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(2015–2022)

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Vince Gilligan admitted that the characters of Chuck McGill and Howard Hamlin developed differently than initially planned. Chuck was going to be the wise older brother who would provide Jimmy with advice and Howard was going to be the nemesis and foil in Jimmy's life. However, after a few episodes, the actors, producers and writers all agreed that the trajectory of the characters would work better if Chuck was the true nemesis in Jimmy's life and Howard was the flawed, sympathetic friend who wanted to help Jimmy. "Chuck was never going to be the bad guy, and Howard was always going to be the one to cause problems in Jimmy's life. What's wonderful is working with such a talented group of writers and actors who aren't afraid to change things and are flexible with trying out different scenarios. I think the way Chuck and Howard have developed fits much more with the theme of the show and offers so many more rewarding outcomes than our original vision," said Vince Gilligan.
Vince Gilligan said his enjoyment of creating the show has opened his mind to other spinoffs or shows set before or after Breaking Bad.
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The music that plays during the end credits is a rearranged version of the Breaking Bad (2008) theme.
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The series takes place in 2002, six years before the beginning of Breaking Bad (2008) and seven years before Saul's first appearance.
Vince Gilligan said that the show would not go past six seasons, as the timeline would eventually run into the Breaking Bad timeline. "We have certain characters that need to be introduced and specific events that need to happen, but the writers have freedom to develop how we get there in allotted time available," said Gilligan in an interview.
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Better Call Saul scored the second highest debut ratings in cable history, with an overall 6.9 million viewers for its pilot episode on AMC. Fellow AMC series Fear the Walking Dead (2015) surpassed that record with 10.1 million viewers in its first episode.
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Jeremy Shamos and Julie Ann Emery, who play the Kettlemans, were given freedom to improvise because the producers liked their dynamic so much.
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Vince Gilligan revealed in an interview that his original plan was to shape the show in season one and eventually step out to let Peter Gould (who originally created the character of Saul Goodman) run the series full-time. He stated that making the season was so creatively fulfilling, though, that he changed his mind and decided to continue running it on an everyday basis for the initial seasons.
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AMC renewed the series for a second season in June 2014, more than 7 months before the pilot episode aired.
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Bob Odenkirk initially turned down reprising his role as Saul Goodman as he felt Breaking Bad was fulfilling enough and he wanted to spend time with his kids. His kids assured him they'll be ok and encouraged him to come back.
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While Breaking Bad (2008) was shot on 35mm film, Better Call Saul is shot on 4K digital.
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Saul Goodman is a pseudonym that was picked because it sounded Jewish and sounds like "It's all good, man."
All the episode titles in Season 1 end in the letter "O" except Better Call Saul: Alpine Shepherd Boy (2015). It was originally titled "Jello," but they were not allowed to use that trademarked name.
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Aaron Paul announced having had "serious talks" with director Vince Gilligan for a possible guest appearance but later told The Huffington Post it was not going to happen. However, before the first episode of season 6 was released, it was announced through the Better Call Saul Twitter that both Jesse and Walter would make an appearance.
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In the fourth episode of second season, Better Call Saul: Gloves Off (2016), the man to whom Mike approaches for guns is the same man who sells guns to Walter White in the second episode of the fourth season (Thirty-Eight Snub) - where Walter purchases the .38 snub-nose revolver for "defense" when he is worried about Gus Fring. He also appears in the flash-forward in the first episode of the fifth season, Breaking Bad: Live Free or Die (2012), of Breaking Bad (2008).
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In Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul (2009), when Walt and Jesse take Saul out into the desert to threaten him, Saul mentions 'Don Lalo' and 'Ignacio'. Both Lalo Salamanca and Ignacio 'Nacho' Varga are recurring characters on Better Call Saul.
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Bob Odenkirk is the only cast member to appear in every episode.
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For many extreme shots like "on the ground shooting straight up" or "from inside a coffee cup" a very compact Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 camera is used.
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It was announced on June 27, 2022 that comedy legend Carol Burnett will join the cast as a character named Marion for the second half of the final season.
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Season 1 Timeline:
  • "Uno" - May 13-May 25, 2002 (thirteen days)
  • "Mijo" - May 25-June 15, 2002 (three weeks)
  • "Nacho" - June 15-16, 2002 (two days)
  • "Hero" - June 16-20, 2002 (five days)
  • "Alpine Shepherd Boy" - June 20-22, 2002 (three days)
  • "Five-O" - June 22, 2002 (one day)
  • "Bingo" - June 23-25, 2002 (three days)
  • "RICO" - June 26-28, 2002 (three days)
  • "Pimento" - June 28-30, 2002 (three days)
  • "Marco" - June 30-July 18, 2002 (three weeks)
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Rex Linn's character owns a bank (Mesa Verde) and in real life he was a Vice President of a bank before pursuing acting.
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Saul's (Bob Odenkirk's) catch phrase "It's showtime, folks!" is a reference to All That Jazz (1979).
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When Bob Odenkirk was growing up he lived in the Chicago suburb of Berwyn, IL which neighbors the suburb of Cicero, IL. Jimmy mentions Cicero in season 1 while speaking to the Skater Twins. Cicero is a real suburb of Chicago. Later in season 2, Jimmy tells his best friend, Marco, he may stop and get a hotdog from "Henry's". Henry's Hotdogs also exists and is located in Cicero, IL.
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Season 2 was originally scheduled to be 13 episodes long, but was shortened to 10 at the request of the producers.
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Though the Cottonwood Mall featured in the Gene Takovic timeline is set in Omaha, Nebraska, it is really in Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, the name "Cottonwood Mall" is a good fit, as the cottonwood is the official state tree of Nebraska.
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According to Rhea Seehorn, her character Kim Wexler is from a small town near the Kansas-Nebraska border called Red Cloud, where she was raised.
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Each episode in season one has a different opening sequence.
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Saul (Bob Odenkirk)'s first appearance on Breaking Bad (2008) was in the eighth episode of the second season. Better Call Saul's first episode having premiered on February 8th is an homage to this: "2/8" (season/episode, month/day).
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Both Bob Odenkirk and Julie Ann Emery previously starred in Fargo (2014).
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In smaller places like Saul (Bob Odenkirk)'s office that is about 64 square feet, Saul (Bob Odenkirk)'s car, and other small spaces, The RED Dragon's 4k digital camera is used.
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The yellow car Saul (Bob Odenkirk) is driving is a sedan version of Suzuki Cultus Crescent 1995-1998 model. The car was known as Suzuki Esteem in North America and Suzuki Baleno in Europe, Asia and Australia.
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The title of this show is named after the title of Breaking Bad: Better Call Saul (2009) (as well as being the tagline for his TV commercials), where Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) made his first appearance in the show.
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In Season 5 Episode 7 "JMM," according to each respective characters' driver license: Saul Goodman is two inches taller and one year, 21 days older than Bob Odenkirk. Kim Wexler is 1½ inches taller and five years, three months, 1 day older than Rhea Seehorn.
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Abigail Zoe Lewis replaces Kaija Bales from Breaking Bad (2008) in the role of Kaylee, Mike's granddaughter due to the character being younger in this series. Although there appears to be debate among fans as to how old Kaylee is supposed to be, as her official wiki states she was born in 1999 and should be 3 by 2002, yet she appears to be closer to 7.
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As of August 2022, Cinnabon has no locations in Omaha, Nebraska. The nearest store from Omaha is inside a convenience store a few miles south, in Bellevue, near Offutt Air Force Base. There are 15 total locations in Nebraska, including one in Lincoln and three in Grand Island.
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Tuco (Raymond Cruz)'s revolver is a Taurus Raging Judge.
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Both Raymond Cruz (Tuco) and Jonathan Banks (Mike) from this show and Breaking Bad (2008) have had roles in a Gremlins movie. Raymond Cruz played the messenger in Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), while Jonathan Banks played Deputy Brent in Gremlins (1984).
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Michael McKean has appeared in two Vince Gilligan spin-offs: The X-Files (1993)' The Lone Gunmen (2001) and Breaking Bad (2008)'s Better Call Saul.
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Howard Hamlin's nickname he gives Jimmy, "Charlie Hustle," is a reference to him as a hard worker, but it is also the nickname of former professional baseball player Pete Rose. Rose was suspended from his career after it was discovered that he was making bets against his own baseball team, echoing Jimmy's own legal problems in his own career.
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During season 3, Saul (Bob Odenkirk) wears a Panavision hat, but the commercials are all shot on videotape using a Sony Betacam-SP.
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Steven Bauer (Don Eladio) also played drug kingpins in Traffic (2000) and Scarface (1983).
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Season six is coming April 18, 2022. It's to be the final season.
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Patrick Fabian (Howard Hamlin) & Ed Begley Jr. (Clifford Main) also worked together on three episodes of Veronica Mars (2004) as Hank Landry & Cyrus O'Dell, respectively.
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Rhea Seehorn previously played an attorney on Franklin & Bash (2011)
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Patrick Fabian also played an attorney/lawyer on Boston Legal.
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Jonathan Banks's character works as a parking lot attendant. In Mike Tyson Mysteries: Is Magic Real? (2014) Banks's character also works as a parking lot attendant.
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Patrick Fabian and Rex Linn have also appeared together in CSI: Miami (2002).
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

In July 2021, Bob Odenkirk suffered a near-fatal heart attack on the set of the 6th and final season shoot. He attributes his survival of the trauma to, among others, his co-stars Rhea Seehorn and Patrick Fabian who were both with him at the time, and reacted so vociferously, the production's medics responded immediately. After three attempts with a defibrillator, they managed to restore his regular heartbeat. He claims to have had no memory at all of the experience, though the attack was severe enough to necessitate the insertion of stents into his heart.
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Peter Gould, co-creator of the series posted on his Twitter account relating to characters' costume colors. Known as the "Fire and Ice Theory". Bad characters wear red to indicate fire and good characters wear blue to indicate ice. The shade indicates the severity. Example: When Tuco (Raymond Cruz) takes Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) and the two brothers into the desert to punish them for trying to hustle Tuco's grandmother, Tuco is seen in a red shirt. Nacho talks him around and saves them from being killed, he is seen during this scene in a blue shirt. When Nacho (Michael Mando) comes to see Jimmy in his office to discuss ripping off the Kettleman's, he is in a red shirt for this scene. Interestingly, Jimmy's car has one red door.
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In Breaking Bad (2008) Season 5 Episode 15, Breaking Bad: Granite State (2013), Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk) visits his "relocator" who can be seen creating a Nebraska driver's license for him. Later in that same episode, Saul tells Walter (Bryan Cranston), "If I'm lucky, a month from now, best-case scenario, I'm managing a Cinnabon in Omaha." The flash forward scenes in Better Call Saul (2015) depict Jimmy McGill living his new life as Gene in Omaha, Nebraska, managing a Cinnabon.
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The creator Vince Gilligan was debating whether to do a show about events surrounding Walter White (Bryan Cranston)'s death or even a 30 minute comedy about the character Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) but ultimately decided upon "Better Call Saul."
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The tequila that Kim (Rhea Seehorn) and Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) are shooting while hustling the investor, Zafiro Añejo, was the same tequila that Gus Fring (Giancarlo Esposito) used to poison the Cartel in Breaking Bad (2008).
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The nail salon where Jimmy (Bob Odenkirk) keeps his office, and later tries to sell to Jesse Pinkman, is located on Juan Tabo, the same street as Gale Boetticher (David Costabile)'s apartment. The corner of Juan Tabo and Osuna was also the spot where Saul's "guy" could pick you up for a new identity.
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In the first episode, we find out that Saul Goodman's real name is Jimmy (James) McGill, the name the character goes by for the majority of the series. Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) was mentioned in Breaking Bad (2008). "Saul Goodman" is, in fact, a persona created by Jimmy McGill.
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Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul shot their scenes for the final season in a row, not exactly knowing how they were going to fit and in what episodes.
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Despite being credited as a main cast member, Michael Mando (Nacho) only appeared in 4 out of 10 episodes of season 1.
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The law firm of Davis and Main refers to a restaurant of the same name in Richmond, VA that Vince Gilligan used to frequent. The restaurant was located at 2501 W. Main St., and was, of course, on the corner of Davis St., hence Davis and Main. It has since closed and is now the site of a Benny Ventano's pizzeria.
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On 28 July 2018, AMC renewed Better Call Saul for a fifth season prior to the airing of season four. Filming for the fifth season began on 10 April 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and ended in September 2019. On what to expect in the fifth season, series co-creator Peter Gould said, "It seems like Jimmy's first move is to try to leverage all the contacts he has in the world of selling drop phones. But don't forget, he also knows the vet [Caldera] ... and the vet is sort of Craig's List for the underworld in Albuquerque. So he can get quite far. The question is: how does he establish a reputation as not just a criminal lawyer but a criminal lawyer? And what does that mean to him at this point? Because situations may require him to do things and turn a blind eye to things that Jimmy McGill would not be able to stomach."
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Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) uses a key fob for his car which looks suspiciously similar to the one used by Walter White (Bryan Cranston) to trigger the machine gun in Breaking Bad: Felina (2013).
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Raymond Cruz, who played Tuco Salamanca in Breaking Bad (2008), appears in this series.
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