If you are a fan of popular crime dramas and dark comedies, then chances are that you have already binge-watched AMC’s “Better Call Saul” and maybe even rewatched the whole series another time over! Over its five-season run, “Better Call Saul” has proved to be a series worthy of a large audience’s attention.
What makes “Better Call Saul” a staple of television? Debuting on February 8, 2015, “Better Call Saul”, captured the attention of many, as it was announced to be a prequel to AMC’s critically acclaimed, fan-favorite show “Breaking Bad.” The show, being referred to by some critics as a prequel measuring up to its predecessor, has also received critical acclaim, known for exceptional cinematography, phenomenal character development, and superb acting.
With episodes running just around an hour each, “Better Call Saul” is a show determined to capture and hold onto the attention of its viewers, exploring the constantly evolving question, who is Saul Goodman?
The Appeal Of Saul Goodman
“Better Call Saul” follows lead protagonist Saul Goodman, portrayed by Bob Odenkirk in a prequel series to that of “Breaking Bad,” in which he enters the criminal underworld, more specifically drug trafficking. The show explores his slow transformation into the persona known as Saul Goodman. The audience follows his journey as he lives by his ideals that nice guys finish last and both the positive and negative side effects he faces as a direct result of this mindset.
It is apparent from early on in the shows running that our lead protagonist and anti-hero Saul Goodman is not heading to a very pleasant end, however, the show seems more concerned with developing why this is. In many ways, the show highlights exactly why our protagonist deserves less than the usual amount of empathy, a clever creative choice for the protagonist of a show which tends to lend itself to a quite unique tone and point of view for audiences.
Adding to the character’s appeal, Saul Goodman does not accept this title willingly until the near end of season 4! His true identity of Jimmy McGill truly steps out of the limelight at this point as we are formally introduced to the new permanent persona of Saul Goodman. From this point on the show opens the floodgates to endless attention-grabbing opportunities that are sure to hook people in for many episodes to come.
“It’s Jimmy’s thorny relationships… that made up the most involving elements of Better Call Saul’s sorrowful, emotionally knotty, fantastic follow-up season,” MTV’s Inkoo Kang expressed when speaking about season two.
Deemed by many as an exceptional and in the eyes of some, one of the best prequel series to date, “Better Call Saul” was a smash hit to many audiences since its initial debut in 2015. Receiving an impressive rating of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes, season one was definitely off to an amazingly well-received first season.
Contrary to many other shows, “Better Call Saul” has only improved these, already impressive ratings as the next two seasons saw the same score on Rotten Tomatoes, followed by 99% for its fourth season and a stunning 100% perfect score, based on 24 reviews, for its fifth season. Audiences were and still are raving about this revolutionary show and its masterful execution of creative, riveting concepts.
“The new season proves Better Call Saul remains one of the finest shows on television” NPR’s Eric Deggans explained, “with visually ambitious storytelling used to depict complex characters headed for a tragic end.”
The show’s astonishingly developed characters create an immersive experience, unlike any other show, with lead Bob Odenkirk giving an indescribable depth to his portrayal of a character who can be described as quite unorthodox at times. The show is known for taking audiences on an emotional rollercoaster as, more often than not, the audience will receive a painful loss for every victory Saul Goodman receives.
As Ben Travers from indieWire perfectly puts it, “All of these consistently astonishing formal touches combine to create a value that outweighs the pain,” later referring to the show as “a double-edged sword of reward and loss.”
Some critics have even expressed their preference of “Better Call Saul” over its predecessor “Breaking Bad!” As stated by Tim Surette of TV Guide Magazine, “It’s time that we really consider that Better Call Saul is equaling the quality of Breaking Bad, and in some ways doing even better”
Better Call Saul Awards And Nominations
- 2015 American Film Institute Awards – Televisions Programs of the Year
- 5th Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Best Actor in a Drama Series
- 5th Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
- 31st TCA Awards – Outstanding New Program
- 68th Writers Guild of America Awards – Episodic Drama
- 20th Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film
- 7th Critics’ Choice Television Awards – Best Actor in a Drama Series
- 2016 American Film Institute Awards – Television Programs of the Year
- 21st Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actress in a Series, Miniseries, or TV Film
- 22nd Satellite Awards – Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries or TV Film
- Peabody Award – Entertainment, children’s and youth honoree
- 44th Saturn Awards – Best Action-Thriller Television Series
- 44th Saturn Awards – Best Supporting Actor on Television
- 44th Saturn Awards – Best Supporting Actress on Television
- 35th TCA Awards – Outstanding Achievement in Drama
- 45th Saturn Awards – Best Action-Thriller Television Series
The amount of recognition this show has received is a direct result of the creators’ abilities to craft a uniquely compelling story and deliver it to audiences in an interesting way. There is not a reasonable doubt in anyone’s mind that this show is clearly beloved by many and there is definitely no question as to how it has received the success it has achieved in its five-season run thus far. “Better Call Saul” has left an impression on American television and is sure to remain as a staple for what amazing, well-delivered storytelling is and always should be.