The Platinum Age of Television (Part 1)


 

“There is just too much good stuff to watch.”

I hear this statement a lot and it’s true. The magnitude of current television programming choices is staggering. So allow me to do my part and make some recommendations.

 

Better Call Saul

Rhea Seehorn as Kim Wexler, Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill – Better Call Saul _ Season 3, Episode 3 – Photo Credit: Michele K. Short/AMC/Sony Pictures Television

 

If you are looking for just one recommendation, this is it.

Better Call Saul is the best show on tv.*

A spinoff prequel to Breaking Bad, it features the same pedigree and many of the same characters, but it is a completely different animal. Creators and showrunners Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are crafting something special and beautiful and heartbreaking. Bob Odenkirk is perfect in his portrayal of the morally dubious criminal lawyer, Jimmy McGill, aka Saul Goodman. And he is surrounded by a supporting cast of remarkable talent, including Jonathan Banks, Rhea Seehorn, Michael Mando, and Michael McKean, who was robbed of an Emmy nomination. Odenkirk and Banks received nominations, as did the series, and all deservedly so.

It’s also one of the most beautifully photographed shows and feels cinematic in its scope and pacing.

You may wonder if familiarity with Breaking Bad is required to be entertained by Better Call Saul, and the answer is no. The storytelling is so skillful, anyone can enjoy it without having seen its predecessor. But it will enhance the experience because so much of what happens in the series is tied to the events of BB.

 

It airs on AMC.

Seasons 1 & 2 currently available on Netflix

Season 4 will air in 2018.

 

*Yes, I have seen a show called Game of Thrones, and yes, it too is awesome. And though GoT is bursting with epic spectacle, I actually prefer the more quiet and intimate, Better Call Saul.