Bob Odenkirk brings his entourage and Jonathan Banks impression to Conan

On a day when a real-life shady lawyer appears to be headed for his own personal Cinnabon franchise after possibly flipping on his powerful criminal associate, it’s nice to reflect on everyone’s favorite morally suspect attorney, Saul Goodman. Or Jimmy McGill. Or Gene Takavic. Look, when you’re laundering drug money…

Slippin’ Jimmy is back as Better Call Saul hurtles toward rock bottom

A-

Uncle Bryn, on the BBC comedy Gavin & Stacey, once described a colorful acquaintance with the memorable sentence: “He died whilst faking his own death.” As Jimmy lay on the floor in the Wexler-McGill offices, amusing himself with an extorted guitar, I thought about that line. Our hero went full Slippin’ Jimmy tonight,…

Families fracture as Better Call Saul debuts its title character

B

Last week’s episode was such a climactic moment for the series, so intense and elegantly delivered, that a return to Better Call Saul’s normal high quality is bound to seem like a bit of a letdown. But let’s pause for a second to appreciate how “Chicanery” delivered on the promise of this show. Remember when we all…

Alliances form as Better Call Saul heads for a two-front war

B+

If characters on TV were good at walking away from investments of time and energy—from jobs, marriages, quixotic quests, vendettas—we’d have a lot less great drama. The title of this episode refers directly to one of Kim’s lines as she promises to stand by Jimmy, but it applies to the thought processes of Chuck,…

Tapes, trackers, and approaching storms on Better Call Saul’s season premiere

A-

I love procedurals. Police procedurals, sure—Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct books are my favorites. But really any kind of stepwise, methodical portrayal of how something gets done. How It’s Made. Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie. Journalistic “tick-tocks.” Rube Goldberg comics. Song Exploder. This video about Wilson…

AMC’s Better Call Saul stays the course in its confident second season

A-

Television spinoffs are born holding an awkward pose, caught between embracing nostalgia and declaring independence. The stakes were even higher for AMC’s Better Call Saul, which carried with it the blessing and the curse of spiritually succeeding Breaking Bad, among the most ballyhooed television dramas of the past…

Let’s remember all of 2015’s “12th questions”

For the past year or so, The A.V. Club has used its 11 Questions feature to ask celebrities about their first jobs and worst living situations. Part of that feature—the 12th question—also asked the interviewee to come up with a question for the next interview subject without generally knowing who they were. Those 12th…

Here’s a Jonathan Banks-y sneak peek at MythBusters’ new Breaking Bad episode

Even if the pair’s definition of the word “myth” has drifted a bit over the course of a dozen years on the air, MythBusters’ Jamie Hyneman and Adam Savage haven’t lost their sense of spectacle. Although the Discovery Channel show now centers less on urban legends or rumors, and more on replicating things that happened…

Lifetime’s The Lizzie Borden Chronicles isn’t as trashy as it should be

C+

The 2014 Lifetime Original Movie Lizzie Borden Took An Ax was just good enough to suggest how it could’ve been a whole lot better. The film retells the story of one of the most infamous murders of the 19th century: the brutal hatcheting of a respected Massachusetts couple, allegedly perpetrated by their middle-aged…

Bob Odenkirk on Better Call Saul’s “Mr. Spock chess” and a Mr. Show reunion that isn’t a Mr. Show reunion

When Wired magazine profiled Bob Odenkirk in 2013, the headline proclaimed “The Internet owes its sense of humor to this man.” During his three decades in show business, Odenkirk has conceived a legendary Saturday Night Live character (Matt Foley, motivational speaker), co-created an influential sketch-comedy series (…

Jonathan Banks, Veronica Mars’ Jessy Schram join Lifetime’s Lizzie Borden series

Lifetime just majorly upped its star power—at least in The A.V. Club terms–as Deadline reports that Jonathan Banks, of our beloved Breaking Bad and Community, has joined the cast of Lifetime’s limited series Lizzie Borden Took An Ax. As we previously reported, the series will start Christina Ricci as Lizzie Borden and…

Better Call Saul begins before Saul is even Saul, as seen in these new photos

AMC presented Better Call Saul to the Television Critics Association this afternoon—but before the TV press could ask Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould about their Breaking Bad prequel, it helped that anyone knew anything about the show, beyond its status as a Breaking Bad prequel. Ask and ye shall receive: Via press…

Advertisement