Better Call Saul (season 1)

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Better Call Saul
Season 1
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Country of originUnited States
No. of episodes10
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Original network AMC
Original releaseFebruary 8 (2015-02-08) 
April 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)
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The first season of the American television drama series Better Call Saul premiered on February 8, 2015, and concluded on April 6, 2015. The ten-episode season was broadcast on Monday nights in the United States on AMC, excluding the pilot episode which aired on a Sunday. A spin-off of Breaking Bad , Better Call Saul was created by Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, both of whom also worked on Breaking Bad.

Contents

The season takes place in 2002, six years prior to the events in Breaking Bad, and features Bob Odenkirk reprising his role as James Morgan "Jimmy" McGill, known in Breaking Bad as Saul Goodman. Jimmy is a struggling lawyer looking after his successful brother Chuck. Jonathan Banks also reprises his role as Mike Ehrmantraut, a parking lot attendant who is also a criminal.

The series premiere, "Uno" became the biggest in cable history, drawing in 4.4 million and 4 million in the 18–49 and 25–54 demographics, respectively, and received an overall viewership of 6.88 million. [1] The first season of Better Call Saul received critical acclaim, with many considering it to be a worthy successor to Breaking Bad, and six nominations for the 67th Primetime Emmy Awards, including Outstanding Drama Series.

Cast and characters

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Production

Development

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Better Call Saul was co-created by Vince Gilligan (left) and Peter Gould (right). Gilligan was the creator of Breaking Bad and Gould wrote the episode that first introduced Saul Goodman.

Better Call Saul is a spin-off of Breaking Bad , a crime drama television series created and produced by Vince Gilligan that aired on AMC from 2008 to 2013, consisting of five seasons. Gilligan and Peter Gould began planning a spin-off of Breaking Bad as early as 2009. While filming the Breaking Bad episode "Full Measure", Gilligan asked Bob Odenkirk, the actor of Saul Goodman, what he thought of a spinoff of the show. [2] In July 2012, Gilligan hinted at a possible Goodman spinoff, [3] stating that he liked "the idea of a lawyer show in which the main lawyer will do anything it takes to stay out of a court of law", including settling on the courthouse steps. [4] During his appearance on Talking Bad, Odenkirk noted that Saul was one of the most popular characters on the show, speculating that the audience likes the character because he is "the program's least hypocritical figure", and "is good at his job". [5]

By July 2013, the series had yet to be greenlit. [6] Netflix was one of many interested distributors, but ultimately a deal was made between AMC and Breaking Bad production company Sony Pictures Television. [7] Gilligan and Gould serve as co-showrunners and Gilligan directed the pilot episode. [8] Former Breaking Bad writers Thomas Schnauz and Gennifer Hutchison joined the writing staff, with Schnauz serving as co-executive producer and Hutchison as supervising producer. [9] Also on the writing staff are Bradley Paul, and Gordon Smith, who worked on Breaking Bad as a writer's assistant. [10]

Casting

Bob Odenkirk stars as lawyer/con-man Jimmy McGill (originally known as Saul Goodman in Breaking Bad). In January 2014, it was announced that Jonathan Banks would reprise his Breaking Bad role as Mike Ehrmantraut and be a series regular. [11]

Dean Norris, who played Hank Schrader in Breaking Bad, announced that he would not make an appearance, partly due to his involvement in the CBS series Under the Dome . [12] Anna Gunn, who played Skyler White, also mentioned a "talk" with Gilligan over possible guest appearances. [13]

Michael McKean was cast as McGill's elder brother Chuck. [14] [15] McKean had previously worked for Vince Gilligan as the recurring character Morris Fletcher first shown in The X-Files episode "Dreamland", and the two had kept in touch since about potential projects, though during that time, much of McKean's work was in New York City for Broadway theatre while Gilligan was in Los Angeles for television and could not work anything out. When Gilligan had contacted McKean about acting in Better Call Saul, McKean accepted the role just knowing the bare minimum on Chuck's electromagnetic sensitivity, having been both a fan of Breaking Bad and trusting Gilligan. [16] When filming of Better Call Saul started in 2014, McKean had to initially split his time between that and performing in All the Way , a Broadway play that coincidentally also starred Bryan Cranston, who had played Walter White from Breaking Bad. [16] When McKean's casting had been announced in April 2014, he had been deliberately misnamed to play a character called "Dr. Thurber", which McKean says was based on humorist James Thurber. [17] Chuck's real name – Charles Lindbergh McGill – was inspired by the aviator Charles Lindbergh. [18]

In May 2014, Patrick Fabian was cast in Better Call Saul, with E! Online describing his character as a "Kennedy-esque lawyer who's winning at life". [19] Though initially reported as Burt, [20] the character's name was later revealed as Howard Hamlin. Rhea Seehorn auditioned and got the role of Kim Wexler in April 2014, about two months before the pilot was shot. [21] According to casting director Sharon Bialy, they had used two fake scenes to keep the high-profile project a secret, and when Seehorn auditioned and impressed them with both scenes, only then did they go to the next step and explain the audition's true purpose. Seehorn was able to adapt to this change to the role of Kim in a single take. [22] Michael Mando was initially cast as Eddie, described by E! Online as a "smart and calculating criminal". [20] Mando said that he had been approached through his agent from Better Call Saul's casting directors about being in the show. After sending in an audition tape, he was flown to Los Angeles to meet with showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould and perform a screen test. For Mando, he said it was "love at first sight" in working with the pair in how well they provided direction and feedback and was notified about getting the part a few weeks later. [23] The character was first mentioned in the Breaking Bad episode "Better Call Saul". [24] [25]

In October 2014, Kerry Condon was cast [26] as Stacey Ehrmantraut, Mike's widowed daughter-in-law. In November 2014, it was announced that Julie Ann Emery and Jeremy Shamos had been cast as Betsy and Craig Kettleman, described as "the world's squarest outlaws." [27]

Filming

Like its predecessor, Better Call Saul is set and filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. [28] As filming began on June 2, 2014, [29] Gilligan told The Hollywood Reporter that he was skeptical about the show's success, revealing production was almost two weeks behind schedule for the first season. [30] [31]

In the first scene from the pilot episode, Saul (now hiding his real identity under the Gene Takavic alias), is working at a Nebraska Cinnabon. This scene in the premiere is set in Omaha, but it was filmed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the Cottonwood Mall. [32]

In December 2020, Odenkirk said that filming the first season had a negative impact on his health as he had to be in almost every scene, with little time to memorize his lines and even less to remember them, which proved overwhelming for him. [33]

Episodes

Better Call Saul season 1 episodes
No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
(millions)
11"Uno" Vince Gilligan Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould February 8, 2015 (2015-02-08)6.88 [34]
Following the events of Breaking Bad , Saul Goodman lives as "Gene Takavic," manager of a Cinnabon in Omaha, Nebraska. After work, he watches a VHS tape of a 2005 Saul Goodman TV ad. In 2002, Jimmy McGill (Saul's birth name) is a struggling public defender in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He attempts to convince Craig and Betsy Kettleman, who are accused of embezzlement, to retain him. Jimmy cares for his brother Chuck, who is semi-reclusive and believes he has electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Jimmy also confronts Howard Hamlin of Hamlin, Hamlin & McGill (HHM) when Howard attempts to buy Chuck out with a token payment, demanding that HHM pay Chuck for his partnership's full value. The Kettlemans hire HHM, so Jimmy orchestrates a phony vehicle-pedestrian accident for Betsy, in hopes of getting another opportunity to win her over. Jimmy's accomplices, twins Lars and Cal, accidentally target the wrong car, which is driven by an elderly woman. Lars and Cal try to convince her to pay and follow her into her house. Jimmy arrives soon after and is pulled into the house at gunpoint by psychopathic drug lord Tuco Salamanca.
22"Mijo" Michelle MacLaren Peter GouldFebruary 9, 2015 (2015-02-09)3.42 [35]
Jimmy learns that the elderly woman was Tuco's abuelita (grandmother) and he kidnapped Cal and Lars for insulting her. Jimmy attempts to explain that the twins made a mistake. When Tuco allows Jimmy to see them, Lars immediately implicates Jimmy. Tuco, Nacho, and No Doze take Jimmy and the twins to a remote desert site. Jimmy persuades Tuco that he is a lawyer and Nacho convinces Tuco that killing a lawyer would bring unwanted attention. When Tuco moves to kill Cal and Lars, Jimmy persuades him to show mercy by breaking one leg each. Jimmy then rushes Cal and Lars to the hospital. A few days later, Nacho tells Jimmy he wants to steal the $1.6 million the Kettlemans embezzled, for which he will pay Jimmy a finder's fee. Jimmy declines, telling Nacho he is not a criminal. Nacho leaves his phone number, advising Jimmy to call when he realizes that he is "in the game".
33"Nacho" Terry McDonough Thomas Schnauz February 16, 2015 (2015-02-16)3.23 [36]
In a flashback, Jimmy is jailed in Cicero, Illinois, facing multiple charges and sex offender status for a scatological "Chicago Sunroof" revenge prank. Chuck agrees to defend Jimmy if Jimmy agrees to cease running cons and move to Albuquerque to work a legitimate job. In 2002, Jimmy still hopes to represent the Kettlemans and notices Nacho conducting surveillance of their home from his van. Disguising his voice, Jimmy calls from a pay phone to warn them of the impending theft. The next day, the police inform Jimmy that the Kettlemans have been kidnapped. A neighbor reports seeing Nacho's van, so he is arrested. Nacho accuses Jimmy of setting him up and threatens to kill him unless he proves Nacho's innocence. Jimmy comes to believe that the Kettlemans staged their own kidnapping. Based on Mike's advice, Jimmy searches near their home and finds them hiding in the nearby hills along with the embezzled $1.6 million.
44"Hero" Colin Bucksey Gennifer Hutchison February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23)2.87 [37]
In a flashback to Cicero, Jimmy and his partner in crime, Marco, use a fake Rolex watch to con a bar patron. In 2002, the Kettlemans agree to return home and pay Jimmy $30,000 to ignore their stolen funds. Jimmy gets an embittered Nacho released from jail. He then uses his ill-gotten gains to compete with HHM by creating a billboard that mimics HHM's logo and Howard's signature look. This results in a cease and desist order and Jimmy is required to remove the advertisement. He tries to generate sympathetic media coverage by faking the rescue of the worker who is removing the billboard. To Howard's disgust, Jimmy's scam generates positive local news coverage and new clients. Jimmy unsuccessfully attempts to conceal his deceit from Chuck.
55"Alpine Shepherd Boy" Nicole Kassell Bradley Paul March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02)2.71 [38]
Chuck's neighbor reports him for taking her newspaper. Mistakenly believing his empty propane cans and damaged electrical lines indicate illegal drug production, the police break down Chuck's door, taser him, then arrest him. Chuck is hospitalized, and the doctor, believing that his "disease" is psychosomatic, wants to have him committed, but Jimmy declines. Jimmy's newfound fame attracts less than promising clients, including one who wants to secede from the United States. He meets an elderly woman who wants him to prepare a will. Her bequests consist almost entirely of leaving her Hummel figurines to various friends and family members, but she pays in cash. Jimmy's rapport with her leads his colleague Kim Wexler to suggest that he specialize in elder law. Jimmy begins promoting himself at a nursing home, including clothing patterned after the titular character of the TV series Matlock . Mike is visited at home by several Philadelphia police officers.
66"Five-O" Adam Bernstein Gordon Smith March 9, 2015 (2015-03-09)2.57 [39]
In a flashback to before 2002, Mike arrives in Albuquerque and visits Dr. Caldera to have his wounded shoulder treated. In 2002, Mike is at the police station, requests Jimmy as counsel, and asks him to spill coffee as a diversion so Mike can steal a detective's notebook. Mike learns that his daughter-in-law, Stacey, called the police after she found money Mike's son, Matt, hid in a suitcase. Mike tells Stacey that Matt was a clean cop in a precinct of corruption that included Mike. Matt refused to participate and Mike counseled him to do it for his own safety, but Matt's partner and another cop killed him in fear that he might turn them in. In another flashback, Mike breaks into a police car outside a bar, then drinks heavily inside and tells two cops he knows what they did. When he leaves, the cops give him a ride and take his gun. They ask Mike what he meant earlier and he says he knows they killed Matt. One shoots at Mike with Mike's gun, which he had purposefully left unloaded. He pulls out a second gun, which he previously hid in the car. He kills both cops but is wounded in the process.
77"Bingo" Larysa Kondracki Gennifer HutchisonMarch 16, 2015 (2015-03-16)2.67 [40]
Jimmy and Mike return the detective's notebook, telling the owner they found it in the parking lot. The two Philadelphia detectives are unsatisfied with the explanation, but one privately tells Mike he has nothing to fear from their investigation. Jimmy finds Chuck standing outside his home, claiming to be building up a tolerance to electromagnetic waves. He stores legal documents at Chuck's house in a plan to get Chuck interested in cases so he will regain his interest in practicing law. Jimmy asks Kim to join him in a law partnership, but she cites her loyalty to HHM as her reason for declining. The Kettlemans fire HHM and hire Jimmy after Kim tries to get them to accept a plea bargain that includes jail time for Craig. Jimmy also tries to get them to accept, but Betsy blackmails Jimmy by pointing out that the "retainer" the Kettlemans paid him could be considered a bribe. Jimmy discovers that Kim has been demoted to the document review office because she lost the Kettleman account. Mike and Jimmy steal the embezzled money from the Kettlemans and give it to prosecutors, compelling Craig to take a plea bargain so only he goes to jail.
88"RICO"Colin BuckseyGordon SmithMarch 23, 2015 (2015-03-23)2.87 [41]
In a flashback to before 2002, Jimmy is working in the HHM mailroom and asks Kim to open his bar exam results; he passed, and she kisses him passionately. Jimmy shows Chuck his results and explains that he studied law at the University of American Samoa via distance learning. Chuck tells Jimmy he is proud of him and there is a party in the mailroom to celebrate, but Howard tells Jimmy that HHM will not hire him as an attorney. In 2002, Jimmy continues to work in elder law. While assisting a resident of the Sandpiper Crossing home with her will, Jimmy discovers that the company overcharges residents for expenses. After speaking to several other residents, Jimmy suspects elder abuse and presents a hastily written demand letter warning Sandpiper against destroying evidence. He is escorted from the facility but can hear the staff shredding documents, so he searches the dumpster and finds the shreds. Jimmy and Chuck put the pieces together and recover an incriminating document. Realizing the potential of the case as a class action lawsuit, Chuck agrees to aid Jimmy. In the excitement, Chuck goes to Jimmy's car for more documents and is shocked to realize he went outside without suffering any electromagnetic hypersensitivity symptoms.
99"Pimento"Thomas SchnauzThomas SchnauzMarch 30, 2015 (2015-03-30)2.38 [42]
Sandpiper Crossing buries Jimmy and Chuck in paperwork, and Chuck convinces Jimmy the case is too big for them, so they bring it to HHM. Howard is eager to take it but makes clear Jimmy will not continue to participate, offering instead a small of counsel fee and a percentage of the settlement or judgment. Jimmy refuses but later discovers Chuck braved his electromagnetic hypersensitivity symptoms to make a pre-meeting phone call to Howard, in which he asked Howard to prevent Jimmy's participation. Chuck admits he has never regarded Jimmy as a peer, owing to his conman's past and unconventional legal training, also admitting it was he who insisted HHM not hire Jimmy back when he passed the bar exam. Jimmy stops taking care of Chuck and allows HHM to take the case. Mike takes a job as a bodyguard for pharmaceutical employee Daniel Wormald, who sells Nacho stolen pills. Despite Wormald's inexperience and nervousness, Mike ensures the deal goes well, explaining to Wormald that he had investigated Nacho and learned he was conducting the transaction without the knowledge of his bosses, and thus had an incentive to ensure things went smoothly.
1010"Marco"Peter GouldPeter GouldApril 6, 2015 (2015-04-06)2.53 [43]
In a flashback to before 2002, Jimmy says goodbye to Marco in Cicero, explaining that as part of Chuck's work to get him out of jail, he has agreed to take a legitimate job in Albuquerque. In 2002, Jimmy has a breakdown while calling bingo at the senior center and returns to Cicero, where he reminisces with Marco. Jimmy's agreement to do a con with Marco leads to a week of scams, which ends after Marco dies. Kim calls Jimmy to say the Sandpiper case is so big that HHM intends to work with Davis & Main of Santa Fe. D&M's partners know Jimmy has a good rapport with the elderly clients, so they want to hire him. Jimmy returns to Albuquerque to meet with them but hesitates and then drives out of the courthouse parking lot. He stops to ask Mike why they did not keep the Kettleman money. Mike recalls that Jimmy wanted to do the "right thing", and Mike merely did the job for which Jimmy hired him. Jimmy assures Mike that he will not make that mistake again and drives off.

International broadcasting

In December 2013, Netflix announced that the entire first season would be available for streaming in the United States and Canada after the airing of the first-season finale, and in Latin America and Europe each episode will be available a few days after the episode airs in the U.S. [44] In Australia, Better Call Saul premiered on the streaming service Stan [45] on February 9, 2015, acting as the service's flagship program. [46] In the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland, the series was acquired by Netflix on December 16, 2013 [47] and the first episode premiered on February 9, 2015, with the second episode scheduled for release the following day. Every subsequent episode was uploaded each week thereafter. [48]

Reception

Critical response

Better Call Saul (season 1): Critical reception by episode

Season 1 (2015): Percentage of positive critics' reviews tracked by the website Rotten Tomatoes [49]

Better Call Saul exceeded critics expectations, [50] [51] earning critical acclaim, with many critics calling it a worthy successor to Breaking Bad. [52] [53] [54] [55] [56] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season has a rating of 97%, based on 291 reviews, with an average rating of 8.10/10. The site's critical consensus reads, "Better Call Saul is a quirky, dark character study that manages to stand on its own without being overshadowed by the series that spawned it." [49] On the review aggregator website Metacritic, the first season has a score of 78 out of 100, based on 43 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews". [57]

In his review of the two-episode premiere, Hank Stuever of The Washington Post graded it a "B+" and wrote the series "is right in line with the tone and style of the original, now-classic series", and that it "raises more questions in two hours than it will readily answer". [58] Stephen Marche of Esquire wrote that the first few episodes were better than those of Breaking Bad. [59] Kirsten Acuna of Business Insider declared the initial episodes "everything you could possibly want from a spinoff television series". [60] Alessandra Stanley of The New York Times wrote, "Better Call Saul is better than good: It's delightful – in a brutal, darkly comic way, of course." [61] Vulture writer Eric Konigsberg noted the show was special as it was "the first spinoff of this golden age of premium cable." [62] Brian Tallerico of RogerEbert.com gave the first season a positive review, saying, "Better Call Saul is not only a great show in the context of the program that birthed it into existence, but would be a great show with or without Walter White." [63]

The episode "Five-O" received near universal acclaim, with unanimous praise for Jonathan Banks' performance, with some critics considering it award-worthy. Roth Cornet of IGN gave it a score of 9.7 out of 10, praising the performance of Banks, the episode's pacing and interwoven storylines, as well as the final scene of the episode. She concluded, "Better Call Saul continues to deliver some of the best of what television has to offer as both those familiar with Breaking Bad and new viewers alike were given a shattering look at Mike's tragic past." [64] Tim Surette of TV.com also highly praised the performance of Banks, and wrote that it was worthy of an Emmy, calling it "one of the best episodes to date of 2015's best new show to date". [65] The episode received three Primetime Emmy Award nominations. Banks was nominated for the Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Gordon Smith was nominated for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, and Kelley Dixon was nominated for Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series. [66] When Peter Dinklage won for Outstanding Supporting Actor, he praised the other nominees, and singled out Banks by name. [67]

Ratings

The series premiere, "Uno" became the biggest in cable history, drawing in 4.4 million and 4 million in the 18–49 and 25–54 demographics, respectively, and received an overall viewership of 6.88 million. [1]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Better Call Saul
No.TitleAir date Rating
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1"Uno"February 8, 20153.46.88 [34]
2"Mijo"February 9, 20151.63.42 [35]
3"Nacho"February 16, 20151.63.23 [36]
4"Hero"February 23, 20151.42.87 [37]
5"Alpine Shepherd Boy"March 2, 20151.22.71 [38] 1.42.802.65.51 [68] a
6"Five-O"March 9, 20151.32.57 [39]
7"Bingo"March 16, 20151.32.67 [40]
8"RICO"March 23, 20151.32.87 [41] 1.62.972.95.84 [69]
9"Pimento"March 30, 20151.12.38 [42]
10"Marco"April 6, 20151.22.53 [43] 1.63.232.85.76 [70]

^a Live +7 ratings were not available, so Live +3 ratings have been used instead.

Accolades

Accolades received by Better Call Saul, season 1
CeremonyCategoryRecipientsResult
2015 American Film Institute Awards [71] Television Programs of the YearBetter Call SaulWon
5th Critics' Choice Television Awards [72] Best Actor in a Drama Series Bob Odenkirk Won
Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan Banks Won
31st TCA Awards [73] Outstanding New Program Better Call SaulWon
Individual Achievement in Drama Bob OdenkirkNominated
67th Primetime Emmy Awards [74] Outstanding Drama Series Better Call SaulNominated
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series Bob OdenkirkNominated
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series Jonathan BanksNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series Gordon Smith ("Five-O")Nominated
67th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards [74] Outstanding Single-Camera Picture Editing for a Drama Series Kelley Dixon ("Five-O")Nominated
Kelley Dixon and Chris McCaleb ("Marco")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy or Drama Series Phillip W. Palmer, Larry Benjamin, Kevin Valentine ("Marco")Nominated
20th Satellite Awards [75] Best Drama Series Better Call SaulWon
Best Actor in a Drama Series Bob OdenkirkNominated
Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film Jonathan BanksNominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film Rhea Seehorn Won
68th Writers Guild of America Awards [76] Drama Series Better Call SaulNominated
New Series Better Call SaulNominated
Episodic Drama Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould ("Uno")Won
22nd Screen Actors Guild Awards [77] Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series Bob OdenkirkNominated
73rd Golden Globe Awards [78] Best Actor – Television Series Drama Bob OdenkirkNominated

Home media

The first season was released on Blu-ray and DVD in Region 1 on November 10, 2015. The set contains all 10 episodes, plus audio commentaries for every episode, uncensored episodes, deleted scenes, gag reel, and several behind-the-scenes featurettes. A limited edition Blu-ray set was also released with 3D packaging and a postcard vinyl of the Better Call Saul theme song by Junior Brown. [79]

Better Call Saul: Client Development

AMC released a digital comic book for Better Call Saul titled Better Call Saul: Client Development in February 2015, in advance of the series premiere, which details the history of Saul and Mike, acting as a spin-off of the Breaking Bad episode "Better Call Saul" that introduced Saul. [80] This would later be retconned by the Better Call Saul episode "Breaking Bad". [81]

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