Jimmy and Kim keep secrets while Mike and Gus put their cards on the table, as Better Call Saul kicks into gear

One of my favorite things about the way Bob Odenkirk plays Jimmy McGill (and the way the writers write the character, and the way the directors direct Odenkirk, and the way the editors cut his scenes) is that at important moments there is a pause, and we get to see what’s going on inside Jimmy. Generally when this…

Better Call Saul gives its characters time to react to last season's chaotic end

Like many fans, I paper over the slow stretches in TV’s scheduling cycle with binges. The adults in my house have kids and jobs, so those binges aren’t stay-up-all-night marathons—just two or three episodes whenever our night isn’t taken up by sports or movies, getting through a season in a few weeks, and then wishing…

Better Call Saul hits new heights by finding the chemistry in grief

Charles “Chuck” L. McGill, Jr., Esq. is dead. There’s no use in eulogizing him here, not when Better Call Saul devotes most of its fourth-season premiere to that act, while also rattling off a touching newspaper obituary. But some acknowledgment is in order: This is a loss for the characters, and it’s a loss for the…

Bob Odenkirk celebrates Better Call Saul's fifth-season renewal by showing the TCA press corps his butt

Given that it remains the most consistently and critically beloved series on the network’s roster, it’s not entirely shocking to learn that Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul has now been granted a fifth-season renewal order, roughly a week before its fourth was set to premiere. Not only does the series…

Better Call Saul casts another piece of Jimmy's Breaking Bad future

Although it’s rightly focused on the ever-tarnishing soul of “hero” Jimmy McGill—and his fractious relationships with the people around him in his “present” day—Better Call Saul has never been shy about hinting at his future, too. There’s all the flash-forwards to Gene the Cinnabon manager, obviously, but we’ve also…

Vince Gilligan "desperately wants" Walt and Jesse to show up on Better Call Saul

There are a lot of questions hanging over Better Call Saul—if we’re being honest, it’s the kind of show where “questions hanging” is a big part of the appeal—but one of the most lingering has been that of when it’ll finally, fully collide with its parent series, Breaking Bad, and its meth-cooking “heroes,” Jesse…

Vince Gilligan says Better Call Saul “gets darker this season”

Ten years ago this month, the world met Walter White, the chemistry teacher with a terminal cancer diagnosis whose meteoric rise in the drug trade and precipitous fall from grace were traced in one of the defining TV dramas of its era. It’s Breaking Bad’s 10th anniversary, which also means that creator Vince Gilligan…

The best TV scenes of 2017

Television provides so many units in which to appreciate the medium’s annual output. A series can leap to the forefront on the strengths of a single great season; if it’s running as part of the traditional broadcast calendar, those accolades might have two halves of separate seasons. Try as streaming services and…

“Oh… I haven’t seen it”: 15 deep-cut Halloween costumes from 2017 pop culture

Halloween draws nigh, and with it the annual parade of ghosts and goblins, trolls and Trumps, pumpkins and David S. Pumpkins, and other, equally obvious guises drawn from the well of contemporary pop culture. But you read The A.V. Club (or, at least, you scroll past it on the way to the comments). Your refined tastes…

Are streaming services poised for an Emmy win for Outstanding Drama Series?

The A.V. Club is counting down the days leading up to the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 17, with an examination of this year’s major categories. Each day, TV editor Erik Adams is breaking down a category and giving us his picks for who should win, and who will win. On the final day of our Emmy Round…