‘Breaking Bad’ spin-off ‘Better Call Saul’ earns positive early reviews from US critics

Spin-off centered on Bob Odenkirk's dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman is set to premiere on February 8

Better Call Saul – the Breaking Bad spin-off series centered on Walter White’s dodgy lawyer Saul Goodman – has received mostly positive reviews from US critics who have watched the first three episodes.

The Washington Post calls the spin-off series – which is set in 2002, six years before Bob Odenkirk’s Saul meet Walter – “right in line with the tone and style” of Breaking Bad. Hitfix also praises the spin-off’s opening trio of episodes, saying that “there are nods to the parent show” but Better Call Saul “quickly learns to function as its own thing”.

Indiewire also predicts that Better Call Saul will be able to step out of Breaking Bad‘s shadow, writing that the spin-off becomes “more its own show, its own story” with each episode.

However, Entertainment Weekly offers a rather cooler early review, writing that “the show doesn’t yet know how to entertain as anything but deep-dive fan service” and claiming that “its identity is a work in progress”.

US cable network AMC has recently announced that it will air the first episode of Better Call Saul on February 8 – with episode two to follow 24 hours later on February 9. In the UK, the series will arrive on Netflix in the same month, at an exact date to be confirmed.

Better Call Saul‘s first season will consist of 10 episodes, and AMC has already commissioned a second season comprising 13 episodes. The spin-off series is being steered by Peter Gould, one of Breaking Bad‘s executive producers, and Vince Gilligan, who created the award-winning drugs drama starring Bryan Cranston. Gould and Gilligan confirmed earlier this month (January) that Cranston’s Walter and Aaron Paul’s Jesse will not appear in Season One, but hinted that they could feature in future seasons.