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

Universal acclaim - based on 18 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 18
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 18
  3. Negative: 0 out of 18

Where To Watch

Stream On
Buy On

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Mark Dawidziak
    Apr 10, 2017
    100
    AMC's best current show? Not even close. By a big stretch, it's the "Breaking Bad" spinoff (and prequel series) Better Call Saul, which launches its third season in grand style. ... It feels like some kind of brilliant first cousin.
  2. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Apr 10, 2017
    100
    Every element of this show remains among the best on TV, but what struck me most about the first two episodes of season three was the deliberate, confident pacing.
  3. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Apr 7, 2017
    100
    Based on the first two episodes, Saul is making a case that it could be even better than “Breaking Bad” (and do brush up on your Bible stories).
  4. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Apr 6, 2017
    100
    Better Call Saul grows more ironic and tragic with each subsequent episode.
  5. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Mar 27, 2017
    91
    From what we’ve seen the show’s commitment to smart, engaged, and challenging storytelling has yet to falter. There are sequences that will make you ask questions. There are sequences that will offer very little explanation. But in pushing to understand, the experience becomes all the more richer.
  6. Reviewed by: Charles Steinberg
    Apr 14, 2017
    90
    The beauty is in the discovery of how much terrain there can be for setting up the chess pieces for the world of Breaking Bad. Co-creators Gilligan and Peter Gould make sure to walk you through it at a slow pace, so you can admire the cacti.
  7. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Apr 11, 2017
    90
    Regardless of where we are in this strange voyage, it’s obvious that Gilligan and Gould are accelerating Jimmy toward his grimmer future. The third season opens with a heavier atmosphere leaning more into the drama of the tale, so much that one may forget that it was originally conceived as a half-hour sitcom.
  8. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Apr 7, 2017
    90
    The larger point is that, with all this character growth continuing, the already superb Better Call Saul is in a position to take its biggest creative leap yet. It's not a surprise that we will eventually get to Jimmy McGill becoming Saul Goodman, but it's certainly surprising just how heartbreaking that transformation has become.
  9. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Apr 6, 2017
    90
    This isn’t a story taking place in a parallel timeline to Breaking Bad, but one traveling down the same terrible track. And, like Saul Goodman’s most important client once said, nothing stops this train. All we can do is travel along it with these superb actors and the gifted writers, directors, and editors who keep the train moving, trusting that we’ll be wildly entertained even as it takes us someplace we keep hoping it won’t.
  10. Reviewed by: Stephen Puddicombe
    Mar 27, 2017
    90
    The dots that link the events of Better Call Saul to Breaking Bad are slowly but surely being joined, and we can rest assured after another excellent start to the season that the journey will provide plenty to be excited about.
  11. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Apr 10, 2017
    80
    Wicked and shrewd, Better Call Saul has the suspense of a thriller and the emotion of a family saga.
  12. Reviewed by: Spencer Kornhaber
    Apr 10, 2017
    80
    Although Fring’s first arrival is, unshockingly, a muted one, the sight of Giancarlo Esposito as a fast-food manager may nevertheless dislodge a few tense memories in the Breaking Bad fan’s brain. Remember the careful way he assembled his fish stew? Remember the precise manner he used to cut an underling’s throat? What a fitting addition to the Saul story: a devil who works in details.
  13. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Apr 10, 2017
    80
    It’s definitely a slow-burn start to season three, but aspects of episode two suggest viewer patience will be rewarded--eventually.
  14. Reviewed by: Allison Keene
    Apr 4, 2017
    80
    Season 2’s balance of these elements was nearly perfect, but when the story shifts back to Jimmy in Season 3 the energy change is palpable. Odenkirk again lights up every scene, imbuing Jimmy with not only excessive charisma but a large degree of pathos.
  15. Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Apr 10, 2017
    75
    Complications, and they are many, ensue.
  16. Reviewed by: Erik Adams
    Apr 10, 2017
    75
    This prequel is worth watching because it asks more of itself. And the amount of jailhouse imagery in the season three advertising campaign, coupled with the trajectory of the two episodes screened for critics, suggests that Jimmy’s and Mike’s paths will continue diverging. But there is this force that we know unites them in the future.
  17. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Apr 10, 2017
    70
    The two Season 3 episodes made available to critics feature both familiar strengths and weaknesses of the series so far.
  18. Reviewed by: Rob Lowman
    Apr 10, 2017
    70
    Odenkirk is flat-out terrific at times, but the show hasn’t kicked into gear for me. On “Bad,” Bryan Cranston’s Walter White was in a desperate situation that unleashed his inner monster and diabolical genius. Meanwhile, the occasionally dense Saul is meandering toward his sugar-rush exile in Omaha.
User Score
9.2

Universal acclaim- based on 300 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 8 out of 300
  1. Apr 11, 2017
    10
    'Better Call Saul' continues to dig deeper into its characters and close in on Breaking Bad at an excellent pace. We can see Gilligan's love'Better Call Saul' continues to dig deeper into its characters and close in on Breaking Bad at an excellent pace. We can see Gilligan's love for this story all the way through the first episode. Full Review »
  2. Apr 20, 2017
    10
    The show keeps getting better and better. If you're a fan of BB, then just do yourself a favor and watch Better Call Saul. All round anThe show keeps getting better and better. If you're a fan of BB, then just do yourself a favor and watch Better Call Saul. All round an amazing spin-off! Full Review »
  3. Apr 20, 2017
    9
    Impressive beginning of the season 3, the next episodes are very promising and this could be the best season of the show so far. Can't wait toImpressive beginning of the season 3, the next episodes are very promising and this could be the best season of the show so far. Can't wait to see more characters from Breaking Bad and how both series are deeply connected. Full Review »