With 39 nominations and not a single win to its name yet, Better Call Saul may end its wait at this year’s Emmys.
When debating about the best television shows of all time, there is one name that always comes to mind. Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan’s masterful storytelling in Breaking Bad made it a series to remember through the years. Their unmissable craft, combined with the stellar cast of the series earned them recognition from across the globe. But their spin-off, Better Call Saul, didn’t meet the same fate.
- Better Call Saul is one of the best prequel shows to have ever been made
- It is powerful and well-written, and the cast is one of the best on television
- An Emmy win is overdue for Better Call Saul
Better Call Saul premiered two years after Breaking Bad completed its six-season run, in February 2015. Back then, there was a lot of uncertainty as to whether the series really required its own spin-off. Better Call Saul had to be far more superior to Breaking Bad and couldn’t afford to tarnish its legacy. It definitely didn’t, and instead, added to it. Better Call Saul did better.
The series presently has 39 Emmy nominations, including the seven it received this year, but still no Emmy. And with just one more season left to mark the end of Better Call Saul, time is running out. There’s still two Emmy evenings left, so maybe this is the year where they’ll finally get the recognition they deserve.
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Better Call Saul is one of the best prequel shows to have ever been made
Better Call Saul is actually a prequel, set six years before the events of Breaking Bad. The Breaking Bad prequel is set in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and follows the journey of an ex-con Jimmy McGill. The series sees his development and transformation from a con artist to the respectable criminal lawyer Saul Goodman.
Better Call Saul’s cast is undoubtedly amazing. Bob Odenkirk flawlessly plays McGill, along with Jonathan Banks as police officer Mike Ehrmantraut. Other cast members include Rhea Seehorn (Kim), Patrick Fabian (Howard), Michael Mando (Nacho) and others. Gus and Mike are characters from Breaking Bad and their appearance has added so many layers to Better Call Saul!
The show employs flash-forward scenes in each season that follow the events of its parent show. In the future, Saul is a fugitive in hiding known as Gene Takavic, working at a Cinnabon store in Omaha. The prequel series has aired five well-received seasons, and its final sixth season is expected to merge into Breaking Bad.
The show has received critical acclaim with some fans even deeming it better than Breaking Bad. And it’s no exaggeration. Better Call Saul is a truly original prequel that deserves recognition at the biggest awards night of the year.
It is powerful and well-written, and the cast is one of the best on television.
Better Call Saul has been airing since 2015, and has introduced us to some of the best characters on television. Bob Odenkirk’s steady, faultless performance along with intriguing characters like Gus and Nacho made the show gripping to watch.
We’re already familiar with the magic that ensues when Peter Gould and Vince Gilligan work on a series together. You just expect it to be perfect and nothing less, and this one is exactly that. Better Call Saul is a tightly scripted series and has everything you’d want to see in a crime tragedy show. There are fast-paced chase scenes, violence; but not the kind that is completely overbearing, and a superbly twisted sense of humour.
McGill’s transition into Goodman is one of the most compelling character developments we’ve seen in recent times. Maybe even since we saw Walter White transform into the meth kingpin Heisenberg. Better Call Saul is unconditionally faithful to Breaking Bad and its legacy, and it’s about time it wins those Emmys.
An Emmy win is overdue for Better Call Saul
The show has been on air since 2015 but is snubbed at every Emmy awards ceremony each year. The first four seasons have a staggering 32 nominations, including nods for acting, writing, direction, editing and music supervision. It has been nominated for the most coveted award at the Emmys, Outstanding Drama Series, four times in a row!
And even after 32 nominations, it has failed to take home a single Emmy. It’s mind-boggling how a series so critically acclaimed and well-received is being snubbed at the Emmys every year. And competition isn’t any easier this year. With popular series like The Crown, Killing Eve, Stranger Things competing, we don’t know if Better Call Saul has a chance.
The series has been consistently good and its rather large number of nominations might incline towards them winning big this year. Better Call Saul will end with season 6, which means there is just one more season left to be nominated. Time is seriously running out, so we only hope that Better Call Saul can win its overdue Emmys this year.
Which award do you think Better Call Saul deserves to win? Let us know in the comments.