When a Saul Goodman-lead spin off of Breaking Bad was announced, it sounded almost like a joke. The acclaimed series’ most cartoonish character in a legal drama seemed like fluff at best, and something that could taint the brand at worst.
Perhaps unsurprisingly given the talent involved, this has not been the case. Better Call Saul has been a roaring success, surpassing its parent show in the eyes of many. Its substantially slower pace gives the prequel an entirely different feel, and allows for its incredible cast to dig deep into some of the finest characters on TV.
Like Breaking Bad before it, there are no small parts on Better Call Saul, and no one dimensional creations, either. Even the most cynical and morally bankrupt parts of the show are given room to breathe, and space to develop into more than they might appear on the page.
Better Call Saul is one of the best dramas on the small screen today, and the entirety of its committed cast is worthy of immense praise - but some stand out in particular. From starring roles to the supporting players, these performers are massively responsible for five years of superb TV.