characters then BB. The show's a slow burner, ratcheting up the tension, and drama organically. There are no clear lines between evil and good as the characters motivations are believable and understandable. Bob Odenkirk plays the tragic Jimmy McGill perfectly and even when he's Slippin' Jimmy you can't help but root for his confidence man antics. Each episode in succession is cleaver, and tightly crafted. Beautiful shots of Arizona and intriguing angles and movements keep the viewers glued to the screen. The soundtrack always seems to be appropriate and distinguished. The quality of this show is fantastic, and I look forward to see more characters from BB make appearances. Full Review »
  3. Aug 7, 2018
    8
    BCS isn't as good as Breaking Bad, it's a different show, with a much slower burn, it's "quirk" overpowers what BB used to fill with "tough",BCS isn't as good as Breaking Bad, it's a different show, with a much slower burn, it's "quirk" overpowers what BB used to fill with "tough", and that's not a terrible thing, but it does leave me wanting. Feathering in the BB crew much too slowly for my liking, Chuck was an interesting character but glad he's gone. Want to see a faster paced season this time around, not sure if we're going to get it. Still beats the heck out of most else that's on TV. Full Review »