• Network: AMC
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 19, 2015
Season #: 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
89

Universal acclaim - based on 11 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 11 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 0 out of 11

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Feb 18, 2020
    100
    One of many remarkable things about “Saul” is how the writers have defied the common trap of prequels in that we still feel urgency even though we know that nothing too bad can happen to Saul, Mike, Gus, and now Hank because that wouldn’t line up with “Breaking Bad.” ... The truly remarkable accomplishments of “Better Call Saul” that make it arguably the best drama on TV are in the subtlety and nuance of the characters—both in terms of writing and performance.
  2. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Feb 18, 2020
    100
    The best show on TV remains — emphatically — the best.
  3. Reviewed by: Adam Chitwood
    Feb 5, 2020
    100
    In addition to the thematic complexity, the direction and execution of this series is unparalleled by anything on television right now.
  4. Reviewed by: Liz Shannon Miller
    Feb 5, 2020
    95
    Odenkirk, as always, continues to find new things to explore about this character he’s now been playing for 11 years, with a notable addition to his repertoire in these early episodes: We’ve seen this man angry, scared, happy, and heartbroken—but there’s a new potential in him to be legitimately scary, which Odenkirk plays here with a sort of raw quiet that brings with it a new kind of terror.
  5. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Feb 20, 2020
    91
    Yes, “Better Call Saul” is a double-edged sword of reward and loss, but it isn’t too sad to watch because you’re too invested to look away. If you’ve come this far with Jimmy, you have to see his journey through to the end, whether that end is with Saul, Jimmy, or Gene.
  6. Reviewed by: Darren Franich
    Feb 18, 2020
    91
    Twelve years into the lead role, Odenkirk keeps finding new shades of goofy charisma and freaky desperation, and the Saulification of Jimmy is a performance within a performance. ... Season 5 still feels tangential, juggling placeholder subplots with hysterical continuity.
  7. Reviewed by: Kelly Connolly
    Feb 5, 2020
    90
    This is why Better Call Saul is better at being a prequel than other prequels are: It understands that the tragedy of fate is baked into the story.
  8. Reviewed by: Andrew Bloom
    Feb 5, 2020
    83
    There’s the sense of the new season as one long exhale. The fall of Jimmy McGill is all but complete; now all that’s left is the rise of Saul Goodman, and we know more about the latter story than we knew about the former.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Feb 21, 2020
    80
    The best thing about “Better Call Saul” is still its minimalism, its quiet spaces, its willingness to linger on details, like a frazzled prosecutor’s struggle to get a bag of chips out of a courthouse vending machine.
  10. Reviewed by: Kristi Turnquist
    Feb 20, 2020
    80
    After four good, sometimes uneven seasons, "Better Call Saul” returns for Season 5 feeling like it finally knows where it’s going.
  11. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Feb 11, 2020
    70
    The prolonged slip from compromise into amorality makes “Better Call Saul” compelling in the long view. ... It’s hard not to wish, though, that the series, as it enters its endgame, trusted its viewers to understand that we were watching a “Breaking Bad” prequel while keeping the delicacy of this series’s mood intact, and trusted us to remember those with whom Saul will soon be associating without resurrecting them to diminished effect.

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